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Banská Bystrica hosts music festival

THE CENTRAL Slovak town of Banská Bystrica is holding its 11th annual music festival, October 22 to 28. The Banská Bystrica Music Days will include various musical genres, designed to appeal to all ages.
In festival tradition, the first performance will be a premiere, the TASR newswire reported. A show of music, drama and dance, called Biele peklo alebo Mne sa to stať nemôže (White Hell or It Cannot Happen to Me) by Dana Dinková, which illustrates the problem of drug addiction, will start festivities off at 18:30 on Friday, October 22, at the town's State Opera.

THE CENTRAL Slovak town of Banská Bystrica is holding its 11th annual music festival, October 22 to 28. The Banská Bystrica Music Days will include various musical genres, designed to appeal to all ages.

In festival tradition, the first performance will be a premiere, the TASR newswire reported. A show of music, drama and dance, called Biele peklo alebo Mne sa to stať nemôže (White Hell or It Cannot Happen to Me) by Dana Dinková, which illustrates the problem of drug addiction, will start festivities off at 18:30 on Friday, October 22, at the town's State Opera.

The opera stage will also be the venue for several other productions, including a jazz-flamenco production of Bizet's Carmen, October 26, and a performance by the soloists, choir and orchestra of the local Ján Levoslav Bella conservatory.

Alexander Jablokov's students will show their virtuosity at the František Xaverský Cathedral on October 23. The Czech professional tuba players of Panther Tuba Band will rock the Bohema Club of the State Opera with works by such composers as Anton Bruckner and Stevie Wonder on October 25.

Vocal performers will invite listeners to the Evangelical Church. A capella Sklo will hold a chamber concert with renaissance ballads, folk songs and spirituals. The Philharmonic Choir of Bratislava, featuring bass Jozef Benci and baritone Ján Ďurčo, and accompanied by the State Opera's Symphonic Orchestra will perform works by acclaimed Czech composers.

Prepared by Spectator staff

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