DANCE: Dance Theatre ATak: I Would Like to Fly – The dance theatre (tanečné divadlo) ATak returns to the life story of the first beatified Slovak woman, the nun Zdenka Schelingová, showing it through dance, performed to original music composed by the creative group Poetica Musica. Starts: May 19, 19:00; Divadlo Jána Palárika / Ján Palárik Theatre, Trojičné Square 2. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk; www.djp.sk.
SINGING COMPETITION: International Singing Contest of Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský – The 22nd year of the international competition hailing the Trnava native, composer and musician M. Schneider-Trnavský, will bring 100 young opera singers, aged under 35, from 18 countries (Slovakai, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine, the USA, Latvia, Lithuania, and Kazakhstan) competing for victory awarded by eight-member jury. Thed opening concert called “Spiritual Music” takes palce on May 21, bringing works of the local native as performed by the Trnava Chamber Orchestra, Mixed Choir Trnavia and soloist, conducted by Marian Lejava. Three rounds – between May 22 and 26 – will be open also to public, with the ceremonial awarding and concert of winners taking place on May 27. Starts: May 21, 20:00, St Nicolas Basilica; May 22-26, 10:00-19:00, Mirro Hall of the Ján Palárik Theatre; May 27, 18:00, concert hall of the Marianum (Episcopal Palace). Admission: free (€2-€5 on May 21). More info: www.kamdomesta.sk, www.regiontirnavia.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trnava Musical Spring 2017 (Trnavská Hudobná Jar, THJ) – Spiritual Music in the Basilica – The 49th year of this festival brings six concerts, this time including international ones. The concluding concert of THJ and the opening concert of the renewed International Singers’ Contest of Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský brings the Trnavský komorný orchester (Trnava Chamber Orchestra), and the Mixed Choir (Miešaný spevácky zbor) Tirnavia conducted by Marian Lejava with Mária Taytakova (soprano), Lucia Duchoňová (alto), Matúš Šimko (tenor), and Tomáš Šelc (bass), and Stanislav Šurin (organ). Starts: May 21, 20:00; St Nicolas Basilica, Trnavských Parašutistov 4. Admission: €2-€5, tickets available at the door one hour before the concert. More info: http://web4.deskline.net/akcie-tirnavia/sk/event/detail/SVK/8114648f-8863-490c-9f10-5aa0cad9f78f/trnavsk%C3%A1_hudobn%C3%A1_jar_2017_-_duchovn%C3%A1_hudba_v_bazilike?limSERIALEVENTS=86d14b35-88ca-4e97-a599-0596ca9dfe8b&selArrivalDate=20170521.
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JAZZ: Laco Deczi & Celula New York – The long-time Slovak émigré, jazzman Laco Deczi, plays with his band in the popular western-Slovak music club. Starts: May 27, 20:00; Blue Note Jazz and Music Restaurant, J. Hašku 18. More info: www.bluenote.sk.
MUSICAL: Jesus Christ Superstar – This production of the legendary musical, as choreographed and directed by Ján Ďurovčík, features Slovak showbiz stars: Patrik Vykočil, Janko Slezák, Ivan Tásler & IMT Smile, Katarína Hasprová, Nela Pocisková and many others. Starts: May 28, 19:00; City Hall Nitra - Klokočina, Dolnočermánska Street. Admission: €25-45. Tickets: www.ticketportal.sk. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
DANCE SHOW: Queen: The Show Must Go On – The dance show of the Moravské divadlo / Moravian Theatre of the Czech city of Olomouc has been filling houses since it was choreographed, directed and staged by Robert Balogh – who was assisted by the personal secretary of Freddie Mercury, Peter Freestone. The story follows the life of the leader of Queen, Freddie Mercury, his rise, his feelings of loneliness even at the top of his fame and glory and his lamentable end. Starts: May 19, 19:00; Kino Mier, Centrum 21/16. Tickets: www.ticketportal.sk. More info: www.hudobnotanecneprojekty.sk.
