CONCERT: THE UNIQUE project Folklore to Jazz crosses borders and merges a traditional folklore band with a jazz quartet, with solos by saxophonist Radovan Tariška. Famous Slovak folk songs arranged in a jazz style will be performed in the Concert Studio of Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1 in Bratislava, on March 13 at 19:00. Part of the concert is the launch of the CD Folklore to Jazz! Performers will include Radovan Tariška (SK, saxophone; see photo), Benito Gonzalez (VE, piano), Essiet Okon Essiet (USA, bass), David Hodek (SK, drums), Tomáš Baroš (CZ, bass), Jozef Fečo (CZ, cimbalom and bass) and Stanislav Palúch (SK, violin). Tickets cost €15-€17 and can be obtained by calling 02/5727-3624 or via www.slovakradio.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Tra Venezia e Roma – This concert, co-organised by the Musica Aeterna ensemble (which focuses on performing early music) and the Italian Cultural Institute, uses original instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries plus modern-day replicas to perform works by Vivaldi, Legrenzi, Albioni, Scarlatti and Corelli.
Starts: March 12, 18:00; Mirror Hall of the Primatial Palace, Primatial Square 1. Admission: free. More info: www.iicbratislava.esteri.it.
FILM: Woman Art Revolution – Accompanying the Zá-kaz dotyku / No Touching exhibition by Jana Želibská will be a screening of this US film by a female artist about the history of the feminist movement, praised by MoMA NY and shown at various festivals.
Starts: March 14, 18:00; ci-nema hall of the Slovak National Gallery, administration building, Riečna 1. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/2047-6270; www. sng.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Hudba troch storočí / Music of Three Centuries – The Slovak Philharmonic (SF) will play works by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák, conducted by renowned Austrian conductor Ernst Hoelzl. The concert is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.
Starts: March 14-15, 19:00; SF concert hall (Reduta), E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €10-€13. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Sophie Hunger – This rising star of modern folk-rock music travels from Switzerland to give a concert in Bratislava.
Starts: March 11, 20:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/2090-1900; www.atelierbabylon.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mozart: Requiem – The ZOE Christian Chamber Orchestra, together with the Technik STU choir and conductor Ladislav Kaprinay, will perform Mozart’s famous Requiem.
Starts: March 17, 20:15; Blumental Church, Blumen-tálska Street. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Harmonikovica 2013 – A festival of harmonica music featuring Erich “Boboš” Procházka, Ondrej Lazár Tkáč, Ľuboš Beňa, Bonzo Radványi, Filip Puchert, Thomas Harpo and others.
Starts: March 15, 19:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €5. Tel: 0948/327-333; www.hlava22.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Milan Konfráter Blues Band – The band, comprising singer and guitar player Konfráter plus Oto Palkovič on bass and Andrej Slamka on drums, will play their own compositions as well as some old blues classics.
Starts: March 13, 19:00; Loď Café / Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo Embankment. Admission: €7. Tel: 0903/449-650; www.adylod.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Musician Andrej Šeban will launch a documentary about himself, called Časozber, a new DVD called Gitarová škola Andreja Šebana II / Guitar School of Andrej Šeban II, and will present his new DVD Live Bratislava 2012. Then his Andrej Šeban Band (including Daniel Špiner on keyboard, Peter Rusňák on double bass, and Michal Fedor on drums) will give a concert.
Starts: March 14, 19:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €13 (in advance) - €15 (on the door). Tel: 0904/330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk.
OPERA: Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera, written by Shilovsky and inspired by the verse novel by Pushkin, offers lyrical scenes to grand music. It will be premiered as conducted by Igor Bulla, directed by Anna Osipenko, and featuring singers like Patrícia Solotruková, Elena Shakothina, Šimon Svitok, Ivan Zvarík, Makaryi Pihura and more.
Starts: March 15-16, 19:00; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €10. Tel: 048/2457- 123; www.stateopera.sk.
TRADITIONS/FOLKLORE: Smrť Jánošíkova - 1. Zbojnícky jarmok / Jánošík’s Death - 1st Bandit Market – A weekend dedicated to Slovak national hero and bandit Juraj Jánošík. Commemorating the 300th anniversary of his death it will include crafts, workshops, gourmet events, film screenings, the staging of his story, folk music and dance.
Starts: March 16-17, Hotel Gold. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk, www.terchova.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Czech violinist Tomáš Vinklát will play, conducted by US Paul Mauffray, works by Haydn, Samuel Barber, David Diamond, Mozart, Wagner and Johann Strauss Jr.
Starts: March 14, 19:00; Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO), Dolný Val 47. Admission: €6-€9. Tel: 041/2451-111; www. skozilina.sk.
EXHIBITION: Milan Mravec - Posledné kresby / The Last Drawings – The Kysuce Gallery presents works by Mravec, a Raková native who co-founded it. He was a painter but towards the end of his life produced mainly drawings.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-16:00; Sun 12:30-16:00 until March 17; Kysucká galéria, Oščadnica 13. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 041/4332-166; www.kysuckagaleria.sk.
Spišská Nová Ves
EXHIBITION:THE GALÉRIA umelcov Spiša / Spiš Artists’ Gallery celebrated its 25th anniversary late last year and has organised a host of exhibitions to mark the occasion. From Jubilanti (work of nine authors celebrating anniversaries), through Z histórie / From the History 1987-2012, Akvizície / Acquisitions 2007-2011, to 25 x 25 and Terra Gothica, visitors can get to see an outline of the operation and achievements of the gallery, located at Zimná 46 in Spišská Nová Ves, Tuesdays to Saturdays until the end of March for an admission fee of only €0.50-€1. For more information, call 053/4464-710 or visit www.gus.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: AMC Trio (SK) & Michael “Patches” Stewart (US) – The popular AMC Trio (S. Cvanciger, M. Marinčák and P. Adamkovič) will play with Stewart, a renowned trumpeter.
Starts: March 13, 20:30; Christiania Club, Hlavná 105. Admission: €5-6. Tel: Tel: 051/ 7495-839; www.christiania.sk.
DANCE/THEATRE: Tristan and Isolde – In this interpretation the famous love story focuses on racial hatred and tragic death, using the music of Richard Wagner and Japanese Takaku and Kodo drums to accompany a modern dance performance. Directed and choreographed by Ondrej Šoth.
Starts: March 14, 19:00; State Theatre, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€7. Tel: 055/2452- 269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.
JAZZ: Jazzová streda / Jazz Wednesday - Jazzabel – The jazz-funk fusion band Jazzabel, from Košice will perform as part of the regular “jazz Wednesdays”.
Starts: March 13, 20:00; Wave Club, Hlavná 121. Admission: €1.50. Tel: 0905/896-467; www.wave.sk.