Yesterday, a special event was held at the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopol in Plovdiv on the occasion of the fifth edition of the festival “Untread Path”. The festival is supported by the National Fund “Culture” of the Ministry of Culture.
Among the official guests at the event was the deputy. -Minister of Culture Viktor Stoyanov, representatives of the Municipality of Plovdiv, the Ancient Plovdiv Municipal Institute, America for Bulgaria Foundation and a number of partners of the festival.
In her opening speech, pianist Laura Chekoratova thanked the Ministry of Culture and the National Fund of Culture for their support of the festival since its establishment in 2018 and for the story of the history and causes of the Foundation “Untracked Path”.
At the centre of the program of the special evening was the world premiere of a new piano quintet by Dobrinka Tabakova – “Stone Trail” (2023), written especially for the occasion and inspired by the museum.
The audience heard for the first time on the Bulgarian stage and works by American composer Jessie Montgomery, two songs by Dobrinka Tabakova, as well as classical works by Schuman and Caldera.
The performers of the concert were Bulgarian musicians Georgi Valchev and Nikola Takov (violin), Rumen Tsvetkov, viola, Alexander Somov, cello, Mariana Karpatova, mezzo-soprano and Laura Chekoratova, piano.
All guests received a particular tile with reproductions of the mosaics in the basilica to commemorate the premiere, which is the first official commission for a new work by Dobrinka Tabakova made in her homeland.