OPERA/PREMIERE: Aleko – Iolanta – Two one-act Russian operas premiere as a one united theatre piece, with the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff to the libretto by Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko (Aleko) and of P.I. Tchaikovsky to the libretto by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Iolanta) being rehearsed and conducted by Marian Vach, directed by Marcello Lippi, with costumes by Nataša Štefunková, stage design by Marek Gašpar Šafárik, choirmaster Iveta Popovičová. Cast includes Šimon Svitok, Michaela Popik Kušteková as guest, Peter Malý as guest, Jozef Benci as guest, Alena Hodálová, Ivan Zvarík, Katarína Procházková, Martin Popovič, Michal Hýrošš, Marek Pobuda as guest, Peter Račko as guest, Marián Hadraba, Jitka Sapara Fischerová as guest, Michaela Kraus, and Ivana Kurtulíková. Starts: May 19, 20, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €5-€10, season tickets A, C, D. More info: www.stateopera.sk.
JAZZ: Blues night: Sitra Achra Band – The Slovak band (Erich Boboš Procházka-harmonica, Martin Zajko-guitar, Pišta Lengyel-guitar, Martin Žiak-bass, Martin Wittgruber-keyboard, Igor Ajdži Sabo-drums) plays its repertory composed mostly of blues. Starts: May 19, 19:30; Route 66, Garbiarska 627. Admission: €13. More info, booking: http://bit.ly/SitraAchraband; www.r66.sk.
SPORT/EVENT: The Slovak Knife and Axe Throwing Championship – Historically the first event of its kind, will be complemented with archery, and overseen by Czech experts – so that it sticks to the official European rules. Both Slovaks and foreigners can compete. Starts: May 20, 9:00; Fort Geronimo, Vlkanová, Vlkanovská 170. Admission: free for onlookers, competitors must register. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
CONCERT: Czech singer, violinist and actress Iva Bittová with her Čikori band, will tour Slovakia to support her new album, At Home. They will also perform in Bratislava (May 22), Trnava (June 1) and Banská Bystrica (June 2). Čikori includes Iva Bittová (lead vocals, violin, percussions), Vladimír Václavek (acoustic and electric guitar), Jaromír Honzák (double bass, bass), and Oskar Török (trumpet, flugelhorn), with Bittová’s son Antonín Fajt (keyboard, electronics) as special guest. Starts: May 23, 19:00; New Synagogue, J. M. Hurbana 220/11. Admission: €10-€13. Tickets: www.drhorak.sk. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: As part of the Žilina Days, the Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO) will play outdoors for all – conducted by Lukáš Pohůnek – the works of Mozart, Beethoven, F. Mendelssohn- Bartholdy, J. Strauss and others. Starts: May 25, 17:00; Mariánske Square. More info: www.skozilina.sk.
DANCE: Matthew Rogers/Chris Leuenberger: Desire and Discipline – The dance performance of the US/Swiss duo explores the male ego, gay sexuality as an expression of relations, self-perception, intimacy and a metaphor of self-love, connection and sexual autonomy of an individual. Dance: Matthew Rogers (USA), Chris Leuenberger (CH); music: Thomas Jeker, costumes: Salome Egger, light design: Tomáš Morávek, supervision: Marcel Schwald (CH), Simone Truong (CH), Petra Tejnorová (CZ), Starts: May 27, 20:00; Záhrada CNK, Záhrada - Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.zahradacnk.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Košice Musical Spring – The concluding concert features Miskolci Szimfonikus Zenekar / Symphonic Orchestra from the Hunagrian city of Miskolc – and soloists Beatrix Fodor-soprano, János Bándi-tenor Marián Lukáč-baritone, Peter Cibula-recital, and two choirs: Collegium Technicum, Nostro Canto, - as conducted by Tamás Gál and with choirmaster Tatiana Švajková – performing the overture to F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s opera Hebrides, C. Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, and the concert version of the debut opera of Giacomo Puccini, Le Villi, in its Slovak premiere. Starts: May 24, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €7-€14 (€20 VIP). Tel: 055/2453-123; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sfk.sk. Online tickets: www.navstevnik.sk/detail-podujatia?showId=1010323&eventId=1025821.
