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Organ Days in Bratislava and Trnava
Time exhibition
Historical tram ride through Bratislava Old Town
American football club seeks help
Organised Runs

Organ Days in Bratislava and Trnava

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 among the castle's stone walls till August 28.
This week (the second week of the festival) the castle will host Slovak, Czech and Polish organists. The first of the new selection of concerts beginning Monday, August 20 will be opened by a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Praeludium at Fuga in A, BWV 536 delivered by Zuzana Ferjenčíková, who teaches organ improvisation in Bratislava and studies under Frenchman Jean Guillou. She will close her performance with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Adagio und Fuge in C minor, KV.
Wednesday, August 22 belongs to Czech organist Věra Heřmanová, who has recorded 11 CDs of Czech and French organ music written from the 18th to 20th centuries. Beginning with Toccata C Major by Czech composer Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, she will also perform Mozart, Couperin and Vierne.
Polish Jaroslaw Malanowicz will close the week on Sunday by performing scores by Vivaldi, Bach, Praetorius and Benedykt Konowalski.
Concerts begin at 19:00 at the Bratislava Castle Concert Hall. Tickets (50-70 Sk) are on sale in advance at the Town Culture Centre on Uršulínska 11, or can be bought upon entry one hour before concerts. For more information, call Tel: 02/ 5443-2942.
Meanwhile, at the Trnava Organ Days, German Wolfgang Bretschneider will perform Thursday, August 23 and Hungarian István Kollos Sunday, August 26 at Dom Svätého Mikuláša on Námestie Sv. Mikuláša (Saint Mikuláš Cathedral on Saint Mikuláš Square). Performances begin at 20:00. Tickets (50-100 Sk) are on sale at the Trnava Information Service on Trojičné námestie (Trojičné Square). Tel: 033/ 551-1022.


Time exhibition

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 in Bratislava, open Tuesday-Saturday from 16:00 to 19:00, until September 14. Tel: 02/ 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 explains 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 the BIS information office at Klobučnícka 2. Tel: 02/ 5443-3101, 5443-4059.


American football club seeks help

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 via e-mail at monarchs@monarchs.sk


Organised Runs

The Čachtice Half Marathon on asphalt begins at 16:00 on August 25 on Hlavné námestie (Main Square) in the western Slovak village of Čachtice. By train, get off at the Nové Mesto nad Váhom stop on the Bratislava-Košice line and then take a local train to Čachtice. For more information call Viliam Parák at 032/ 778-7433.
The mountain run "Gerlach", an 8.4 kilometre-long trek with an altitude difference of 879 metres, starts at 10:00 at Sliezsky dom in the High Tatras. For more information, contact Pavol Mlynár at 052/ 449-2375.
The Brezno Half Marathon starts at 15:30 on Námestie M. R. Štefánika (Milan Rastislav Štefánik Square). For more information, contact Milutín Černák at 048/ 612-2789.


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