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Released June 25, 2003


HATTIESBURG -- Violinist Daniel Tringov and pianist Dancho Yordanov call themselves the "Burning Velvet Duo," a collaboration formed in 1998 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The pair will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. on July 1 in Bennett Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The young duo has a colorful and eclectic repertoire. In addition to the fundamental and rich classical program one would expect, these musicians have been creating their own arrangements--mostly transcriptions of popular musical masterpieces such as famous opera arias, popular songs and unforgettable jazz tunes. The history of the Burning Velvet Duo is not long, but Tringov said he and Yordanov have "produced an original modern style, a unique emotional performance, an individual musical approach and an inimitable musical message."

Tingov and Yordanov have very carefully created their repertoire by handpicking the pieces from most musical genres, including violin masterpieces, sonatas, concertos and famous opera arias transcribed for violin and piano. In addition to the traditional classical program, the duo sways their audiences through their passionate playing of tangos and other Latin tunes, old favorites, sensitive love songs, fancy jazz pieces and more.

Born in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, Tringov's violin solos have amazing energy, but are counterbalanced by Yardonov's adaptive, sensitive piano. This combination led the duo to the name of "Burning Velvet"-"the burning violin and the velvet piano," Tringov explained.

The duo's special engagement at Southern Miss boasts a program of famous classical favorites, such as Bazzini's "La Ronde des Lutins," Sarasate's "Zigenerweisen" and Massenet's "Meditation (from Tais)." Two Tringov-arranged works, Brahms and Yoahim's "Hungarian Dance No. 5" and Gershwin's "Summertime," will be performed. The duo's double compact disc, "Romantic and Virtuous Unforgettable Pieces," will be available in the auditorium before and after the concert.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the university's Symphony office at (601) 266-4001.


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM