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THE OPENING concerts of the 64th season of the Slovak Philharmonic (SF) will take place on October 18 and 19, at 19:00, in the Reduta, at Medená 3 in Bratislava. Both concerts will perform the works of Mozart, Haydn, and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, as conducted by the chief SF conductor, Emmanuel Villaume (see photo), with Viliam Vojčík playing solo on French horn. Tickets can be bought in the ticket office in the Reduta, on 02/2047-5233, or through www.filharmonia.sk.

The Lost Music of the Balkans – Old Balkan songs resound around Bratislava, performed by the Eredics brothers and played on timbrels, ancient instruments from old Persia and Turkey.
Starts: Oct 18, 20:00; Klub Za zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €6/€8. Tel: 02/ 6829-9219; www.kzp.sk, www.ticketportal.sk.

Belleruche, an indie band that combines electronics, soul, funk, blues and hip hop, returns after a one-year hiatus to present their new album Rollerchain.
Starts: Oct 17, 20:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €13/16 (in advance) - €20 (on the door). Tel: 0904/ 330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Aliona Bikkulova – Actress, singer and composer Bikkulova is one of the most memorable young Russian performers of romantic and folk songs.
Starts: Oct 18, 17:00; Ruské centrum vedy a kultúry / Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Fraňa Kráľa 2. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5262-5981; www.rcvkba.sk.

Writer Joy Fielding, aged 67, visits Slovakia to sign autographs and give a talk to Slovak readers. Several of her books have already been translated into Slovak.
Starts: Oct 15, 17:30; Panta Rhei bookshop, Poštová Street. Admission: free. More info: www.pantarhei.sk.

20 rokov Gandy Gallery / 20 Years of the Gandy Gallery) – Milan Adamčiak: EX-PO and Motýlik a kraul / design of windows Matali Crasset – Two exhibitions mark the 20th anniversary of the gallery bearing the name of Nadine Gandy, art lover and supporter. The first shows the work of an eccentric Slovak artist, the latter will display window designs at the gallery of the French Institute until Oct 25.
Open: Thu-Fri 14:00-18:30, Sat 11:00-16:00 and by appointment, until Dec 1; Gandy Gallery, Sienkiewiczova 4. Admission: free. Tel: 0915/203-082; www.gandy -gallery.com.

Hudba Trnave / Music to Trnava - The 10th year of the Slovak Art Festival brings two concerts performed by the Moyzes Quartet to the Ján Koniarek Gallery, the first one offerings works by Mozart, Mirko Krajči (premiere), nad Hans Koessler; the second one bringing works of Mozart, Haydn, and Ladislav Kupkovič (premiere).
Starts: Oct 18 and 19, 18:00; new wing of Kopplova vila, Galéria Jána Koniarka, Zelený kríček 3 (the first concert), Synagogue / Synagóga – centrum súčasného umenia, Halenárska 2. Admission: €2/€4 (from 17.10 on the door). More info: www.gjk.sk.

Vintage cars will be exhibited in Nitra, including the historical ambulance Škoda Tudor 1101, perhaps the only one operable in former Czechoslovakia (and elsewhere), and other rare vehicles.
Open: daily 9:00-21:00; Štefánikova 61. Admission: free. More info: www.mlyny -nitra.sk.


Banská Bystrica
THE FESTIVAL of contemporary dance Festival Four (+1) Days of Dance for You brings an overview of current trends in Slovak productions . From the opening of the exhibition, a performance by a domestic ensemble on October 15, to the Spanish-Slovak production Hidden by CobosMika Company on October 20 (see photo), a host of dance shows, dance theatre pieces, contemplative and poetic performances, and improvisations will lead audiences through the inspiring world of dance and dance-related arts. Shows take place in Divadlo štúdio tanca (DST) in Komenského 12 in Banská Bystrica. Information about the festival and tickets are available at 048/4146-540; www. studiotanca.sk.

Frisch aussa-Tour 2012 – Within the Oravajazz Festival, the Stelzhamma troupe fuses modern trends in music with folk music dating back to the times of Franz Stelzhammer and Anton Bruckner, adding a pinch of humour. (On Oct 18, it plays in the Music Gallery u Dežmára, Klariská 1 in Bratislava).
Starts: Oct 19, 22:00, Town Cultural Centre. Admission: €10 (for one day, other bands play, too) - €15 (both days). Tel: 02/5293-3321, www.ticket- portal.sk, www. oravajazz.sk.

“2 IN 1” – The 2 IN 1 project by the Slovak Sinfonietta is interesting in that two conductors take turns wielding the baton – Leoš Svárovský and his student Lukáš Pohúnek – and soloists alternate as well: Bibiána Bieniková will play with Spaniard Alberto Requejo (both clarinet) and František Figura with Katarína Joniová (both violin). The works performed are by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Karel Stamic, Bach, and Mozart.
Starts: Oct 18, 19:00; ŠKO, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €6-€9. Tel: 041/5626-972; www. skozilina.sk.


Moonride – The Music/Art Festival, which includes live music (e.g. Gus Gus, Balázs Pándi, Arash Moori) and various forms of art in different venues, will be dedicated to a meteorite strike in nearby Vyšný Klatov in 2010.
Starts: Oct 15-20; various sites. Admission: varies, mostly €15-€20 for concerts. More info: www.moonride.sk.

Jazz Prešov 2012 – The 21st year of the international festival features Marila Guraievska & Ethno Jazz Synthesis (UA, PL), Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers (CZ), Lynne Kieran & Milo Suchomel Quartet (UK, SK), and other musicians.
Starts: Oct 17 and 18; PKO - Čierny orol Hlavná 50. Admission: €12 (one day) - €15 (both days). Tel: 0905/170-678; www.jazzpresov.sk.

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