Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava
CONCERT:
THE RENOWNED Harlem Gospel Choir returns to Slovakia for a holiday season performance on December 14 at 20:00 in the Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonic, at E. Suchoňa Square 1 in Bratislava. Its new programme, called HGCH, features compositions by Stevie Wonder and others. Tickets cost €40 to €57 and can be bought via www.ticketportal.sk. More information can be found at www.harlemgospelchoir.com.

Bratislava
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Chamber cycle – The 8th year of the Chamber Cycle of Music brings Peter Michalica on violin, Ľuboš Šrámek on piano, Michal Bugala on guitar and Jozef Šimonovič reciting poetry, in an evening called From the Missionaries to Jazz.
Starts: Dec 11, 19:00; Ján Cikker Museum, Fialkové údolie 2. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 0918/471-225;
www.jan-cikker.org.

Bratislava
JAZZ:
Pet Jazz – The Petržalka Jazz Festival has entered its 13th year, offering guests Reunion (Miro Herák, Michal Vaňouček, Rafael Morales, Peter Solárik); Zimní kúzelníci (Sisa Michalidesová; Peter Prieložník; Pavol Bereza; Boris Lenko; Milo Suchomel; Anton Jaro; Štefan Bugala; Stanislav Palúch; Jú-lius Šoška; Martin Ťažký); and Suchomel and Sramek Quartet.
Starts: Dec 12, 19:00; DK Lúky House of Culture, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/6383-5404; www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava
CONTEMPORARY DANCE:
cieLaroque (AT) – Democrazy – How to Peel Onions without Crying – Idea-concept-choreography: Helene Weinzier; collaboration and dance: Yuri Korec, Honza Malík, Viviana Escalé, Lucia Kašiarová; music: Oliver Stotz.
Starts: Dec 9, 19:00; new Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava
OPERA/CHRISTMAS:
Christmas Concert in Bratislava – Selected Slovak and foreign Christmas carols and songs will be performed by various soloists, the orchestra and choir of the Slovak National Theatre and the Bratislava Boys’ Choir.
Starts: Dec 15, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10. Tel: Tel: 02 / 2047-2111; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava
MODERN DANCE:
Richard III / Búrka (Tempest) – Two prestigious ensembles, Stat Oper Graz and Slovenské divadlo tanca (Slovak Dance Theatre) joined forces in two Shakespearean works, directed and choreographed by Ján Ďurovčík and Darrel Toulon.
Starts: Dec 13, 19:00; Heineken Tower Stage, Pribinova 25. Admission: €12. Tel: 0903/738-235; www.sdt.sk.

Bratislava
BENEFIT CONCERT:
Gábor Presser – Benefit Concert of the Minorma civic association. The noted Hungarian musician and composer will perform solo at the second benefit concert of the Minorma cultural institute of ethnic and national minorities.
Starts: Dec 13, 19:00; Concert studio of Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: €35. Tel: 02/5727-3624; www.slovakradio.sk.

Bratislava
NATIVITY RE-ENACTMENT:
Live Bethlehem – The tradition of Bethlehem can be seen in downtown Bratislava through static or live Nativity scenes, this time put on by students of the Academy of Performing Arts, who will re-enact the Christmas events for the fifth time, also offering workshops for children, live animals and the making of Christmas wafers.
Starts: Dec 15, 14:00; courtyard of Zichy Palace. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Piešťany
JAZZ:
Music for Boys and Girls Vol 1 – Within his recent tour promoting a new album, saxophonist Nikolaj Nikitin will play with a slightly different line-up (Róbert Ragan Jr on double bass, Ondrej Krajňák on piano and the only original musician – apart form Nikitin – who played on the album, Jozef Döme on drums and Michael “Patches” Stewart on trumpet).
Starts: Dec 11, 20:00; Kursalon, Spa courtyard, Beetho-venova 5. Admission: €5. Tel: 0917/968-818;
www. kursalon.sk.

Central SLOVAKIA

Dolný Kubín
EXHIBITION:
VIKTOR Hulík exhibits his peculiar artwork, called Ars Geometrica, in the Orava Gallery in Župný dom, Hviezdoslavovo Square in Dolný Kubín. After showings in Bratislava, Budapest and Prague, locals will get to know Hulík’s paintings, graphic art and objects – open Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00 and 17:00 until January 12. Admission is €0.50-€1, and more info can be obtained at 043/5863-212; or www.oravskagaleria.sk.

Žilina
BENEFIT CONCERT:
Christmas Benefit Concert of the New Synagogue in Žilina – The Slovak Sinfonietta will perform with Zoe Orchestra led by Alan Vizváry, with soprano Ľubica Rybárska, the works of Bach, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Händel, César Franck, Tchaikovsky and Holy Night by Franz Xaver Gruber.
Starts: Dec 12, 17:00; ŠKO, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €10-€13. Tel: 041/2451-111; www.skozilina.sk.

Žilina
GOSPEL:
The Golden Voices of Gospel – The US band founded by Reverend Dwight Robson will sing spiritual songs, gospels and carols.
Starts: Dec 15, 19:00; Hou-se of Unions, Antona Berno-láka 51. Admission: €28. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Banská Bystrica
CONTEMPORARY DANCE:
Babylonská veža / Babylonian Tower - This physical theatre performance inspired by the refusal of current social values and forms, done to the music of alternative band Kvety Nikotínu, is the choreographic debut of Tibor Trulik.
Starts: Dec 9, 10:45; DŠT studio, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 048/4146-540; www.studiotanca.sk.

Žiar nad Hronom
EXHIBITION:
Leonardo Lacher Maique – This Cuban artist, who rose to fame in his homeland and has received recognition from cultural and artistic spheres, eventually moved to Slovakia and, after a creative hiatus, is putting on his second public exhibition.
Open: weekdays 9:00-16:00 until Jan 15; Town Cultural Centre, SNP 119. Admission: free. Tel: 0915/727-066 (info 0915/727-244); krsiakovamskc@gmail.com.

Eastern SLOVAKIA

Poprad
CHOIR MUSIC:
Posolstvo Vianoc 2013 / The Message of Christmas – The 16th Christmas concert will bring songs of the holiday season performed by church and elementary school choirs, and guest Lenka Loudová, a music student.
Starts: Dec 15; 15:00; Evangelical Church, Poprad-Veľká. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Bardejov
CHRISTMAS/POP OPERA:
Christmas Gala-concert of La Gioia – The trio singing so-called pop opera, La Gioia, will perform with The Simple Lounge Quartet pieces evoking a Christmas atmosphere.
Starts: Dec 11, 19:00; Žriedlo cinema, Bardejov Spa. Admission: €15. Tel: 054/4744-003; www.tik-bardejov.sk.

Poprad
MUSIC/DANCE:
Čarovné Ostrohy / Magic Spurs – This dance-art group uniquely combines pop music, folklore and break dancing.
Starts: Dec 12, 17:00; Aréna Poprad, Uherova 4680/2 058 01. Admission: free. Tel: 052/7849-511; www.arena-poprad.sk.

Košice
ECOC EVENT:
ECOC Concluding Ceremony – The event to wrap up Košice’s year the as European Capital of Culture includes, among other things, the Light of Understanding concert, to be performed simultaneously in the Synagogue at Puškinova 3 and the Evangelical Church at Mlynská 23, offering a jazz section, a flamenco section and a fusion of other genres. The other concert – The Tenors – presents four Canadian tenors, Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters singing classical and pop music.
Starts: Light of Understanding – Dec 12, 20:00; two churches, admission €5-€10. The Tenors – Dec 13, 21:00; Steel Aréna, Nerudova 12, admission €15-€69. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk.