After a year-long break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Arbanassi Summer Music Classical Chamber Festival returns with four magnificent concerts in the exciting environment of the churches “St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel” and “St. Georgi” in the architectural reserve Arbanassi.
The eleventh edition of the music forum will be from July 14th to 20th and will feature works by Mozart, Edward Elgar, Ottorino Respighi, Berlioz, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein. The works will be performed by an international band of musicians from Belgium, Germany and Bulgaria. Arbanassi Summer Music has been held since 2010 on the initiative of musicians Dimitri Mestdag and his wife Julita Fasseva, who was born in Veliko Tarnovo. The cultural forum takes chamber music out of the concert hall and introduces it to the magnetic church atmosphere, uniting musicians and audience in a unique experience.
The first two festival evenings will be in the unique church St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The program of the opening concert on July 14th includes Serenade for Strings by Edward Elgar and two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Divertimento KV 138 and Exsultate, jubilate. On July 16th, the international band will perform Ancient Melodies and Dances, Suite No. 3 by Ottorino Respighi and Summer Nights by Hector Berlioz.
On July 19th, the festival stage will be moved to the Arbanassi church “St. George” and will feature works by English composers Gustav Holst and Benjamin Britten, as well as the symphonic suite West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. Selected works from the Arbanassi Summer Music 2021 program will be presented in the final concert the following evening, July 20th.
The host and organizer of the event is the Regional History Museum with the support of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo. The event is part of the Cultural Calendar of the Old Capital for 2021 and is the winner of the prestigious label “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe”.