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The 12th year of the Konvergencie festival brings, once again, a merger of different musical genres. The opening concert, on September 18 at 19:00 in St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava, combines Cello Colosseum (a cello ensemble led by Jozef Lupták) with Gregoriana from Košice, offering works by J. S. Bach, A. Pätro, R. Shchedrin, J. Iršai and Gregorian chorale. Other concerts include Doric String Quartet (UK), ASGUESTS (a jazz group from Slovakia), Uhrovec 1730 (a Slovak group playing early music, folklore and improvisations), local pop singer Jana Kirschner with afterPhurikane, and more. Tickets can be obtained at Ticketportal and Eventim; for more information, go to www.konvergencie.sk.


ETHNO MUSIC: Idan Rai-chel – This Israeli star of world music comes for the first time to Slovakia to present his mixture of piano playing and singing in exotic languages, such as Hebrew, Arabian, Ara-maic, Spanish and Swahili.

Starts: September 15, 19:00; Nová Scéna, Kollárovo Square. Admission: €20-€25. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.


TENNIS CUP: Davis Cup Slovakia - Ukraine – After two years, the best Slovak tennis players get the chance to play before a local crowd for the next round of this world famous competition. Players should include Martin Kližan, Michal Mertiňák, Filip Polášek, Lukáš Lacko, Pavol Červenák, and possibly others.

Starts: September 16-18, from 13:00 (Sunday) or 14:00 onwards; Sibamac Aréna NTC, Príkopova 6. Admission: €10. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk, www.stz.sk.


JAZZ MUSIC: Jazz v Aréne / Jazz in the Arena - Martin Valihora Trio featuring Marcel Palonder (vocals) – This popular jazz grouping (comprising Eugen Vizváry on piano, Juraj Griglák on double bass and Valihora on drums) has invited Palonder to sing with them.

Starts: September 15, 20:00; Aréna Theatre, Viedenská 10. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: Steve Reich in the Club – Cluster Ensemble, a grouping focused on contemporary art will perform three works by Steve Reich (US), a representative of minimal music.

Starts: September 13, 21: 00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 0948/855-449; www. nuspirit.sk.


EXHIBITION: Omara SM – This Mexican visual artist is holding his first solo exhibition in Europe in Slovakia’s capital. He created his black-and-white images last year with etching or aquatint, the main themes being whales and Mexican street dogs fighting for survival.

Open: Mon-Fri 10:00- 18:00, Sat 9:00-17:00 until September 27; TGallery, Pan-ská 24 (basement). Admission: free. Tel: 0903/601-656; www. tgallery.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trnav-ské organové dni / Trnava Organ Days – The 16th year of this organ festival culminates with a concert by the official organ player of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, Olivier Latry. He plays works by A. P. F. Boëly, C. Franck, C. Widor, G. Pierné, L. Vierne and M. Dupré, and his own works.

Starts: September 16, 20:00; St. Nicholas’ Basilica, St Nicholas Square. Admission: €10-€12. Tel: 0905/269 -971; www.bachsociety.sk/trnavaorgandays.



Štefan “Pišta” Bartuš & JazzBrothers will be joined by Andy Middleton for a concert in Caffe Passe in Ružomberok on September 16 at 20:00. JazzBrothers comprises Bartuš on double bass, M. Bugala on guitar, L. Šrámek on piano and P. Solárik on drums. Andy Middleton, a renowned American saxophonist, will play with them as part of the 33Birthday Tour. Their music is a fusion of modern Latino, classical and free music. For more information, visit www.passe.sk/eventy.

Banská Bystrica

LIVE MUSIC: Kroke – This Polish trio from Krakow plays world music, including Klezmer.

Starts: September 12, 19: 00; Evangelical Church, La-zovná Street. Admission: €12. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.

Liptovský Mikuláš

PHOTO EXHIBITION: Photo-School Final Exhibition – The annual summer photo-school in Liptovský Mikuláš ends with the best works by its 45 participants from 8 countries being put on show.

Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until September 17; Great Hall, Liptovská Galéria P. M. Bohú-ňa, Tranovského 3. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 044/5522- 758; www.galerialm.sk.



LIVE MUSIC: Richard Müller Potichu Tour 3 – The Silently Tour by popular singer/ musician/ songwriter Richard Müller will also feature Czech musician Dan Bárta.

Starts: September 15, 19:00; Spoločenský Pavilón, Trieda SNP 31. Admission: €22.90. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: 41. Me-dzinárodný Organový Festival Ivana Sokola – The 41st International Organ Festival of I. Sokol visits several towns and cities between September 14 and 27 with a rich organ programme. In Kežmarok, Irena Chřibková (CZ) plays works by Linek, Roškovský, Rigler, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, Brixi, Černohorský, Bach, Guilmant, Grešák and Boellman. Other festival concerts take place in Košice and elsewhere.

Starts: September 16, 19:00; Wooden Articular Church and the New Evangelical Church. Admission: voluntary. Tel: 055/2453-106; www.sfk.sk, www.festivaly .sk.

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