Press

“The English and Bulgarian voices rose together, with a few Hebrew phrases thrown in, to create a sound at once exotic and deeply familiar.” – The Washington Post; June 21, 2011

“Georgi Andreev’s oratorio A Melancholy Beauty is a smart, confidently written, seductively attractive piece that weaves Bulgarian folk instruments and folk-singing styles into colorful scoring.” – The Washington Post; June 23, 2011

“The Songs of Life festival offers the premiere of an oratorio by the Bulgarian composer Georgi Andreev, who combines elements of classical choral style and folk music to tell the story of the rescue of almost 50,000 Bulgarian Jews during World War II.” – New York Times; June 23, 2011

“…a massive undertaking …a noteworthy and stirring endeavor that deserves to be heard.” “… all delivered spectacular performances…and a few goose-bumps moments.” “This is a smart, confidently written, seductively attractive piece that weaves Bulgarian folk instruments and folk-singing styles into colorful scoring.” – The Boston Musical Intelligencer; June 24, 2011

“‘I feel this is a message of the utmost importance,’ Tchonev said. ‘And I want it to be heard in all the cultural capitals in America. For me, this is a heavenly commission.'” – The Boston Herald; June 22, 2011

“More than 300 performers will commemorate the rescue of 49,000 Jews by the citizens of Bulgaria.” – The Boston Globe; June 22, 2011

“‘The concerts,’ Tchonev says, ‘are a way to tell the story of the Bulgarians’ action, which remains largely a secret two decades after Bulgaria became a free country.'” – The Jewish Week, New York; June 24, 2011

“… It is right for us to start a festival that would share the message of the rescue and how it happened. This is a great way to bring to the multitudes a story that is largely unknown.” – Sharon Tchonev to The Examiner, Washington, DC; June 16, 2011

“‘All the [49,000] Jews were to perish, but the people of Bulgaria spoke up,’ explains Sharon Tchonev, who with her husband, Kalin, founded Songs of Life, a recurring music festival dedicated to telling stories in music, that encourage people to make the right decisions to save lives.” – Washington Jewish Week; June 16, 2011

“Musically the composer has masterfully combined folk song with full symphonic music into a dramatic oratorio. Elements of gypsy music and Hebrew dance blend seamlessly with popular song and large full symphonic forces of almost 300 in the finale. It is hair-raising at times, poignant at others, dance-like in a folk manner in places.” – The Jewish Daily Forward; June 29, 2011

“Three hundred performers came to the Kennedy Center for the world premiere of A Melancholy Beauty, an oratorio by Georgi Andreev commemorating the Bulgarians who saved the lives of 49,000 Jews during the Holocaust.” – Washingtonian; June 4, 2011

“The performance commemorated the historic but little-known rescue of Bulgaria’s 49,000 Jews from the Holocaust by ordinary citizens who rose up in civil disobedience and demanded of the King and Parliament that Bulgaria’s Jews be spared from Nazi extermination. No Bulgarian Jews went to the Concentration Camps.” – Atlanta Jewish Times; June 3, 2011

“A stirring union of classical music, Bulgarian folklore and Hebrew motifs to create a deep sense of respect for human courage, perseverance and dignity.” – Sofia News Agency; Bulgaria

“The production blends classical symphonic styles with traditional Bulgarian instruments to achieve a sound that is utterly new.” – San Diego Jewish Journal

Ari Davidow, “”Songs of Life” Festival commemorates Bulgarian rejection of Nazi antisemitism during WWII”, the KlezmerShack, 2/23/2008, www.klezmershack.com

“Songs of Life Festival in Bulgaria and Israel”, Jewish Music Web Center, 2/24/2008, www.jmwc.org

“Festival to celebrate rescue of Bulgarian Jews”, The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, 3/21/2008, www.jewishchronicle.org

“Songs of Life festival of thanksgiving celebrates rescue of World War II Jews”, Columbia Jewish News, p. 16, 3/29/2008 – 4/3/2008.

Featured article re: Songs of Life festival, Lexington Chronicle, June 2008

Joe Wilson (R-SC), “In recognition of the Songs of Life International Choral Festival”, Extension of Remarks on the House Floor, Congressional Records, p. E1804, 09/16/2008.

“Flower for every survivor”, Jerusalem Post, Nov 2008

“Jews thank the citizens of Stara Zagora with 4,000 roses”, 11/19/2008, http://www.chambersz.com/

Leda Veselinova, “Jews thank the citizens of Stara Zagora with 4,000 roses”, Starozagorski novini (Stara Zagora News local newspaper), 11/19/2008, http://news.stara-zagora.org/

KaDoDi, “Children present 49,000 flowers as gratitude for the saving of”, 11/20/2008 14:21h, http://www.sofiadnes.com/

“Shalom presents 4,000 flowers and cards”, 106/11-21-08, http://novinata.bg/

Hari Nigohosjan, “Songs of Life and 49,000 carnations”, Plovdivmedia, 11/21/2008, http://www.plovdivmedia.com/

“1st International Choral Festival”, 11/21/2008, http://www.events.bg/

“International Choral Festival, commemorating the saving of the Bulgarian Jews, will take place”, 11/21/2008,http://www.nccedi.government.bg/

