18 May, Thursday, Canetti House, Ruse

18.00 p.m.

The State Opera House, the Art Gallery, the Elias Canetti House and the State Archives – Ruse united to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews. Everything will happen in the Canetti House, where two exhibitions are on display. One is of Bulgarian artists of Jewish origin from the gallery’s collection, in which the public will see paintings by Anna Kramer-Behar, Marco Behar, Jacques Avdala, Eliezer Alsheh, David Peretz, Yoann Leviev, Andrei Daniel, Grady Assa, Petranka Katz and others. The State Archives presents the documentary exhibition “Conviction and Salvation – the Fate of Bulgarian Jews 1940-1944”. The concert programme chosen for the event is unfamiliar to Bulgaria. In the specific klezmer musical style, it will immerse the audience in the intonational diversities that Jewish musical culture has accumulated during the long journeys of Jewish minorities through different countries and historical eras. This diversity is refracted through the skill and virtuosic technique of the musicians of the Rousse Opera Orchestra. The program will be performed by the Enigma Instrumental Ensemble and soprano Nelly Petkova.

Klezmer is a specific musical style characteristic of the genre of Jewish folk music of the Ashkenazi communities inhabiting Eastern Europe. It is rich in intonational diversity, combining elements of Balkan folklore as early as the 19th century in a colourful unity with the many national musical traditions with which Jewish musical culture was in contact. After the klezmer style was transplanted to the United States, it took on the appearance of ethno-jazz, and specific arrangements for chamber and large orchestral ensembles with classical instruments also brought it closer to the style of classical music.

The project is realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture

The musical evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Canetti House on May 18.