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Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

February 7 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Catamount Arts and KCP Presents announce the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, February 7th, at Lyndon Institute Auditorium. One of Bulgaria’s leading cultural institutions, the national orchestra is bringing 80 musicians to the LI stage.

Founded in 1892, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra is brilliantly representative of Bulgaria’s contemporary musical culture. They’ve performed in all of the major musical centers across Europe, Asia, and North America, earning high acclaim from even the most demanding of audiences.
“(T)he Sofia Philharmonic is reaching new artistic heights under its music director, Nayden Todorov,” raves Gramophone. “[T]he Sofia Philharmonic…has established itself as Bulgaria’s most illustrious musical institution.”
Adds Bachtrack, “The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra’s work is of consistent high quality. The string sound was clean and bright, ensemble was pin-sharp, the timbre of every woodwind instrument was rich, the solos attractively phrased. The sound of the two horns was gorgeous in their many interventions. Under the attentive baton of Nayden Todorov, not a hair was out of place.”
One of contemporary Bulgaria’s most prominent musicians, composer Nayden Todorov has had an exceptionally varied career; among his many international highlights are appearances as conductor of film scores and crossover projects. He became the Vratza Philharmonic’s principal conductor at 21 years old, founded Bulgaria’s Thracia Summer Festival at 23, and made his operatic and ballet debuts well before the age of 30.
Todorov has made guest appearances with orchestras on four continents and served as director of the State Opera in Ruse, Bulgaria, before becoming director of the Sofia Philharmonic. He has made several hundred recordings for the MMO (Music Minus One) label.
The Sofia Philharmonic’s musical program on February 7th will include Mozart’s Overture from the Marriage of Figaro, Violin Concerto #3, featuring soloist Liya Petrova, and Symphony #41, also featuring Petrova. A First Prize Winner at the International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition 2016 in Denmark, Petrova is praised for her “effortless virtuosity” (The Strad ), “exceptional tonal variety “ (Gramophone ), and “gorgeous sound – ripe and silvery…with majestic breadth” (Times of London). Classical Music magazine finds her “staggeringly good” and “intensely lyrical.”
Petrova, born in Bulgaria but based now out of Paris, plays the Helios, a magnificent instrument made in Cremona in 1735 by Stradivarius disciple Carlo Bergonzi, on generous loan by private sponsors.

For tickets to see the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, at Lyndon Institute, February 7th, at 7pm, or to learn more about upcoming KCP Presents shows, visit or Alternatively, call 802-748-2600 or visit the Catamount Arts pop-up box office in the Caplan’s Building on Railroad Street, in St. Johnsbury.
The KCP Presents Series is produced by Catamount Arts working in association with Kingdom County Productions and supported by generous local sponsors including Passumpsic Bank, St. Johnsbury Academy, Vermont Broadcast Associates, Vermont Public, Seven Days, The Point, The Autosaver Group, and with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.


February 7
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Catamount Arts
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Creative Zone
Northeast Kingdom Zone (Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties)


Lyndon Institute
168 Institute Circle
Lyndon, 05850
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