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Tips for events in Slovakia between January 8 and 17, including a lot of classical, live, world and jazz music, dance, opera, folklore, and more.

Slovak Philharmonics(Source: Peter Brenkus)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

OPERA: Charles Gounod – Romeo and Juliet – The drame lyrique opera in five acts, in French language, is part of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) repertory, as directed by Slovenian director Diego de Brea, conducted by Rastislav Štúr and performed by Eva Hornyáková, Katarína Juhásová-Štúrová, Ľubica Vargicová, Maxim Kutsenko, Jitka Sapara-Fischerová, and others. Starts: Jan 8, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€30. Tel: 02/2049-4290; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Ernest Vizváry Trio – The jazz grouping (Erni Vizváry – keyboard; Martin Kapusnik – double bass; Raphael Giller - drum) plays mainstream and offers a jam session after the concert. Starts: Jan 9, 21:00; Hlava 22 Music club, Bazová 9.Tel: 0911/193-382; www.hlava22.  

Bratislava

FOLKLORE: IMT Smile & Lúčnica – After a “trial” performance born rather accidentally last year and after two sold-out concerts in December, the successful folklore ensemble Lúčnica again joins forces with none-the-less successful band IMT Smile to offer a common show combining tradition and modern perception into unified, energetic entertainment in the form of two more performances. Starts: Jan 9-10, 19:00; Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, (Slovnaft Arena), Odbojárov 9. Admission: €19.90-€39 (VIP 99). Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava

BALLET: Swan Lake - The classic ballet in three acts and four scenes by composer Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa rarely disappears from the repertoire of most ballet ensembles. It is on the Slovak National Theatre’s schedule, offering the staging of choreographer Rafael Georgi, conducted by Martin Leginus and performed by Romina Kolodziej, Orazio di Bella, Adrian Ducin, and others. Starts: Jan 9, 19:00; SND new building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10-€25. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bokes 70 / Parík 80 In Memoriam / Boulez 90+ – The Sunday matinee this time offers Pierre Boulez – 12 Notations (1945); Vladimír Bokes – Piéce 1 pour piano (1963) in premiere; Vladimír Bokes – Apostrophes (1965) in premiere; Ivan Parík – Sonata for Cello (1967); Vladimír Bokes – Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 34 (1980) in premiere; Ivan Parík – Sonata for Viola (1983); and Vladimír Bokes – Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 52 (1987) as performed by Peter Zwiebel – viola (SK), Ján Bogdan - cello (SK), Ivan Buffa - piano (SK). Starts: Jan 10, 10:30; Bratislava City Gallery, Mirbach Palace, Františkánske Square 11. Tel: 02/5443-1556 – 8; www.hc.sk/projekt/koncerty-v-mirbachu/koncerty.

Bratislava

BIRD-WATCHING: For watching the White-tailed Eagle (or the Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla) near the Danube River, wintertime is best. On Sunday, January 10, the Watching.sk team will have an outpost at a Danube dyke at the Modrá čajka / Blue Gull harbour in Čunovo to watch these birds through field-glasses, along with an expert commentary (possible also in English). Starts: Jan 10, 9:30-14:00; a small walk from the Miestny úrad Čunovo bus stop of bus No 91. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.watching.sk.

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY: Vegan Dinner / Vegánska večera – The series represents a community gathering based on cooking vegan food and exchanging it, sharing it with others, etc. Starts: Jan 10, 18:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk; www.a4.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vladimír Bokes 70 – The authorial evening of Vladimír Bokes, taking place on the day of his 70th birthday (Three Piano Compositions; Piano Compositions; String Trio-premiere; Two Canons-premiere; Sextet; Fragments for Chamber Orchestra; Coll’Age; Fugue for 7 instruments, Op. 87; Departures, Op. 85.premiere) and played by Quasars Ensemble, conducted by Ivan Buffa, with solo bass Matúš Trávniček. Starts: Jan 11, 19:00, Dvorana VŠMU concert hall, Zochova 1. Admission: free. More info: www.visegradfund.org; www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Beethoven, Janáček, Bartók, Brahms – Works of these four famous composers will be performed by Stella Cho-cello, Jayoung Kim-piano, Fabian Müller-piano. The concert takes place in cooperation with the International Holland Music Sessions. Starts: Jan 12, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava

ETHNO/WORLD MUSIC, DANCE: El Moro – Flamenco, Creole waltzes and Balkan – This music/dance evening will lead visitors through exotic parts of Hispanic countries, as well as through the vivid southeast of Europe. Dance/vocals: Renata Gitana, Dáša Toporczerová and others; guitar: Oliver Kováč; cajón: Miroslav Nikulin. Starts: Jan 12, 19:00; Kafé Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Tel: 0918/ 724-379; www.kafescherz.sk (rezervacie@scherz.sk).