CONCERT: The Orange Music Live series continues, bringing to Tabačka Apparat, aka Sascha Ring of the successful grouping Moderat to give a DJing evening, offering his eclectic electronic tastes. Starts: May 26, 20:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission. €10 (in advance, www.ticketportal.sk)-€12 on the site. More info: www.tabacka.sk.
JAZZ: 26. Mike Parker’s Trio Theory – The international project of US/Polish jazz musicians (Mike Parker-double bass-New York; Slawek Pezda-saxophone-Krakow; Frank Parker-drums-Chicago) pulses with rock energy, the finesse of classical music, experimental bravery and avant-garde. Starts: May 26, 21:00; Wave Club, Hlavná 121. More info: www.mptheory.com; www.wave.sk.
OPERA: Richard Wagner: Fairies / Feen – The Košice State Theatre (SDKE) offers this lesser-known work of Wagner (influenced strongly by Carl Maria von Weber and Heinrich Marschner) in a Slovak premiere, rehearsed (and conducted, together with Jan Novobilský, by Robert Jindra, directed by Lubor Cukr, with costumes by Josef Jelínek, stage design by Jaromír Vlček, choirmaster Lukáš Kozubík and other artists involved. The Košice stageing includes as cast Peter Paleček, Yevhen Shokalo, Frédérique Friess, Klára Vincze, Lucie Kašpárková, Tatiana Paľovčíková, Myroslava Havryliuk, Viera Kállayová, Titusz Tóbisz, Gilles Van der Linden, Barbora Řeřichová, Michaela Várady, Pavol Kubáň, Marián Lukáč, Michal Onufer, Jiří Přibyl, Aneta Hollá, Janette Zsigová, Jaroslav Dvorský, Maksym Kutsenko, and others. Starts: May 26, 27, 19:00; historical SDKE building, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4- €17. More info: www.sdke.sk.
Spišská Nová Ves/Banská Bystrica
SPORT/CHARITY: A special cycling event passes through Slovak territory every year, full of disabled athletes and aimed at highlighting their situation but also their ambitions and successes. This time around, in its 10th year, the popular charity event, the Hudba bez bariér / Music without Barriers concert coincides with this contest, taking place on May 30 in Banská Bystrica – featuring the Desmod band, singers Sima Martausová and Martin Harich. The cycling tour, Parasport24 Tour, starts May 28 in Spišská Nová Ves and ends June 2 in Trenčianske Teplice. Legs of the tour are 28.5. Spišská Nová Ves – Spišský Štvrtok - Jánovce – Vlková – Vrbov - Žakovce – Huncovce - Veľká Lomnica – Poprad - Svit; 29. 5. Svit - Tatranská Štrba – Východná - Hybe – L. Hrádok – L Mikuláš – Partizánska Ľupča – Gino Paradise Bešeňová; 30. 5. 9:00 Gino Paradise Bešeňová – Partizánske Ľupča Liptovská Osada - Donovaly – Banská Bystrica; 31. 5. Banská Bystrica – Sliač – Zvolen – Budča – Hronská Dúbrava – Trnavá Hora – Žiar nad Hronom – Hliník nad Hronom – Vyhne; 1. 6. Vyhne – Žarnovica – Horné hámre – Píla – Veľké Pole – Horná Ves - Partizánske – Žabokreky nad Nitrou – Topoľčany; 2. 6. Topoľčany – Rybany - Bánovce nad Bebravou – Bobot – Motešice – Trenčianske Teplice. Starts: May 28, Spišská Nová Ves. More info: on the concert www.ticketportal.sk/event.aspx?id=65225; on the tour http://parasport24.com/index.php/projekty/2017/242-parasport24-tour-2017-10-rocnik; (www.parasport24.com).
EXHIBITION: V mene krásy / In the Name of Beauty – The exhibition presenting the local sculptor Vojtech Löffler as an art collector is ending and so there is last chance to see around 30 paintings (including self-portraits), nudes and still-lives, ceramics, and other utility artworks. The exhibition, revolving around the Night of Museums and Galleries and curated by Radovan Kurilko lasts until May 28. Open: Tue-Sat 10:00- 18:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until May 28; Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 055/6223 -073; www.lofflermuzeum.sk.