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Divi Zheni in Concert, Woburn, MA. Photo © George Peet

 

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 6:30 pm
Joining Voices, Sharing Songs
Performances by Divi Zheni and Sharing a New Song
A concert to sustain the educational and protective services offered to women and children in Bulgaria
First Baptist Church of Lexington
1580 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA 02420
$20 at the door or at Sharing a New Song website
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Recent Divi Zheni performances

April 26, 2014, 9pm sharp!
Divi Zheni in a Bulgarian Dance Party at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
NEFFA is a wonderful, bountiful weekend of international folk music, dance, and crafts.
We’ll be performing Saturday evening, for a Bulgarian Dance Party — bring your dancing shoes! No experience required, friendly instructors will be on hand to show you steps!
Mansfield High School
250 East Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Visit the NEFFA website for detailed ticketing info and directions

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 7:30pm
A Cozy Evening of Slavic Choral Music — A Benefit Concert
Featuring Tatiana Sarbinska’s Bulgarian women’s chorus Divi Zheni, along with special guests The Yale Slavic Chorus!
Delicious complimentary homemade refreshments follow the show.
Proceeds from the concert to benefit the the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church, our rehearsal home, whose Community Supper Kitchen feeds over 100 people every week.
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
404 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02135
Suggested donation: $10; Seniors/Students $5; Includes refreshments!

Saturday, March 15th, 2014, 9:30pm
Balkan Music Night
An astounding & delightful evening of Balkan music and dance by local, national and international performers! Divi Zheni will go on at 9:30 (on the dot!) for the dance party.
Friends of the Performing Arts Concert Hall
51 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742
Until March 1, admission is:
$25 for the whole evening — 7pm to 2:30am (that is not a typo — this party runs till 2:30am — you get your money’s worth!)
$15 for the dance party only — 9pm to 2:3am
Starting March 2 prices increase to $30 (whole evening) and $20 (dance party only)
Free refreshments! Donated by area restaurants & bakeries
FAC members: $1 discount
Seniors and Children under 12:$2 discount
Wheelchair accessible
This event sells out – get tickets early!
For more information call 781-438-4387

Sunday, January 26, 2014
A Traditional Bulgarian Sedenka! Featuring Divi Zheni, Mladost, Omaya, and Zornitsa
An afternoon concert by Divi Zheni and Omaya, together with the Bulgarian Center of New England and Bulgarian American Center Madara.  At this sedenka we shared traditions honoring St. Trifon Zarezan, also known as Trifon the Pruner the patron saint of grape-vine pruning and wine! St. Trifon’s feast is celebrated by Bulgarian vine growers in mid-winter, and includes rituals to encourage a bountiful crop. Featuring performances by: Boston-based Balkan choral ensembles Divi Zheni, Zornitsa and Omaya, directed by world-renowned Bulgarian vocal artist Tatiana Sarbinska, and by the fiery Mladost Folk Ensemble directed by Andy Taylor-Blenis.
ACAS Activity Center
29 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA
Delicious food sale benefited the Bulgarian Center of New England.

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Balkan Spirit of Spring
Springtime in the Balkans! Divi Zheni will presented music, dance, and rituals from Lazaruvane, the springtime festival of St. Lazarus, which bids health, prosperity, and fertility to households, and blesses fields, forests and rivers. Followed by live music for Balkan dancing and delicious refreshments!
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
Brighton, MA
This event was a fundraiser for the church’s Community Supper Kitchen, which feeds over 100 people every week — thanks to our wonderful audience for their support!

Friday, May 3, 2013
Bulgarian Night at the Folk Arts Center of New England with Divi Zheni & Zornitsa
Listening & dancing to beautiful, lively Balkan songs by Divi Zheni & Zornitsa at the Folk Arts Center’s Bulgarian Night!
Park Avenue Congregational Church
Arlington, MA

Saturday, April 27, 2013
A Journey of the Heart
Women’s Music and Dance from Around the World with Divi Zheni and Libana
Libana and Divi Zheni shared a concert! Each group presented a set of their own repertoire, as well as joined together in some songs. Live music for Balkan dancing ended the evening. It was a wonderful night of international women’s music and dance!
Harvard Epworth Church
Cambridge, MA

Divi Zheni & Zornitsa in and Afternoon of Bulgarian Music
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Amazing Things Arts Center
The Amazing Things Arts Center is home to a thriving arts community deeply rooted in the belief that, “The arts are a rich form of communication that allows us to meet, understand and accept each other.” The Center offers and supports the creation of all types of music, theater, and visual arts.
Framingham, MA

Voices from the Balkans
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Featuring World Class Bulgarian Vocalist Tatiana Sarbinska, Virtuoso Accordionist Koliu Kolev, and Boston-Based Balkan Choruses Divi Zheni, and Zornitsa
And featuring the premiere performance of the award winning “Concerto for Gadulka and Strings” by Composer Ralph Iverson, Performed by The Struni Ensemble with Gadulka soloist, Ralph Iverson
Presented by World on Stage
Regent Theater
Arlington, MA

Divi Zheni to sing for the President of Bulgaria, Rossen Plevneliev
Friday, September 28, 2012
The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in Massachusetts, The Bulgarian American Cultural Center Madara in Boston & Europeans in Boston, hosted a Community Meeting with the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Rosen Plevneliev. Divi Zheni was honored to perform a short concert set for the President, who was in the US to attend the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Innovation Center
Cambridge, MA

A Traditional Spring Sedenka!
by Divi Zheni, with accompaniment by friends from Zornitsa
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Brighton, MA
Thank you to all who were able to come and suppor this fundraiser for the church’s Community Supper Kitchen, which feeds over 100 people every week

8th Bulgarian Cultural Festival in New England
ACAS Activity Center
Sunday, May 13th, 2012
Woburn, MA
With: Horo Ensemble – Bulgarian Folk Dance from Chicago, and Zornitsa – Boston’s own Balkan Men’s Chorus & Orchestra, directed by Tatiana Sarbinska
Hosted by The Bulgarian-American Cultural Center MADARA.

Bulgarian Night at the Folk Arts Center
with Divi Zheni and Zornitsa
Park Avenue Congregational Church Parish Hall
Friday, March 9, 2012
Arlington, MA
We dedicated this evening to the memory of our dear friend and long-time chorus member, Bonnie Armstrong. With her amazing spirit and musicianship she lifted us all up. Our memory of her lives on in music and dance.

Sedenka – Traditional Work Party!
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Allston, MA
This event was a benefit for Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, and for Divi Zheni

Divi Zheni in an Afternoon of Bulgarian Music
Amazing Things Arts Center
Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Framingham, MA 01702

Bulgarian Diocesan Convention
Private Dinner-Dance Performance
Saturday, July 16th, 2011
Boston, MA

Belmont World Film – 10th Anniversary Season – Final Night!
with Divi Zheni as Guest Artists
Studio Cinema
Monday, April 25th, 2011
Belmont, MA

Wild Bulgarian Dances!
New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Mansfield, MA

Private Concert
Brookhaven Senior Community
Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Lexington, MA

A Traditional Spring Sedenka
by Divi Zheni, with accompaniment by friends from Zornitsa
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
Thank you to everyone who came and supported the church’s Community Supper Kitchen!
Brighton, MA

Balkan Music Night
Friends of the Performing Arts Concert Hall
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
What a full-moon night it was!
Concord, MA

Private Concert
Lasell Village on the Campus of Lasell College

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Newton, MA

Sedenka – Traditional Work Party!
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Sunday, December 5th, 2010
Allston, MA
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the holidays with us, and to support the church’s soup kitchen!