Bratislava

JAZZ: Peter Lipa Band – Prominent Slovak jazz singer, composer, organiser and manager Peter Lipa gives a concert with his band (Radovan Tariška – sax; Michal Šimko – bass; Michal Fedor – drums; Peter Lipa jr – keys). Starts: Jan 14, 19:00; Kafé Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €7.Tel: 0918/ 724-379; www.kafescherz.sk (rezervacie@scherz.sk).

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bokes, Liszt, Dvořák - These composers' works will be played in this concert of Slovak Philharmonics, Slovak Philharmonic Choir (led by Jozef Chabroň), conducted by Leoš Svárovský, with Ashley Wass on piano, soprano Eva Šušková, alto Eva Garajová, tenor Maxim Kutsenko and bass Martin Gurbaľ. The programme of these concerts includes Vladimír Bokes’ Missa Posoniensis (premiere), Franz Liszt’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra No 1 Es Major, S. 124, and Antonín Dvořák’s Suite A Major, op. 98b. Starts: Jan 14-15, 19:00; Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €11. Tickets: www.navstevnik.sk; more info: www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava

FOLK, WORLD MUSIC: Festive New Year’s concert of world music and folk music, with bands Banda, ĽH Muzička, and singer/dancer Štefan Štec. Starts: Jan 15, 19:00; DK Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava

OPERA: The Slovak National Theatre (SND) brought back to its repertoire some of the works of recently deceased director Jozef Bednárik, starting with Puccini’s famous Turandot, conducted by Rastislav Štúr, with a cast including Anda Louise Bogza, Michal Lehotský, Adriana Kohútková, Peter Mikuláš, Daniel Čapkovič, Ján Babjak, Bratislava Boys’ Choir and others.

Starts: Jan 15, 19:00; New SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€30. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

FOLKLORE: Tanečný večer / dance Evening – The musical/dance folklore evening is organised in collaboration with the Folk Music of Maroš Mikuš. Starts: Jan 15, 20:00; V – klub, SNP Square 12. Admission: €3. More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

OPERA: Opera: Live in HD – The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles), opera about passion and desire by George Bozet, returns to the Met stage after 100 years; this time directed by Penny Woolcock; conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and sung by Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Nicolas Testé and Mariusz Kwiecien. Live broadcast from the Met in New York. Starts: Jan 16, 18:45; Divadlo Aréna theatre, Viedenská Cesta 10. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/6720-2550 or www.divadloarena.sk.

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY/FOOD MARKET: Trh – Piac – Markt – The regular weekly market in downtown Bratislava offers organic food and farmers’ products, educational and cultural programmes, antiques/vintage commodities, and fun. Starts: Jan 16, 10:00-15:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: free. More info: www.staratrznica.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Fragile – The group (B. Kostka, S. Norisová, J. Golisová, H. Krajčiová, S. Rymarenko, S. Košecký, V. Csontos, K. Mikulčík) singing a cappella arrangements of famous hits will perform three concerts on two consecutive days, onboard a ship anchored on the Petržalka bank of the Danube. Starts: Jan 17 (16:00, 19:00), Jan 18 (19:00); Loď Café/Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo Embankment. Admission: €12.50. Tel: 0903/449-650; www.adylod.sk.

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: New Year’s Concert / Novoročný koncert 2016 – This concert offers a medley of classical music, with the State Opera Banská Bystrica musicians and soloists as well as guests (Oľga Hromadová, Patrícia Macák Solotruková, Mariana Hochelová, Michaela Popik, Martin Popovič, Peter Schneider, Robert Smiščík, Šimon Svitok and Dušan Šimo being conducted by Igor Bulla. Starts: Jan 9, 19:00; State Opera BB, Národná 11. Admission: €15. Tel: 048/2457-123;www.stateopera.sk.

Banská Bystrica

MODERN DANCE: Androgén / Jadro – The recently premiered Jadro / Androgén, two independent works, present the latest creation of the modern dance company. Androgén (choreography Tibor Trulik, music Matej Štestko) expresses the challenge of men to become truthful in life and strong in spirit and heart. Jadro (choreography Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková, music Matej Háasz) explores the mystery of the core (jadro), the fundamental part of human being, and its borders. Starts: Jan 13, 19:00; Divadlo Štúdio tanca theatre, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €6-€9. More info: www.studiotanca.sk.

