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WELL-KNOWN Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian opera soloists accompanied by conductor, choreographer, and musician Petja Houdjakov are arriving in Slovakia to perform well-known Orthodox hymns as well as Russian and Ukrainian folk songs during a four-concert tour. The first concert in Bratislava takes place in the Blumentál Church on November 6 at 19:30. For the second Bratislava concert, the Bolschoi Don Cossacks have prepared a show dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the October Revolution, formerly one of the most important dates in communist countries. The show takes place in the PKO (Culture and Leisure Park) on Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu, November 7 at 19:00. The choir will give two more concerts, in Trnava (November 9) and Nitra (November 10), in local synagogues which have been converted into space used for cultural events. The price of the Bratislava concerts ranges from Sk350 to Sk500; a pass for both concerts costs Sk850. For more information, go to www.juras.sk.


Melos-Étos - This biennial international festival of contemporary music offers 16 concerts of Slovak compositions commissioned by the festival, which promotes Slovak and foreign contemporary music.
Runs: Nov 7-16. Admission: Sk80-Sk100. Concert halls and churches across Bratislava. Tel: 02/5920-4816, 02/5443-0347, http://www.hc.sk.

One World Festival - The eighth year of this festival, which aims to put a human face on human rights, brings its visitors 60 documentary films from around the globe. The films deal with human rights violations and the status of women, explore the background of regional and global conflicts, tell the stories of refugees and people living in totalitarian states, and introduce various cultures and religions. Satellite events include discussions with directors, activists, and journalists, photo exhibitions, and concerts and multicultural events.
Runs: Nov 7-11.Admission: Sk50 (for one film), Sk400 (festival pass). FK Charlie Centrum, Klub A4, Štúdio 12, the Slovak National Gallery, the Slovak Radio and other premises. www.jedensvet.sk.

Transglobal Underground - A dance world music legend from Great Britain and guests Hungarian MC and Portuguese band Blasted Mechanism play from the band's latest album, Moonshout.
Starts: Nov 8, 20:00. Admission: Sk390 (in advance), Sk450 (at the door). Klub za Zrkadlom music club, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

World Music Fest - This festival offers music from central and northern Europe mixed with contemporary music trends to Bratislava. The Finnish band Värttinä, which has had some popular concerts in Slovakia, headlines the festival. Other performers are Polish band Brathanki and Benedikta from the Czech Republic. Družina and Hrdza represent the Slovak scene.
Starts: Nov 9, 19:00. Admission: Sk450 (in advance), Sk550 (at the door). PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. www.uganda.sk.

Sonicbloom - The phenomenal Japanese pianist Hiromi returns to Bratislava, accompanied by bassist Tony Grey, guitarist John Shannon, and drummer Martin Valihora.
Starts: Nov 9, 20:00. Admission: Sk400. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

The Remembrance Sunday - The British Embassy hosts a commemoration of the end of hostilities in the First World War.
Starts: November 11, 11:00. The Memorial of Western Front Veterans of the Second World War, Šafárikovo Square. www.britishembassy.gov.uk.

Harp Session - The seventh year of this festival dedicated to the acoustic form of blues brings the Canadian Carlos del Junco Trio, the Hungarian-Slovak project Mátyás Pribojszki & Erich Boboš Procházka, and the Husk Band to Bratislava.
Starts: Nov 11, 19:00. Admission: Sk150 (in advance), Sk180 (at the door). Klub za Zrkadlom music club, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

American Dream - The Vienna Art Orchestra, one of the most prominent European jazz big bands, featuring Slovak trumpet player Juraj Bartoš, performs.
Starts: Nov 11, 20:00. Admission: Sk200, Sk250. Divadlo Aréna (The Aréna Theatre), Viedenská Cesta 10. Tel: 02/6720-2557.


Oravské Veselé
In Veselé Cheerfully - Folk ensembles, solo singers and musicians meet for the tenth time in Oravské Veselé, a village whose name is Slovak for "cheerful".
Starts: Nov 11, 15:00. Miestne kultúrne stredisko (Local Centre of Culture). Tel: 043/5864-928.

Banská Bystrica
Organfest - This organ music festival resumes for a second year with a concert by Kamila Kevická playing Sweelinck, Bach, and Ritter.
Starts: Nov 11, 16:00. St. Xavier Cathedral, SNP Square. Tel: 048/4155-085, 16-186.


Car Show on Ice - The second year of this exhibition presents more than 60 cars, motorbikes, commercial vehicles, snow scooters, vintage cars and many others with Lamborghini Galardo and Honda Goldwing as highlights.
Runs: Nov 8-10. Admission: Sk30. Steel Arena. www.steelarena.sk.

Dalibor Karvay and Golden Violin - Former child prodigy Dalibor Karvay has grown up into an excellent violin player. This time he performs with the Golden Violin orchestra featuring 55 former members from the orchestra of the folk ensemble Lúčnica. The tour starts in Žilina on November 6 and ends in Bratislava on November 14.
Starts: Nov 11, 19:00. Admission: Sk150-Sk500. Dom Umenia (the House of Arts). Tel: 055/6258-888, www.zlatehusle.sk.

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JOE Cocker, one of the few artists still performing who can claim to have sang at the original Woodstock festival in 1968, is coming to Košice to introduce his latest album, Hymn for My Soul. The concert in Košice takes place at the Steel Arena on November 6 at 20:00. Tickets cost between Sk990 and Sk1,390. The legend will also sing in Bratislava on December 12 at the National Tennis Centre. Tickets for the Bratislava concert will cost between Sk1,390 and Sk2,500. For more information or to reserve tickets for the Košice concert, call the Information Centre of Košice at Hlavná 59, 055/6258-888.

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