Folk Arts Center of New England
Friday Night International Folk Dance!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Arlington, MA

An Evening of Bulgarian Music
Amazing Things Arts Center
November 7, 2010
The Amazing Things Arts Center is home to a thriving arts community deeply rooted in the belief that, “The arts are a rich form of communication that allows us to meet, understand and accept each other.”
Framingham, MA

Divi Zheni, Zornitsa, and Orfeia in Concert at Koprivshtitsa
National Folklore Festival
August 6, 2010
Main Festival State and Town Square Stage
Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
This National Folklore Festival takes place once every five years, in the beautiful mountain hamlet of Koprivshtitsa. Every village, town and city in Bulgaria sends it’s best folk musicians and dancers to perform traditional works for three music-drenched days. Beautiful, ancient harmonies resound from peak to peak, and elevate the listeners’ soul! Visitors come from around the world to experience and participate. We joined our brother group Zornitsa, and our sister group Orfeia, and performed village-style folk songs at the festival!!
Deepest thanks to our audience members for their support this year, which made this trip possible. We look forward to sharing with you some of the new songs we learned!

Concert at Sozopol
August 10, 2010
Town Amphitheater
Sozopol, Bulgaria

Concert in Kaljanovo
August 12, 2010
Village Concert Hall
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Private Concert for the Annual Celebration of English at Large
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Medford, MA 02135

Walker Hall Series’ Concert
Friday, April 9, 2010
The Taft School
Watertown, CT
The Taft School is the alma mater of one of our long-time chorusters, Kate Jellinghaus. The school’s Walker Hall Concert Series offers music performance ranging from classical, to jazz, to Christmas caroling, and now folkloric Balkan!

Divi Zheni – an Evening of Bulgarian Music
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
Brighton, MA
This event was a fundraiser for the church’s Community Supper Kitchen, which feeds over 100 people every week — thanks to our audience for their support!

Balkan Music Night
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
An astounding & delightful evening of Balkan music and dance by local, national and international performers.
Friends of the Performing Arts Concert Hall
Concord, MA
Our chorus member Mari Young is quoted in this Boston Globe article about Balkan Music Night!

Divi Zheni’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Payson Park Church
Belmont, MA
A big party with current and former Divi Zheni members, and featuring much music-making by Divi Zheni, Zornitsa, Pajdashi, and Zdravets!
Thanks to all who came out to celebrate!
The Sunday Boston Globe picked our party as one of it’s Best of the ‘Burbs music events!

Sedenka – Traditional Work Party!
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Allston, MA
A a benefit for Divi Zheni and for the church’s free weekly soup kitchen, which feeds 70-90 people a week. Thanks for your support, and for the knitting!

Divi Zheni & Mladost – A Benefit Concert of Bulgarian Song & Dance
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Presented by Bulgarian-American Center Madara
At the ACAS Activity Center
Woburn, MA
This event was a benefit concert to raise funds for Divi Zheni & Mladost’s musical and dance tour in Bulgaria, summer 2010, to the renowned Koprivshtitsa folk festival and other performance locales. Many thanks to our supporters, at this event and others!

Private Concert at Newbury Court
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Concord, MA

Partners in Perinatal Health – 20th Anniversary Celebration
Private Concert
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Marlborough, MA
Sponsored by the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Massachusetts

Divi Zheni in an Evening of Bulgarian Music & Dance

South Acton Congregational Church Coffeehouse
Saturday, May 16th, 2009
Acton, MA
Divi Zheni in an Evening of Bulgarian Music & Culture
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Brighton, MA
A fundraiser for the church’s Community Supper Kitchen

Balkan Music Night
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Concord, MA
An astounding & delightful evening of music and dance!
Friends of the Performing Arts Concert Hall
Including Divi Zheni in the Kefana upstairs!

Balkan Singing Workshop with Tatiana Sarbinska
Friday March 20, 2009
Hosted by Springstep & BAC Madara
Springstep
Medford, MA

A Bulgarian Holiday Celebration
Saturday, January 10th, 2009
Springstep
Medford, MA
Featuring: Divi Zheni, Zornitsa, Kolyo Kolev, Mladost, and the Balkan Revels Kids. Co-hosted by The Bulgarian-American Cultural Center MADARA, Violeta Zheliazkova of BGFocus, and our artisitic director, Tatiana Sarbinska.

Sedenka – Traditional Work Party!
Friday, December 12th, 2008
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Allston, MA

MIT International Folk Dance
Sunday, November 16th, 2008
MIT Stratton Center
Cambridge, MA
MIT’s weekly International Folk Dancing gathering. A great, low-key (& low cost!) way to learn some simple folk dances. We sang and played live accompaniment for the dancers.

