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CHINESE-Thai violin star <b>Vanessa Mae</b> returns to <b>Bratislava</b> after eight years. On December 13, this musical prodigy once known as the “Teeny Paganini”, because she shares Paganini’s birthday, will perform in the Pasienky sports hall.(Source: photo: Reuters)

Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
L’Enfance du Christ – The Slovak Philharmonic officially opens its 59th season with L’Enfance du Christ by Hector Berlioz, featuring opera soloists Adriana Kohútková, Otokar Klein, Vladimír Chmelo, Peter Mikuláš and Stanislav Beňačka. The philharmonic and its choir will perform under the baton of Serge Baudo.
Starts: Dec 12 and 13, 19:00. Admission: Sk260. Reduta, concert hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
AfterPhurikane – Phurikane Giľa performs old Gypsy songs mixed with a hint of experimental and world music. The performers include Dutch trombonist Hilary Jeffery, Slovak cellist Jozef Lupták, violin player Stano Palúch and many others.
Starts: Dec 13, 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Kostol Cirkvi Bratskej, Cukrová 4. www.zudro.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Devil Christmas – This concert features names from the Czech and Slovak music scenes including Lucie Bílá, Pavol Habera, Iveta Bartošová, and Peter Dvorský to be accompanied by the Cigánski Diabli (Gypsy Devils).
Starts: Dec 13, 19:00. Admission: Sk699-Sk999. Sibamac Arena, Príkopova 6. Tel: 02/4920-9885.

Bratislava
SHOW:
Mega Travesti Show Prague – After last year’s hugely successful appearance, this Czech transvestite group returns to the Slovak capital with its brand new, three-hour show.
Starts: Dec 14, 19:00. Admission: Sk550-Sk750. Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto. www.music-art.sk.

Bratislava
CONCERT:
Christmas Carols in English - The choir of the British International School sings Christmas carols.
Starts: Dec 13, 16:45. Admission: free. Main Square. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Ecology in the Lens – This display presents the winning entries from the annual photo competition focused on environment.
Open: Mon-Sat 12:00-18:00 until December 21. Admission: free. Z Gallery, Ventúrska 9. www.ekologievobjektivu.cz/sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Nativity scenes and other sculptures – Ján Krajčí, a woodcarver who borrows inspiration from folk art without imitating it, displays his works.
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-14:00 until February 23. Admission: free. ÚĽUV Gallery, Obchodná 64. Tel: 02/5273-1344.

Nitra
EXHIBITION:
K.O.MIX. – This display presents cartoons by young Slovak artists.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until January 13. Admission: free. The Nitra Gallery, Župné námestie 3. Tel: 037/6579-641.

Skalica
LIVE MUSIC:
Paul Casey – The Irish singer-songwriter gives a concert.
Starts: Dec 10, 19:00. Admission: Sk80/Sk100. Dom Kultúry (The House of Culture), Námestie Slobody 13. Tel: 034/6645-341.

Central SLOVAKIA

Banská Bystrica
LIVE MUSIC:
Christmas Concert - The Ján Cikker Girls’ Choir and soloists give a concert.
Starts: Dec 12, 17:30. Admission: free. The State Scientist Library, Lazovná 9. Tel: 048/4155/085.

Banská Štiavnica
MARKET:
Christmas Market – A Christmas market with traditional handicrafts, mulled wine, cabbage soup, Christmas punch and folk dance and music ensembles.
Runs: Dec 14, 11:00-19:00, Dec 15, 9:00-15:00. Admission: free. The courtyard of Kammerhof, Kammerhofská 2. Tel: 045/6949-451.

Eastern SLOVAKIA

Košice
LIVE MUSIC:
Thomas Anders - One of the members of Modern Talking, which was popular in the 1980s, performs from his latest album, Songs Forever, as well as Modern Talking’s biggest hits.
Starts: Dec 14, 19:00. Admission: Sk990-Sk1,790. SOU Dopravné, Moldavská cesta 2. Tel: 055/6258-888.

Košice
LIVE MUSIC:
Christmas in Košice – Local folk dance and music ensembles, the Košice Teachers’ Choir and others, perform Christmas carols as part of a holiday programme.
Starts: Dec 11, 17:00. Admission: free. Hlavná Street. Tel: 055/6258-888.

THE FAMOUS Alexandrov men’s choir from Russia returns to Slovakia for the second time this year. After the huge amount of interest in their last show, they have added one concert to their four-concert tour. Slovak pop singer Robo Grigorov, Czech musicians Félix Slováček, David Kraus, Slovak folk ensemble Terchovská Muzika, as well as Slovakia’s best fujara players, will perform with the legendary choir. The choir starts its tour in Poprad on December 15 at the Aréna Poprad at 18:00. The next concert takes place in Prešov on December 16 at 19:00. The next day, the choir is performing in Košice’s Steel Arena at 20:00. The tour wraps up in Bratislava’s Pasienky sports hall on December 18 and 19 at 20:00. Tickets range from Sk59-Sk1,490. For more information, call 052/161-86.

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