The Fundraising Vecherinka will be on March 18 with Mollov Band and guest performers Nikolai and Donka Kolevi. The doors will open at 7:00 pm. Alexandar Zankin will hold a folklore dance workshop from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The band will start performing at 8:30 pm.
The admission will be $15 ($12 for BMNECC members) with tickets sold in advance and at the door. People can contact Peter Djalaliev (firstname.lastname@example.org) to purchase tickets in advance. There will be a menu of authentic Bulgarian dishes (details TBD). There will also be a cash bar. Parking is free.
All proceeds from the Fundraising Vecherinka will go towards covering the expenses of Otets Paisii and Danka to travel and participate in the Bulgarian festival “Verea” in Chicago, April 21-22, 2017.
Nikolai Kolev (gadulka), a native of Karavelovo in Thrace, has been playing gadulka since age 10. After graduating from the Musical Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka, he began performing as a soloist of the Sliven Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances. In 1985 he formed the wedding music ensemble Rozova Dolina, and in 1992 he founded the prize-winning ensemble Balkanski Glasove. Nikolai has accompanied many well-known singers, including Vulkana Stojanova, Roumen Rodopski and Todor Kozhuharov. In 1993, he emigrated to New York City.
Donka Koleva (vocals) is a native of the village of Tuzha in the Stara Zagora region of Thrace. She also graduated from the Musical Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka, and performed for three years with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. She was the director of the Folk Song Chorus of Sopot and has been a featured soloist on Bulgarian Radio-TV. She has participated in many singing competitions in Bulgaria and Europe. Her voice has been featured on numerous recordings, and in 1997 her recording of “Javore” was named “Song of the Year” in the Bulgarian national radio competition. Since 1993 she has lived in New York City.