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Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus Rock Opera in Veliko Tarnovo

Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus Rock Opera will be played live in Veliko Tarnovo, with a grand production including 6 soloists, the Kikimora band, ballet, choir and orchestra. The concert kicks off at 8 pm on March, 24th (Friday) at Vasil Levski Culture and Sports Hall. Tickets cost between 30 and 50 leva.

Tickets: http://www.eventim.bg/bg/bileti/nostradamus-beliko-trnovo-dvorec-na-kulturata-i-sporta-basil-levski-938330/performance.html

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/397832407217200/

Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus The Rock Opera – Trailer 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95wbCKdUSoM&feature=youtu.be

Here are 2 reviews if you want to learn more about the Audio CD Nikolo Kotzev NOSTRADAMUS:

Nikolo Kotzev’ NOSTRADAMUS
Lords of Metal E-Zine – Review, 2001

Does the name Nikolo Kotzev ring a bell with you? Well, I can’t say that I knew him either, so it was a bit of luck I guess that this Double CD came with a small biography, from which I learned that this man was born in Bulgaria and now lives in Finland. Besides playing guitar the man is also a gifted violist, and has in the past been working as a session and studio musician, and in the meantime was member of Baltimoore and founder of Brazen Abott. Through the years Nikolo has made lots of musical friends, and that comes in quite handy with his latest project, ‘Nostradamus’. In 1998 Nikolo began writing this musical adventure about the medieval French doctor and fortune teller Nostradamus. These writings resulted in a Rock Opera, which in a way is comparable with the work of Ayreon, but is more melodic Hardrock orientated. This double album tells the story of Nostradamus’ life in three parts, and the most important people in his life all have a role in this, like Nostradamus himself, Henry II (King of France), Anne Gemelle (Nostradamus’ wife), Catherine (Queen of France). The vocalists who Nikolo hired for the job are all but amateurs: Allanah Miles, Sass Jordan, Glenn Hughes, Göran Eman, Doogie White and Joe Lynn Turner are guarantee for a rich vocal diversity, regularly supported by a grand choir. Musicwise it’s just as good. Like I said an emphasis on Melodic Hardrock, with a supporting role for the 35 man strong symphonic orchestra, which means a lot of bombastic parts (just the way I like it). Nikolo Kotsev is on charge of the keyboards, guitars, violin and percussion, the drums are in the secure hands of Ian Haugland, the professional on the Hammond organ is Mic Michaeli and on bassguitar it’s John Leven. The songs on the album vary from up-tempo rockers to ballads and everything that fits in between. And maybe is this like kicking in open doors, but the production is superb, just like the wrapping of the album, an nice sturdy old fashioned double CD case complete with a thick inlay with the complete story and relevant information. I’m afraid I’ve got another one for my yearlist 2001…

Nikolo Kotzev’ NOSTRADAMUS
Metal Rules – Review, 2001

I am in awe. Brazen Abbot guitar virtuoso Nikolo Kotzev has created a concept album of epic proportions here. Centering around the life and prophecies of legendary seer Nostradamus, this 2 CD mammoth is truly a masterpiece. Split into three acts, the story roughly traces Nostradamus’ life, loves, prophecies, and his dangerous encounters with the Inquisition. The music is just about what you’d expect: Euro-metal in the vein of Rainbow/Deep Purple with dashes of power metal and symphonic choirs thrown in for good measure. Being that it was entirely written by Kotzev, the disc is actually not based around his guitar – it is more vocally driven. Don’t get me wrong, on heavier songs like “Desecration” and “World War III” Kotzev gets to shred like we’d expect, but it’s still within the context of the song. In fact, all the musicians get to show off a little bit throughout the album. Then again, with a band this impressive, you shouldn’t expect any less. Just check out who plays on this thing: Drums: Ian Haugland. Bass: John Leven. Keyboards/Organ: Mic Michaeli. Not too shabby eh? So, if the album is vocally driven, who are the vocalists? Needless to say, it is an impressive cast. As you’d expect there are quite a few characters and each one has either a legendary vocalist or a soon-to-be-legendary one. Joe Lynn Turner turns in a great performance as Nostradamus, Glenn Hughes is fantastic as King Henri II of France, and Goran Edman’s Ghost is cool as all hell. Of interesting note is the inclusion of two Canadian singers as the female leads: Alannah Myles and Sass Jordan. These decidedly non-metal singers blend in perfectly with their male counterparts. I could go on and on here but suffice it to say that every single performer on this album turns in a virtuoso performance. O.K., I’ll indulge myself in one more: Jorn Lande. This guy is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite singers in metal and his work here as the Head Inquisitor is stunning. A brilliant job! Well, now that I’ve rambled on here, let me just finish by saying that if you are even the slightest fan of melodic metal – you need this album! When the time comes, this is going to be my vote for album of the year. Bravo! / Waspman

 

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New light and sound show at Tsarevets

A stunning new light and sound show called Asenevtsi might have its premiere on 22 March at Tsarevets. The spectacle is about the Second Bulgarian Kingdom when Veliko Tarnovo was the capital of Bulgaria. The story presents our glorious kings – from Peter and Asen to Kaloyan, Ivan Asen II and his great victory at Klokotnitsa in which he defeated the ruler of Thessalonica Theodore Comnenus on March 9, 1230.

