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Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra presents Pictures Worth a Thousand Notes

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra presents

Pictures Worth a Thousand Notes.

This Saturday night January 29th at 7:30 p.m.

At Milford Town Hall

CHSO Concertmaster Dr. Angel Valchinov.

The man behind the violin.

Culture in the People's Republic of Bulgaria has always been controlled by the government, although there were periods of liberalization. Bulgaria's classical music scene began to change for the worse. Orchestras began to disappear; and because there is no work, the young people no-longer take music lessons . There is no future for them. Moreover, Tatiana Krasteva, Angel's first teacher and still one of the top violin teachers in Bulgaria today, currently has no students! Her pension barely covers basic expenses. It is especially painful for Angel to see his parents - both gifted musicians -struggle daily to make ends meet, even after 25 years of outstanding work and dedicated accomplishment. All of Angel's gifted musician friends have had to abandon their country due to the lack of work and professional opportunities. Bulgaria's loss has been our gain, but there is a hole in Angel's heart that he hopes to one day fill by somehow helping to rebuild the great culture his country once proudly owned.

When Angel arrived in the United States, he wasn't sure about what to expect. He quickly realized that, in his own words, "This is a land where dreams can come true, and where one is allowed to dream and be inspired to do their very best. These things should be available everywhere, but they are not." He went on to say, "It is even sadder for me because like you said, "Bulgarians sing even when they are crying". We are a soulful nation, expressive, and full with painful history (including 500 years of Turkish slavery). When its entire people are suffering, unable to fulfill their purpose in life, it is painful. One day, I hope to be able to help my country."

Angel is a dreamer. Every day, he dreams for a better future. His hopes and dreams, unfortunately, have not come to reality, and he still strives to achieve more. With age, comes change - we change the way we look at things. Angel is no-longer obsessed with the violin; it is not his idol. His idol is God, and he seeks God's guidance in everything he does. Angel told me, "Through my violin, I believe God touches people in fantastic ways, stirring their souls, and inspiring them to live life to the fullest. That, ultimately, is the life purpose of a musician."

After graduating from Idyllwild, Angel earned his degree in violin performance from the Harid Conservatory of Music in Florida and his master's from Boston University. Angel earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts, of which he and his family are proud. Of course, he has extensive experience in everything pertaining to the violin. None of that, however, would be possible without the support of his family. He told me, "As I mature, I realize what is important - to find our meaning in this life and to strive daily to fulfill that meaning. Without a strong family behind my back, my Doctorate, awards, and any success, would just be a dream."

Incidentally, Angel joined Boston University's table tennis team, and they went to the state finals. It turned out that he was able to fulfill that dream, without leaving the violin behind! And, Deyana Valchinova is currently attending Boston Conservatory on a full scholarship.

Angel demonstrates the violin at Claflin Hill's Annual Instrument Petting Zoo. Next Family Symphony concert ~ Sunday, March 27th at 3 p.m.

On January 29th, Angel will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 -- an extremely difficult piece of music. The Concerto is one of the best known of all violin concertos and is considered to be among the most technically difficult works for violin. Angel has worked many years to master this piece of music and we are excited to have him play it with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra for our audience.

Angel ended our talk with this thought, "I thank Maestro Surapine for allowing me to perform the Tchaikovsky Concerto with Claflin Hill and for our audience members. I am looking forward to many more excellent years with the orchestra, and to performing in Milford and around the world."

I hope you will be able to join us on Saturday, January 29th to see, feel and be touched by this soulful master, Angel Valchinov, The Man Behind the Violin, as he performs his heart out for us.

Gold reserved: $39, Silver: $34, Student/ Senior Silver: $29

Pictures Worth A Thousand Notes: Saturday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m.

Venue: The Grand Ballroom, 52 Main Street, Milford, MA 01757



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