Žilina

CLASSICAL MUSIC: New Year’s concerts of Sinfonietta Žilina bring Volker Schmidt Gertenbach (GER) as conductor, mezzo-soprano Angelina Shvachka (UKR) performing the works of Johann Strauss Jr, Mozart, Brahms, Dvořák, Jacques Offenbach, Grieg, Edvard Elgar, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Gioacchino Rossini, Moritz Moskowski, Georges Bizet and Johann Strauss Sr. Starts: Jan 14-15, 19:00; House of Art Fatra, Dolný Val 47. Admisison: €10-€14. More info: www.skozilina.sk.  

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Antonín Dvořák – Rusalka – The famous opera by the renowned Czech composer, based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová, will be performed as conducted by Marián Vach and directed by Hana Andělová Pletichová, sung by Patrícia Solotruková / Vendula Stískalová Černá; Michal Hýrošš / Robert Smiščík; Oľga Hromadová / Veronika Mihalková; Ivan Zvarík / Peter Mikuláš and others. Starts: Jan 14, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €10. Tel: 048/2457-123; www.stateopera.sk.

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Epiphany Concert – The concert organised by the Faculty of Performing Arts of the Art Academy in Banská Bystrica and Don Bosco Salesians presents Orchestra Camerata Novisoliensis conducted by Pavol Tužinský. Starts: Jan 17, 19:15; Church of Virgin Mary the Helper at Don Bosco Salesians, Tatranská 38, Banská Bystrica – Sásová. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.kamsdomesta.sk.

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Košice

CHOIR MUSIC: The 18th New Year’s Concert / XVIII. Novoročný koncert – The New Year’s Concert of the Csermely Choir and its guests, conducted by József Havasi and Mária Velkey, with František Beer on organ and girls’ band Five Style, as well as Hungarian soprano Marianna Sipos of Budapest and musical singer Tomáš Hundža of Prague will also feature a symphonic orchestra conducted by Budapest State Opera conductor Gyula Pfeiffer, offering many genres, styles and surprises. Starts: Jan 9, 17:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €11-€13. Tickets: MIC, Hlavná 32 (055 6230-909, 0911567423); Panta Rhei bookshop, Hlavná 72; House of Arts – one hour before start. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC/OPERA: New Year’s Concert / Novoročný koncert – New Year’s Concert of the State Theatre in Košice brings famous operatic arias and operetta tunes. Starts: Jan 10, 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); or via www.sdke.sk.

Košice

FOREIGN LANGUAGES/DEBATE: Language Café Košice offers talking in foreign languages (French, German, English, Polish, Spanish, Slovak (for foreigners) while enjoying a cup of coffee or a mug of beer. Starts: Jan 11, 17:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. More info: www.tabacka.sk. (If you want to join as a speaker, please contact paulina.evs @tabacka.sk.)   

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Rodeo – The State Slovak Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) conducted by Zbyněk Müller and with Artur Jaroň on piano, brings the works of Leonard Bernstein: Candide; Darius Milhaud: Le Bœuf sur le toit, Op. 58 (The Ox on the Roof: The Nothing-Doing Bar); Aaron Copland: Rodeo: Hoe-down; and George Gershwin: Concert for Piano and Orchestra F Major.

Starts: Jan 14, 19:00; ŠfK Košice, House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: 7-€9. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.sfk.sk.

Košice

SPORT: Kayakers’ Pool II – This course for mastering a kayak is meant for both beginners and advanced water sport fans, for children as well as adults, with experienced trainers and coaches. Starts: Jan 15 (booking at least two days in advance), 19:00; city indoor pool, Protifašistických bojovníkov 4. Admission: €5 (entry to the pool), €15 rental of kayak and equipment, €20/person (entry, rental and instructor – one for people – included). Booking: 0949/422-835; rieku@splavujeme.sk; more info www.splavujeme.sk/sk/kurzy/kajakarsky-bazen-kurz-eskimovania.   

Košice

MODERN DANCE: Io E Yo - Katarína Rampačková – The “performance for one woman and one egg” is the work of Košice native Rampáčková who after living many years abroad returns to give a performance exploring the female world revolving around the phenomenon of an egg. Starts: Jan 18, 19:00; Kasárne Kulturpark, Kukučínova 2. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk

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