GERMAN conductor Walter Haupt brings to Bratislava his interpretation of the classical masterpiece Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff. Already seen by more than 600,000 spectators, Carmina Burana Open Air Opera is an acoustical and optical experience. The opera is a cycle of songs for solo voice and choir with orchestra, and has 24 individual pictures, celebrating spring, summer, happiness, love and life. The opera stars 300 performers and starts at 19:00, December 6, at Incheba Congress Centre, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tickets cost Sk800 to Sk2,390.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas Concert - The ensemble Musica Aeterna plays Baroque.
Starts: Dec 7 at 19:00. Admission: Sk130. Koncertná sieň Slovenskej filharmónie (Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall), Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.
LIVE MUSIC: The Wailers - The world famous reggae group from Jamaica, formerly led by Bob Marley, gives a concert.
Starts: Dec 7 at 20:00. Admission: Sk590, Sk690. Aréna Theatre, Viedenská cesta 10. Tel: 02/6720-2554.
LIVE MUSIC: Ethno/World - Czech didgeridoo player Ondřej Smeykal and American percussionist Hearn Gadbois perform.
Starts: Dec 9 at 20:00. Admission: Sk130 and Sk150. Klub za Zrkadlom (Behind the Mirror Club), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.
PERFORMANCE: Solo - American choreographer, dancer and improviser Bob Eisen and his daring concept of dance aesthetics arrive in Slovakia.
Starts: Dec 9 at 20:00. Admission: Sk100. A4 - Nultý priestor (A4 - Zero Space), Námestie SNP 12. Tel:0903/773-901.
LIVE MUSIC: Stares - Slovak alternative rock band performs.
Dec 11 at 20:00. Admission free. Divadlo Stoka (Stoka Theatre) Pribinova 1. Tel: 02/5292-4463.
VISEGRAD Christmas, an international festival, brings Central Europe's rich Christmas traditions and crafts to the Orava region. An international market with products by craftsmen in Dolný Kubín opens December 8 and closes the next day. Carollers and groups from the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia compete on December 11 at 15:00 at the Zuberec Culture House. The same ensembles will appear again the next day at the same place, again at 15:00. Tickets for both events cost Sk30. Trstená Culture Centre presents customs and traditions of the Orava region, December 12 at 16:00. Tickets cost Sk50. For more information call 043/5864-978.
photo: Orava Cultural Centre
FESTIVAL: Blues Slovakia - Three of the best discoveries on the Slovak blues scene, Juraj "MOJO" Haruštiak & BluesBanda, Jana Ružičková & Blues House and Freemen, and the German Zydeco Alligators play at the Záhorie region's first blues festival.
Starts: Dec 11 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100, Sk150. Dom kultúry (The Culture House), Skalica. Tel: 034/6645-341.
EXHIBITION: Happy Birthday - On its 40th anniversary, the Nitra Gallery exhibits works by 25 artists from the Nitra region, including Igor Benco, Karol Felix, Jana Šabíková-Farmanová, and Miroslav Nicz.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until January 16. Admission: Sk40, Sk20. Nitrianska galéria (Nitra Gallery), Župné námestie, Nitra. Tel: 037/6579-641.
PERFORMANCE: Night Queens - One of Europe's best bands, the Night Queens perform a "travesty show".
Starts: Dec 8 at 19:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk200. Dom kultúry (Culture House), Hollého 4, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5564-000.
EXHIBITION: Czech Paintings - An exhibition of Czech paintings from the turn of the 20th century, from the Zlín Regional Gallery's collection.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until January 31. Admission: Sk20, Sk10. Galéria MA Bazovského, Palackého 27, Trenčín. Tel: 032/7436-858.
EXHIBITION: Public Devoutness, Synthesis of Christianity and Magic - Exhibition links the devoutness of "official" Christianity with "unofficial" spiritual currents, for example, magic, animism, fetishism, and public demonology.
Open: Tue-Sun 8:00-15:30 until December 31. Admission: Sk30, Sk15. Budatínsky zámok (Budatín Castle), Žilina. Tel: 041/5001-511.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas concert - Collegium technicum and soprano singer Svetlana Tomová perform Händel, Mozart, Ryba, Bach, and Gounod.
Starts: Dec 6 at 18:00. Admission: free. Dom umenia (The House of Arts), Moyzesova 66, Košice. Tel: 055/6220-763.
PERFORMANCE: Folk Christmas - Folk ensemble SĽUK performs its show, From the Hearth, and Darina Laštiaková sings.
Starts: Dec 10 at 19:00. Admission: Sk150. Závodný klub Tatravagónky, (Tatravagónka Club), Štefánikova 14, Poprad. Tel: 02/6285-9125.
EXHIBITION: What is Cooked at Home - Contemporary work by more than 50 visual artists from the Prešov Region.
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thu 9:00-18:00, Sun 14:00-17:00, until December 12. Admission: Sk20. Šarišská Galéria (Šariš Gallery), Hlavná 51, Prešov. Tel: 051/7725-423.
Prepared by Jana Liptáková
6. Dec 2004 at 0:00