CONCERT: PERSONAL Suite, the recently released album by Slovak jazz saxophonist Nikolaj Nikitin, will be promoted with a national tour starting at Kafe Scherz, at the corner of Partizánska and Palisády in Bratislava, on April 5. Nikitin’s current band comprises renowned jazzmen of all generations: Gabriel Jonáš on piano, Jozef Döme on drums and Juraj Griglák on bass – as well as the unique Nikitin himself.
LIVE MUSIC: Juraj Griglák & Poogie Bell Band - The faces of Funk Jazz – Famous Slovak bass player Griglák joins forces with this US band which formerly accompanied legendary bassist Marcus Miller (and has also played gigs with David Bowie, Al Jarreau and Roberta Flack). The band consists of Poogie Bell (drums), Michael “Patches” Stewart (trumpet), Bobby Sparks (keyboard) and Keith Anderson (saxophone).
Starts: April 3, 19:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14 (entrance from Kolárska). Admission: €12-€20. Tel: 02/2090-1900; http:// atelierbablyon.sk.
CHOIR MUSIC: Joseph Haydn: Sieben Worte / Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross – A musical contemplation in the week preceding Easter, performed by the Technik choir and the ZOE Christian Chamber Orchestra, and conducted by Rastislav Štúr. The choirmaster is Iveta Viskupová.
Starts: April 4, 19:00; Evangelical Church, Strečnianska 15 (Petržalka). Admission: voluntary. Tel: 0903/837-051; www. technik.stuba.sk/zbor.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem - The famous piece by Italian composer is perceived as sacral and often performed at liturgies or special occasions. Slovak National Theatre offers two performances this Easter, with famous Italian conductor Nello Santi and Adriana Marfisi (soprano), Terézia Kružliaková (mezzo-soprano), Miroslav Dvorský (tenor) and Jozef Benci (bas).
Starts: April 6 (19:00) and 7 (17:00); new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€30. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk, www.ticketportal.sk.
EXHIBITION: Od klasicizmu k moderne v architektúre na Slovensku / From Classicism to Modernism in Architecture in Slovakia – This exhibition shows 40 of the most notable Slovak buildings of the 19th century, presented through 40 posters and 25 models.
Open: weekdays 11:00- 17:00 until April 16; Gallery of the Spolok architektov Slovenska (Association of Architects of Slovakia), Balassa Palace, Panská 15. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443-1078; www.sasarch.sk.
EXHIBITION: Deformačné zóny / Deformation Zones – A joint exhibition by Czech artist and professor Ilja Bílek and his Slovak student Luba Bakičová in a gallery specialising in glass artworks.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until April 15; Galéria Nova, Baštová 2. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443-3039; www. galeria-nova.sk.
EASTER EVENT: Easter Egg Hunt – The traditional search for Easter eggs is organised by C & M Language Services, Piešťany Spa and Monsalvy. Easter bunnies are also promised…
Starts: April 8, 15:00; Park at the Kúpeľný ostrov / Spa Island. Admission: free. More info: www.spapiestany.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: PaCoRa trio (Stano Palúch on violin, Marcel Comendant on harpsichord and Róbert Ragan on double bass) combine jazz, folklore and classical music.
Starts: April 5, 18:00; Regional Culture Centre, Záhradnícka 19. Admission: €2. Tel: 046/5121-810; www. rkcpd.sk.
THEATRE: Hamlet a syn / Hamlet and Son - Divadlo z pasáže / Theatre from the Passage – This professional community theatre, unique in Slovakia for involving disabled people, premieres its latest work.
Starts: April 3 (and April 4), 19:00; Záhrada centre of independent culture, SNP Square 16. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 048/ 4124-782; www. divadlozpasaze.sk.
CHOIR MUSIC: Antonín Dvořák - Stabat Mater – An Easter concert organised by the State Opera and performed by guests Helena Becse Szabó and Jana Kurucová, plus Dušan Šimo and Ivan Zvarík, and conducted by Marián Vach.
Starts: April 3, 19:00; Štát-na opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€8. Tel: 048/2457-101; www.stateopera.sk.
EXHIBITION:The exhibition Obrazy a fotografie / Pictures and Photographs at the Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20 in Košice, is presented in cooperation with the Bratislava Czech Centre and brings the paintings, drawings and photos of one of the Czech Republic’s key contemporary artists, Antonín Střížek. Curated by Martin Dostál, the exhibition runs until April 22, opening on Tuesdays to Saturdays 10:00-18:00 and on Sundays 13:00-17:00.
CHOIR MUSIC: Anton Bruckner - Requiem – During a mass for the souls of the deceased, a concert by Košice State Theatre (SDKE) soloists L. Knoteková (soprano), G. Hübnerová (alto), J. Dvorský (tenor) and M. Gurbaľ (bass), and a choir conducted by Igor Dohovič, will offer Bruckner’s symbolic piece.
Starts: April 4, 18:30; Kostol Najsvätejšej Trojice / Holy Trinity Church, Hlavná Street. Admission: voluntary donation. More info: www.sdke.sk.
EASTER MARKET: Veľko-nočný jarmok na Šváboch – This traditional Easter market will be livened up by cultural performances organised by the local Park of Culture and Leisure (PKO).
Starts: April 2, 10:00-18:00; in front of PKO centre and library, Na Šváboch 27. Admission: free. More info: www.pkopresov.sk.