Mysterious Rhythms of Bulgaria
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
Boston, MA
A soulful celebration of Bulgarian music and dance, featuring:
Dance ensembles Ludo Mlado and Mladost, led by Petur Petrov, and songs & music by Divi Zheni and Zornitsa, conducted by Tatiana Sarbinska.
Calderwood Pavilion at The Huntington Theater

Grachanitsa Annual Benefit Concert & Party
Saturday, May 17th, 2008
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
Cambridge, MA
This evening full of Balkan song and dance (& dinner!) was to support wonderful, local Serbian dance troupe Grachanitsa.

Balkan Music Night
Saturday, March 8th, 2008
Concord, MA
An astounding & delightful evening of Balkan music and dance by local, national and international performers.
Friends of the Performing Arts
Concord, MA

Divi Zheni in an Evening of Bulgarian Music, Dance, & Culture, featuring Tatiana Sarbinska and Kolyo Kolev
Saturday November 10th, 2007
South Acton Congregational Church Coffeehouse
A full & lively evening of Balkan music, dance and crafts!
Acton, MA

Tatiana Sarbinska’s Bridge Beyond Borders Concert Series
October 2007
Sofia Symphony Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
American University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Folkloric Composition Contest, Chepelare, Bulgaria

Mothers’ Day Benefit Concert for
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Sunday May 13th, 2007
Allston, MA
A celebration of Mother’s Day, and a benefit concert for the lovely church where we rehearse. Our musical home!

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
Mansfield, MA
A bountiful weekend of international folk music, dance, and crafts. At our Sunday afternoon concert we sang some new repertoire, including the lovely Churjashka E Rod Rodila, and the solemn Brala Moma Ruzha Tsvete.

Tatiana Sarbinska with Ludo Mlado, Zornitsa, and Divi Zheni
Sunday, March 25th, 2007
Trinity Episcopal Church
Newton, MA
A wonderful Bulgarian music & dance concert to celebrate the release of our artistic director Tatiana Sarbinska’s newly recorded and published CDs!
And Tatiana’s first Boston-area concert since 2001 — a special opportunity to hear a true master and legend of Balkan singing perform live.
Sponsored by BGFfocus.com

Balkan Music Night
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
An astounding & delightful evening of music and dance.
Friends of the Performing Arts
Divi Zheni played for the Dance Party
Concord, MA

Balkan Singing Workshop with Tatiana Sarbinska
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
An opportunity to learn from a master teacher and performer of Bulgarian vocal technique. Open to singers and non-singers alike!
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Allston, MA

MIT International Folk Dance
Live music for MIT’s weekly evening of International Folk Dancing
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
MIT Stratton Student Center,
Cambridge, MA

New England Conservatory Summer Intercultural Institute
Vocal Music of Bulgaria – taught by Tatiana Sarbinska
Concert by Institute participants and Dance Party with music by Divi Zheni and Zornitsa
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Allston, MA

A Concert by Summer Intercultural Institute teacher Tatiana Sarbinska with Koliu Kolev (accordion) and Divi Zheni
Saturday, June 10, 2006
New England Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Natick, MA

Balkan Music Night
Concert and Dance Party
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Friends of the Performing Arts
Concord, MA

The Old Ship Coffeehouse off the Square
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Old Ship Church Parish House
Hingham, MA

Folk Arts Center of New England International Folk Dance
Dance to music by Divi Zheni and the “All-Girl Band”
Friday, January 6, 2006
Park Avenue Congregational Church
Arlington MA

National Academy of Arts and Music at Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Concert with Slaveya & Zornitsa

The State Opera House of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Monday, August 8, 2005
Concert with Slaveya & Zornitsa

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
Acclaimed National Folk Festival
Thursday, August 4, 2005
Dance concert in the town square

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Convention
Concert and Dance Party
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Boston, MA

Earth Day at Garden in the Woods
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Garden in the Woods
Framingham, MA

And many others …