Here you can see a preview of the new show:

 

Source: http://www.borbabg.com/2017/02/21/%D0%BF%D1%83%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%82-%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BE-%D1%88%D0%BE%D1%83-%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B5%D0%B2%D1%86%D0%B8-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D1%86%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B5/

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Tennis complex to be built in Shemshevo?

A tennis centre with several courts, changing rooms and café wants to build Parashkev Dimitrov – a businessman interested in the sport and main sponsor of the Vitosha Cup Tennis Tournament.  The complex will be located in Shemshevo, just some 6 km away from Veliko Tarnovo and will span over 6000 sqm. The entrepreneur has already lodged his project at the local authorities for approval. The Mayor of Shemshevo has given a favourable opinion on Dimitrov’s request, offering the most suitable place for it to be built – the terrain east of the village stadium. Veliko Tarnovo Municipal Council must approve the investment before it can be realized.

Source: http://www.velikotarnovo.utre.bg/2017/02/13/414823-tenis_kompleks_shte_izgrazhdat_v_shemshevo

Photos: Internet

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Shtastliveca Restaurant with a World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ nomination

The Veliko Tarnovo based restaurant Shtastliveca was nominated in European Cuisine Category for the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards™. The posh restaurant also has branches in Sofia and Stara Zagora. It is the first time the World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ set foot in Bulgaria and only one more restaurant in the country received a nomination – Secret by Chef Petrov (https://www.facebook.com/Secret-by-Chef-Petrov-Sofia-191216524604017/).

Here are some excerpts highlighting the idea behind the high appraisal and some key features about the restaurant from the official World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ site:

Translated from Bulgarian “Shtastliveca” means “The Lucky One”, and is a nickname of one of the most famous Bulgarian novel writers who lived at the end of 19th Century – Aleko Konstantinov. The interior design of the restaurant is inspired by urban home style which was popular in the 30’s of the 19th Century. The rich menu offers a choice of authentic European and interpretations of Bulgarian national cuisine. A fresh lunch menu is available for each day of the week and for each seasonal menu products are carefully selected which are typical for the particular season. Shtastliveca Restaurant is all about feeling at home, as well as experiencing a collection of flavours and aromas for each season and taste.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ aims to highlight special features of restaurants, thereby increasing competition globally and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the luxury restaurant industry.

Luxury Restaurants are selected for nomination based on the following criteria:

  • interior design to a high standard– the seating area and table decoration should reflect a smart/stylish atmosphere
  • good quality food, to the standard of haute cuisine – chefs must serve food with excellent presentation, showing attention to detail
  • excellent service reviews– the restaurant should have positive reviews and be well recommended for excellent service.

Source: http://www.luxuryrestaurantawards.com/about

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/Restaurants.Shtastliveca/

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Show must go on – Queen Tribute

The eternal hits of the rock band will be performed by Todor Koychinov and the Stara Zagora Opera Orchestra. The show starts at 7 pm on February, 21st. Tickets are available at http://www.eventim.bg/bg/bileti/souto-prodlzava-queen-tribute-beliko-trnovo-dvorec-na-kulturata-i-sporta-basil-levski-935943/performance.html and at the Tourist Information Centre in Veliko Tarnovo (5 Hristo Botev Str). Prices range between 12 and 30 leva.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/velikoturnovo.info/photos/a.248500065213620.62204.140577292672565/1337785889618360/?type=3&theater

Images: https://www.facebook.com/velikoturnovo.info/photos/a.248500065213620.62204.140577292672565/1337785889618360/?type=3&theater / Internet

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Pork Lard and Mulled Rakia Fest in Apriltsi

Greyana rakia is often served in such traditional pottery cups.

The 7th Pork Lard and Mulled Rakia fest is to take place on February, 18th (Saturday) in the tourist town of Apriltsi. The typical for the region grilled pork lard* and mulled rakia* are going to be presented at the fest. A number of other culinary masterpieces will also be available to try. Organizers have prepared many contests and surprises for visitors and participators. The good mood is to be guaranteed by traditional folk singers and dance troupes.

Slanina is often consumed with homemade bread and raw onion.

*Pork lard – slanina in Bulgarian. These are thick slabs of pure fat which are either smoked or salted/seasoned or both. Then you leave them to hang somewhere dry for a long time and this is what slanina is)

*Mulled rakia – greyana rakia in Bulgarian. It is heated and sweetened with honey or sugar, sometimes with added spices. Heated in kettles, it is often offered to visitors to various open-air festivities, especially in winter.)

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/692702660904604/

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Toto tribute concert in Veliko Tarnovo

On January, 28th (Saturday) а tribute to one of the most beloved bands of all time – Toto – will be held in Veliko Tarnovo. The venue is Bar Rocka Rolla in Veliko Tarnovo; the event starts at 11.30 pm and entrance is 10 leva. You are invited you to join the party and experience the unforgettable hits of Toto, in a new and emotional way.

Here is the list of the performing artists:

Slavin Slavchev – vocals

Preslava Peicheva – vocals

Nora Karaivanova – vocals

Yasen Velchev – keyboards

Ivaylo Zvezdomirov – bass

Darin Vasilev – guitar

Biser Ivanov – guitar

Stoyan Yankulov – drums

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/344487562573342/?active_tab=discussion