Organ Days in Bratislava, Trnava and Bardejov
Eight organists from Italy, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will perform on the Bratislava castle organ for the 25th jubilee anniversary of the capital's Organ Days festival. The beautiful tones of such composers as Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi will pipe from Slovakia's largest organ into the castle's stone walls beginning Monday, August 13 and ending August 28.
Young Slovak organist Bernadetta Šuňavská will open the festival at 19:00 on Monday with a selection by baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Šuňavská, a student of professor Ferdinand Klinda, the festival's founder, has already won awards abroad in her short, spectacular career. She will close her performance with Marcel Dupré's Christmas Variations.
Wednesday, August 15 belongs to Dutch-born Italian organist Wijnand Van De Pol. With the Corale Amerina chamber orchestra, he will perform the music of Italians Tommaso Albinoni and Alessandro Scarlatti, as well as compositions by Bach.
Slovak organ professor Ján Vladimír Michalko will devote most of his Sunday, August 19 performance to the composers Michael Praetorius, Nikolaus Bruhns and Felix Mendelson-Bartholdy.
Concerts begin at 19:00 at the Bratislava castle Concert Hall. Tickets (50 Sk) are on sale in advance at the Town Culture Centre, Uršulínska 11, or at the door one hour before concerts. Tel: 5443 2942. See Community Corner next week for further performances.
Meanwhile, at Trnava's Organ Days, Austrian Walter Segstchmid will perform Thursday, August 16 and Slovak Peter Reiffers Sunday, August 19 at Dom Svätého Mikuláša on Námestie Sv. Mikuláša (Saint Mikuláš Cathedral on Saint Mikuláš Square) in Trnava. Performances begin at 20:00. Tickets on sale for 50 and 100 Sk at Trnava Information Service on Trojičné námestie (Trojičné Square). Tel: 033/551 1022.
Italy-resident Zuzana Janáčková will perform at 20:00, August 14 at the Jozef Grešák Organ Days in the eastern spa town of Bardejov. She will play music by Bach, Monardi, Franck, Elgar and Grešák, the festival's namesake. Tickets: 20-40 Sk. Chrám Svätého Egídia (Saint Egídia Cathedral), Radničné námestie, Bardejov. Tel: 054/472 3013.
The exhibition 'Time', produced by the Art Club, an association of Slovak artists born in the 1940s, includes paintings and graphic art by Magdaléna Lehotská, Ľudovít Hološka and Karol Prudil, pastels by Yvonna Hanáková, stone sculptures by Jozef Barinka, ceramic watches by Peter Strassner and Daniela Schredlová, and photographs by Ivan Matejka. The work is also for sale. The Time exhibition runs at Galéria Ardan on Lermontovova 14, open Tuesday-Saturday from 16:00 to 19:00, till September 14. Tel: 5249 1197.
Historical tram ride through Bratislava Old Town
The Bratislava Information Service (BIS) invites you every Wednesday to a one-hour tour of the Bratislava city centre aboard an historical tram. A professional guide points out and elaborates the history of the centre's most interesting sites. The tram starts on its route at 16:00 and 19:00 from Hurbanovo námestie. For more information contact Anna Dovičovičová at BIS information office at Klobučnícka 2. Tel: 5443 3101, 5443 4059.
American football club
The only American football club in Slovakia, the Bratislava Monarchs, is looking for players, coaches, and all-purpose volunteers to participate in the development of American football in Bratislava and Slovakia. The club offers senior, junior flag-football and full-contact programmes. Contact Ľudovít Galka at 0903 425 712 for more information, or e-mail email@example.com
The Kežmarský Half Marathon begins at 16:00 on August 18 on Hlavné námestie (Main Square) in the eastern Slovak town of Kežmarok, 15 kilometres north of Poprad. For more information call František Grohola at 052/452 2621.
Ghost Theatre at Bojnice Castle
The theme of this year's Bojnice Castle series of night shows is When Ghosts Want to Sleep More. The 105-minute performance, playing the weekend of August 18 - 19 and every second summer weekend thereafter (private shows may be arranged for any evening by groups of at least 20) starts at 21:20, and tells the love story of two ghosts, Klára and Johan. The show is in Slovak, although English-language explanations of the story-line may be arranged beforehand. Tickets: 150 Sk. For more information contact Bojnice Castle at tel: 0862 543 0633, or check out www.bojnicecastle.sk
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