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Marta Simidtchieva of the University of Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, professor in the Department of Music at the College of Arts and Sciences, will present an evening of Bulgarian music with Miroslav Hristov, violin professor at the University of Tennessee, and Ilia Radoslavov, professor of piano at Illinois Wesleyan University, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 12 at the Dunham Hall Theater in SIUE. The evening will feature works by Bulgarian composers and the world premiere of a piano trio, “Irminden”, by young and future Bulgarian composer Lora Al-Ahmad.

“I am delighted to share the music from my home country with our community,” said Simidtchieva. “The program presents a century of Bulgarian piano trios, culminating with the world premiere of Lora Al-Ahmad’s work“ Irminden ”. SIUE is in the spotlight, and it’s special to present a work for the first time!

Participants will be introduced to the beauty of Bulgarian classical music unique for its rhythms and harmonies. Works rarely performed by Bulgarian composers and the world premiere of Al-Ahmad’s work will be the featured performances.

The event is sponsored by the Association of Professors Emeritus of SIUE and co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and the Department of Music.

In spring 2021, Simidtchieva received the Emeriti Faculty Association Award for his project Bulgarian music and the creative process: a modern transformation of heritage and traditions through a world first.

“Receiving the award from the Association of Emeritus Professors is very meaningful,” said Simidtchieva. “With their support, our students will experience a diverse musical presentation and will have the opportunity to work with guest artists visiting the campus in a masterclass setting. In addition, composer Lora Al-Ahmad will present a webinar for the Women’s Studies program.

Al-Ahmad will present a lecture for the SIUE Women Studies Program on Women Composers and Their Struggle for Recognition, which will take place virtually at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 12. Register for the webinar at https://siue.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5hlmQhPGTvC-fccZ54nx2Q.

In addition to the webinar and the Bulgarian trio event, several masterclasses will be offered at Dunham Hall on Friday 12 November. Al-Ahmad will offer a composition masterclass at 10 a.m. in room 2143; Radoslavov will offer a piano masterclass at 11 am in room 1109; and Hristov will be offering a chamber music masterclass at 11:30 am in Room 2143. All events are free and open to the public.


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