The Second Concert of the 2017-2018 Season


Song cycle, Op. 22, Blumenmadchen, R. Strauss
Songs by S. Rachmaninoff
Bulgarian Folk Songs
Arias by Dvorak, Verdi, Massenet and Puccini
Dr. Zahari Metchkov
Collaborative Pianist
Dr. Zahari Metchkov joins Tsvetana Bandalovska as collaborative pianist for January's RMMA Concert.  He is both a pianist and an organist performing at such venues as New York's Avery Fisher Hall and Washington's Kennedy Center.  He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria and the US.  His first CD was released in 2008 - a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck and a second recording project featuring solo works for piano and organ was completed in the spring of 2014.  

Zahari places a high priority over the education of young pianists and is the President-Elect for the Colorado State Music Teachers association.  He is a frequent guest adjudicator and clinician to numerous piano festivals in Colorado. 

Metchkov is the Artistic Director of the Pueblo Keyboards Arts Festival and Piano Conversations Concert Series, Pueblo, as well as Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Concert Series.  He is the music director at Ascension Episcopal church, Pueblo, leading the choir and serving as organist. 

Dr. Metchkov is an associate Professor of Music at the Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado.  

Tsvetana Bandalovska, Soprano collaborates with
Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Pianist
in the January RMMA Concert.

Tsvetana Bandalovska was born in Komi, Russia. She studied at the Pancho Vladigerov Academy of Music, Sofia, graduating with a MM in Opera Singing in 1999, and has been specializing in psycho techniques based on Anthroposophy at the Michael Chekhov Foundation, Sofia. Her vocal instructors include Christina Angelakova, Alexandrina Miltcheva, Salvatore Fisichella, and mastered her vocal skills with the distinguished opera primi Raina Kabaivanska, Gena Dimitrova and Anna Tomowa-Sintow.

She has won numerous international awards and prizes including the silver medal in the Boris Christoff competition in 2004, and was selected to represent Bulgaria in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005 and Placido Domingo’s Operalia (Washington, DC, USA) in 2001. Also, she has participated in the Bartok&Puccini Festival in Hungary, Aspendos Festival in Turkey, and Classic Open Air Festival in Switzerland and performed the Beethoven’s Ninth symphony in the Forbidden City of Beijing, China with the Orchestra of Nations, conducted by Justus Franz.

Her repertoire includes the roles Salome – Salome, Dido – “Dido&Aeneas”, Donna Anna& Donna Elvira – “Don Giovanni”, Pamina – “Die Zauberflöte”, Mimi – “La Boheme”, Marguerite – “Faust”, Michaela – “Carmen”, Cio-Cio-San – “Madama Butterfly”, Liu – “Turandot”, Desdemona – “Otello”, Leonora – “Il Trovatore”, as well as chamber and oratorial music. Tsvetana Bandalovska has performed in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, USA, Russia, Great Britain and Tunisia.

2001- present – contract  as principal artist at the Sofia National Opera (Bulgaria)

1998-1999 – State  Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov,” Sofia (Bulgaria)
Master of Music, Opera Singing;
1994-1998 – State Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov,” Sofia (Bulgaria)
Bachelor of Music, Opera Singing


Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7 PM


Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church
20256 Hunting Downs Way, Monument, CO 80132

 Reception Follows

About RMMA

Rocky Mountain Music Alliance is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to provide for the enjoyment of classical music in the Pikes Peak region and to support the study of classical music. RMMA brings world-acclaimed musicians to the Tri-Lakes area several times each year to perform chamber music in intimate settings. In conjunction with many of these performances, the visiting musicians provide master classes free of charge to the rising stars of local students studying classical music.  The master classes are always open for the enjoyment and education of the public.  RMMA hopes to motivate all who are involved in these programs to make music and the arts a more significant and enriching part of their lives.

The Executive Board of RMMA is made up of the following:

Coleen Abeyta, President
Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Artistic Director
Patty Edmunds, Vice-President of Finance
Pamela Brunson, Founder and Advisor
Tammy Ciccolella, Church Liaison
Barbara Taylor, Vice-President of Operations
Concert Location: 
Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church
20256 Hunting Downs Way
Monument, CO 80132