BAR HARBOR — Champion Bulgarian folk singer Elitsa Stoyneva is set to perform with members of the Maine Women’s Balkan Choir on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the Ullikana Inn in Bar Harbor.
Ms. Stoyneva is a seven-time gold medalist in folk singing from Bulgaria. She has been studying Bulgarian folk singing since she was 5, and has performed at competitions and concerts throughout Bulgaria as well as in Egypt, Switzerland, Greece, Canada and the United States. She is a graduate of Elena Vasileva’s special folk music class. She made her U.S. debut in Maine in 2006 and since then has performed numerous times throughout Maine with the Maine Women’s Balkan Choir, and has sung with members of the choir at special diplomatic events in Washington, D.C. In her own country she is associated with Vocal Folklore – Elena Foundation, which helps young talented children and teenagers expand their knowledge and understanding of traditional Bulgarian music.
For her concert in Bar Harbor she is scheduled to perform with choir founders Kirsten Stockman and Anne Tattengorst as Trio Elitsa.
The Maine Women’s Balkan choir is looking for new members to join the core group who have been singing the music of the Balkan region together for 10 years. The choir rehearses every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.
No experience with this sort of singing is necessary, but a love of powerful, haunting music is a must.
A separate children’s choir is also in the offing. Call Kirsten at 288-3800 for more information.