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Balkanes at Serenade! Washington D.C. Choral Festival

Established in 2011 and hailed by The Washington Post as “true harmonic convergence,” Classical Movements’ Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival is an international choir celebration that offers an unforgettable, life-changing experience for singers and audiences alike. Presented free to the public, since its inception, Serenade! has showcased more than 50 choirs from some 25 countries to enthusiastic audiences at prestigious venues throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

Balkanes was born in December 1996 through the encounter of four young women. From diferent backgrounds, they have come together to create original songs from the traditional Bulgarian repertoire, or more widely from the Balkans, broadening their sound palette to include liturgical songs in Slavonic. Two true Bulgarians, living in their adoptive city Lyon, and two Lyonnaises Bulgarian in the soul, came together to evoke traditions, nostalgic memories and love. Laureates of several prizes for interpretation (JMF competitions, the Tremplin des polyphonies of Laas, etc.), they perform both nationally and internationally (the Châtelet Téâtre in Paris, the Amphithéâtre of the Opera of Lyon…), and at numerous music festivals in France, all Europe, Mayotte, Africa…