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TWO great jazz personalities, guitarist Al Di Meola and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, have embarked on a joint tour, and on November 15 they will perform in Bratislava, in the Big Slovak Radio Concert Studio at Mýtna 1. Rubalcaba will play a Fazioli piano transported from Vienna. The two top jazz players have recently recorded the album “Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody”. Tickets for the jazz concert cost €30 and can be purchased through

Ingrid Fuzjko-Hemming – The concert of renowned Japanese pianist, who enjoys record-breaking album sales, offers the works of Scarlatti, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Liszt and Toshiya Sukegawa.
Starts: Nov 11, 19:00; Dvorana VŠMU concert hall, Zo-chova 1. Admission: free, boo-king recommended. Tel: 02/ 5980-0101;

Noc divadiel / Night of Theatres – This event draws people to theatre houses who seldom visit them, offering a host of performances including puppet theatre, folklore, a brief workshop on stage and costume design, dance performances and a rehearsal of classical ballet to jazz music (in the Slovak National Theatre). Other cities are also participating in this event: Banská Bystrica, Bátovce, Košice, Ma-rtin, Nitra, Prešov, Prievidza, Trnava, Zvolen and Žilina.
Starts: Nov 16; 14:30; various venues. Admission: mostly free. More info (in Slo-vak):

Jonathan Crossley Guitar Trio – Crossley, a cyber-guitarist from South Africa, joins forces with Czech bassist Lukáš Kytnar and South-African drummer Justin Badenhorst. Their Czecho-Slovak tour will bring their brand of jazz-rock music to Bratislava.
Starts: Nov 15, 19:30; Mú-zeum obchodu, Linzbothova 16. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/ 4524 -3167;

Two Russian-focused concerts of the Slovak Philharmonic and Canadian-Ukrainian pianist Dmitry Levkovich, conducted by Daniel Raiskin (who grew up in Saint Petersburg), will bring the works of Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich (including the latter’s Suite to Words by Michelangelo Buonarroti).
Starts: Nov 14 and 15, 19:00; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €13. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

Rigoletto – This opera by Giuseppe Verdi recently premiered at the SND, as conducted by Friedrich Haider/ Peter Valentovič and directed by Martin Schüller, with a cast including Tomáš Juhás, Kyungho Kim, Leo An, Ľubica Vargicová, Peter Mikuláš, Jozef Benci, and others.
Starts: Nov 12, 19:00; new building of the Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10-€35. Tel: Tel: 02/ 2047- 2299;

Kráľ Duchov – Erlkönig – Erlkínek – This modern opera, originally composed by Marek Piaček for the Melos-Étos festival and performed in electronic form, will now be played by the Štós brass orchestra, from the small mining town of Štós, and sung by opera soloists.
Starts: Nov 16, 20:00; A4 Nultý priestor, Karpatská 2. Admission: €3.50-€5. Tel: 02/ 5292-4470;

Ilona Németh – This exhibition of Slovak artist and art teacher Ilona Németh presents her recent works, including the interactive installation "Zsófia Meller”, the work “Veľké Slemence/Hranica”, and the film of the “Hmla / Fog” event.
Open: Tue-Thurs 15:00-18:00 until Nov 28; HIT Gallery, Hviezdoslavovo Square 18 (VŠMUinner yard). Admission: free. Tel: 0948/777-094;

Rudy Linka Trio – Jazz Europe Tour – Czechoslovak émigré Rudy Linka returns to Slovakia to play songs from his latest album, RE:connect, with Dan Fabricatore (bass) and Norman Edwards (drums).
Starts: Nov 17, 18:00; Art Point Gallery, M. R. Štefánika 1. Admission: €9. Tel: 0905/926-900;


Banská Bystrica
Akordeónový concert Toccata / Toccata Accordion Concert – Within the Banská Bystrica Musical Autumn, the accordion orchestra Toccata will play the works of Bach, Händel, F.X. Černohorský, Scarlatti, Brahms, Mozart, Christoph W. Gluck, Ronald Binge, Piazzolla, Glenn Miller, Lillian Camilleri, Karl Jenkins and Strauss.
Starts: Nov 11, 18:00; Cik- ker’s Hall, Town Hall, SNP Square. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 048/4155-085;

Andrej Šeban Tour 2013 – The Andrej Šeban Band has embarked on its biggest ever concert tour, playing more than 30 concerts in five countries, including Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and India. The tour includes new songs as well as polder material.
Starts: Nov 12, 20:00; House of Culture ŽSR, Sokolská 69. Admission: €8. Tel: 045/5429-268 (Zvolen Information Centre);

Moruša Biela Tour 2013 / The White Mulberry Tour – After seven years of mainly touring abroad, popular singer Jana Kirschner returns to give a series of concerts at home, bravely combining music and musicians - Slovak and British - of various genres.
Starts: Nov 15, 19:00; big hall, Town Theatre, Horný Val 3. Admission: €15. Tel: 0903/ 510-671; www.divadlozilina .eu,


MYTOBIBLIA is the name of the recent exhibition of Slovak artist Marek Ormandík, focusing on the perception of ancient mythology and the Bible that forms the basis of European civilisation. His work, relaxed and free, breaks old clichés and stereotypes, and can be seen until November 21 in the U Anjela gallery in Starý Trh 53 in Kežmarok, between 12:00 and 18:00 on Tuesdays to Fridays, and between 10:00 and 13:00 on Saturdays. More information can be found at

Noc troch premiér / The Night of Three Premieres – Peter Brei-ner, a Slovak composer living in Canada, has composed Tan-go for Piano and Orchestra, Battle from a Distance, and ar-ranged Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades for an evening of premieres.
Starts: Nov 14; 19:00; Concert Hall of the House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €8-€12. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.

Jazz for Sale – This time round, the cycle focused on presenting jazz in the four Visegrad Group countries brings the Transform Quintet (HU), Quatro Formaggi (CZ), Siergiej Wowkotrub Gypsy Swing Quartet (PL) and AMC Trio & Randy Brecker (SK, USA).
Starts: Nov 16, 19:00; Historical City Hall, Hlavná 59. Admission: €15. More info:

Sony Xperia Freestyle X Night – Successful Freestyle Motocross returns after a three years break, bringing a competition (qualifications and finals), a pitbike show, synchro rides and a closing train involving a joint jump of all 10 riders.
Starts: Nov 16, 20:00; Steel Aréna, Nerudova 12. Admission: €19.90. Tel: 02/5293 -3321;,

Explózia tanca a svetla / The Explosion of Dance and Light – Bella Arabia civic association has prepared a fairytale show presenting various styles of Oriental dance, both classical and modern.
Starts: Nov 16, 19:00; House of Culture, Štefánikova 99/72. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 052/7722-255;

Vysoké Tatry
Nemáme kamenné srdcia / We Don’t Have Hearts of Stone – The ride of historical tram Koméra combines with the launch of the fairytale Rozprávočky z rozprávkových Tatier, which brings fairytales from the Tatra Mountains and the Kamenné Srdce / Stone Heart natural phenomenon.
Starts: Nov 17, 12:30; Kamenné Srdce between Vyšné Hágy and Popradské Pleso mountain lake. Admission: free. More info:,

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