His Majesty King Simeon II received a flower and a thank-you card from descendents of saved Jews, 11/23/2008,http://www.kingsimeon.bg/

“King Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha receives a flower and a thank-you card from descendents of saved Jews”, 11/23/2008,http://www.ndsv.bg/

“65 year of the saving of the Bulgarian Jews”, 11/23/2008, 01:24, http://news.ibox.bg/

“Singing to the Bulgarians”, Ha-Aretz (Israeli national daily newspaper), 11/27/2008

Violeta Gurnakova, “Life goes on” for the singer Antonina Toncheva”, Narodno Delo (Peoples Affair Varna local newspaper), 11/27/2007, http://www.narodnodelo.bg/

Stojan Kolev, “Hearts, open to the good”, Evrejski Vesti (Jewish News national newspaper), 23: 3, 12/05/2008

Merri Rosenberg, “Singing Their Praises”, The Jewish Week, 12/10/2008, http://www.thejewishweek.com/

Harriet P. Gross, “In My Mind’s I”, Texas Jewish Post, 12/23/2008, http://tjpnews.com/

Pastor A. Avramov, “International Day commemorating the Holocaust January 27, 2009”, http://www.remember-holocaust.info/ – speech in front of the Euro parliament

http://www.balgari.eu/

Violeta Gornakova, multiple interviews and announces for the workshop, piano master classes, and Songs of Life festival, Narodno Delo, Varna, 2004-2009

Violeta Gurnakova, “Creation” will be shown for the first time in Varna”, 05/28/2009, Narodno Delo (People Affair Varna local newspaper),

Irina Karpuzanova, “Varna will mark 200-year memorial for the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn with the Creation oratorio”, 05/27/2009,

Varna City “Internationally-recognized conductors train Americans in Varna”, 01/11/2007,

Varna City “Internationally-recognized conductors train Americans in Varna”, 01/09/2007, 10:59,

Mariana Parvanova, “The Tchonev family has produced conductors over the generations”, Sedmichen Trud (Weekly Labor national newspaper), p. 17, 06/07/2006

Bojana Ljubenova, “VIII International Workshop concludes with concerts”, Cherno More, p. 21, 01/09/2006

“VII International Workshop concludes with concerts”, Cherno More, p. 19, 06/13/2005

Olga Boeva, “Marina Lomazov, pianist from USA: The Master Class is an important stage in the development of the young pianist”, Cherno More, p. 14, 06/07/2005

Bojana Ljubenova, “Prof. John Kenneth Adams, pianist and pedagogue from USA: The Master Class connects schools, nationalities”, Cherno More, p. 14, 06/03/2005

Bojana Ljubenova, “VII International Workshop begins in Varna”, Cherno More, p. 13, 31-05-2005

Bojana Ljubenova, “For the second time Varna hosts the Piano master Class and competition”, Cherno More, p. 14, 05/26/2005

Olga Boeva, “Dobri Hristov works will be sung in Kansas and: 7th International Conducting Workshop”, Cherno More, p. 21, 01/10/2005

“Varna hosts the VI Conducting Workshop“, Cherno More (Black Sea Varna local newspaper), 05/27/2004,

Natalia Boyadjieva, “Marin Chonev, Zvutsi s duha na more,” Bulgari, spisanie za bulgari v Chehia,

Violeta Gornakova, multiple interviews and announces for the workshop, piano master classes, and Songs of Life festival, Narodno Delo, Varna, 2004-2009

TV appearances

Denitsa, Exclusive interview, Bulgarian National Television – Plovdiv branch, 11/25/2008

  •     Topic: Songs of Life Festival
  •     Duration: 30 min

“Thanksgiving for Rescuing Bulgarian Jews”, Interview for New Tang Dynasty Television, 12/11/2008,http://english.ntdtv.com/

In search of the truth with Plamen Tsolov, Bulgarian Christian Television, 11/2008:

“Yes to life”, http://84.54.137.172/
“Together we can”, http://84.54.137.172/

Kiril Asparuhov, Live interview, MSAT, 06/2006

Topic: Varna International Conductors Workshop

Velin Paskov (producer and host), Specialized music show, MSAT, 01/10/2006:

Topic: Varna International Conductors Workshop / Participation of US choirs
Duration: 30 min

Bulgarian National Television, 1997

Interview with Kalin Tchonev and special program (by accompanying crew for 3 weeks) about the US tour of Varna Municipal Choir Morski Zvutzi

Radio appearances

Announcement for Songs of Life festival, radio Focus, 11/2008, www.focus-news.net

Multiple appearances as guest speaker at Bulgarian National Radio – Varna branch, 2000 – 2009.

Emilija Nikolova, “Together after midnight” program, Hristo Botev Channel, Bulgarian National Radio, 05/29/2009,

“The premiere of the Creation oratorio by Joseph Haydn marks the end of the 11th International Conductors Workshop. Kalin Tchonev, workshop organizer, explains why the oratorio has not been performed in Varna until now.”

Manuela Mancheva, American Choirs – exclusive interview with Kalin Tchonev, Cantate Jubilate Program, Bulgarian National Radio, 07/20/2005

Multiple appearances as guest speaker at Bulgarian National Radio – Varna branch, 2000 – 2009.

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