The Svetlina  Ensemble

Inspiring Professional Musicians from Bulgaria on Tour in Bay Area June 11-18:


Those who have journeyed to the lovely and ancient Rila Mountains of Bulgaria have enjoyed many a splendid summer afternoon, gazing into the clear lakes and being transported by the lilting and uplifting sounds of music and song. Now, three talented and inspired musicians who have captured this beauty in their performance, are coming to share this wonderful music in the United States.


Yoana Strateva, professor of violin and chamber music at the New Bulgarian University of Sofia, possesses a repertoire that ranges from the entire spectrum of classics for solo violin, to the haunting and pleasurable melodies of Eastern European strains, to the divinely inspiring sacred music composed by the Bulgarian musician and spiritual teacher Peter Deunov (Beinsa Douno).  


Accompanied on the guitar by her talented son, Bojidar Simov, of the Bulgarian State Music Academy, Yoana brings an extraordinary depth of feeling and expertise of musicianship, as she both performs the classics and introduces American audiences to the Sacred Songs designed to enlighten the mind, soothe the spirit, and transport the listener to new levels of sensitivity and consciousness.  


Also featured in the tour is Ina Doynova, long-time professional opera singer with the Leipzig Opera House in Germany and now a music educator in Bulgaria.  Her grace and expertise bring resonance and clarity to the powerful words of the divinely-inspired tunes.  With titles including "Blagoslavjaj" (Bless),  "Bog e Liubov" (God is Love),  and "Duhat Bozhi" (Spirit of God), these sacred songs are sung mostly in the Bulgarian language, though some include words that transport us back to ancient times.


For devotees of Eastern European music, this concert is not to be missed. For seekers who long to be moved and inspired to new heights of spiritual consciousness, this concert is not to be missed. 


For music lovers who enjoy new and broadening listening experiences, this concert promises to bring musical sweetness, depth, and delight that will long be remembered.


“All beings represent the great cosmic orchestra.  When harmony exists among them, the great Conductor will perform the music of the Life of the supreme Intelligence through this orchestra and will manifest His own Greatness, the beauty of His Thought and His great Love.” Beinso Douno (Peter Deunov)




The Svetlina Ensemble’s SF Bay Area Schedule


Tuesday, June 11, Danville:

pm:  Performing at Jan's school   

eve:  Soiree at Jan's home

Contact Jan Hersh:  925/820-7542,



Thursday, June 13, Sebastapol:

5.30 pm:  Intro to dances of PanEuRhythmy

7.00 pm:  Concert at a private residence

Contact: Irena Nickels:  707/887-1227,



Friday, June 14, San Rafael:

7.30 pm:  Concert at Church of the Nativity,

333 Ellen Drive, off Las Gallinas and Lucas Valley Road

Contact:  Suzanne Noe:  415/472-7997,



Saturday, June 15, Corte Madera:

    9.00 am: PanEuRhythmy dancing in Corte Madera Park.

Contact Ardella:  415/499-8027,


    3.00 pm: Concert in the Berkeley Hills at       

      Jon Ryshpan's Home-with-a-View:  510/843-2015,

1001 Amito (corner of Gravatt) (Rt.580-Ashby-Claremont Ave-Alvarado-Amito)

(Please carpool where possible and park considerately of neighbors.

Parquet floor: Bring cushion or soft floor-seat and soft indoor slippers.



Sunday, June 16, Berkeley: 

    9.00 am: PanEuRhythmy in Cedar-Rose Park, Berkeley

Contact Ardella:  415/499-8027,


     4.00 pm: Walnut Creek,

Concert at Walnut Avenue United Methodist Church,

   260 Walnut Avenue (Rt.680 to Ygnacio Valley Road to Walnut Ave.)

Contact:  Stephen Bonn:  925/933-0548 or 925/274-9549



Bay Area Visit Sponsored by Ardella Nathanael:  415/499-8027,



Awakening from Paneurhythmy, Y.Strateva - Violin & B.Simov - Guitar

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 [EB1] “Svetlina” is Bulgarian for Spiritual Light, or Divine Light