Dundee Scottish Opera: Orpheus in the Underworld Gardyne Theatre, Dundee College, Gardyne Road, 01382 448876. 7.30pm. £16 (under 26s £5). See Thu 29. Perth Schubertiad 2011: Wanderer and Arpeggione Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 11.10am. £12.50. William Conway (cello) and Alasdair Beatson (piano) play the Arpeggione Sonata (in its cello version) and the Wanderer Fantasy. Schubertiad 2011: Rachmaninov, Godowsky and Liszt arrange Schubert Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 3pm. £13 (£10.50). Later arrangements of Schubert songs, played alongside the originals. Schubertiad 2011: To a Distant Beloved Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 7.30pm. £16.50–£22.50. Songs from Schubert’s posthumous Schwanengesang are paired with Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte.
Glasgow FREE Kelvingrove Sunday Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 3–3.45pm. See Sun 25. Perth Schubertiad 2011: 15 Great Schubert Songs Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 11am. £13 (£10.50). Including the perky Heidenröslein, the urbane An Sylvia and the terrifying Erlkönig. Performed by Anna Leese (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Marcus Farnsworth (baritone), Yann Ghiro (clarinet) and Alisdair Hogarth (piano). Schubertiad 2011: Vocal duets, trios and quartets Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 3pm. £13 (£10.50). The Prince Consort – singers Anna Leese, Jennifer Johnston, Nicholas Mulroy and Marcus Farnsworth, and pianist Alisdair Hogarth – plays a selection of Schubert’s rarely- heard works for small vocal ensemble. Schubertiad 2011: Death and the Maiden Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 5pm. £13 (£10.50). New York’s Escher Quartet plays Schubert’s Quartettsatz and the sombre Quartet in D Minor ‘Death and the Maiden’. Schubertiad 2011: Closing Concert Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 7.30pm. £16.50–£22.50. In a rousing finale to the fifth Schubertiad, the Prince Consort (with pianist Philip Fowke) performs Brahms’ Liebeslieder waltzes and Neue Liebeslieder, as well as Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor and Variations on an Original Theme.
Monday 10 Glasgow RCS String Department: Kodály with Strings Attached Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 1pm. £6 (£4). Rachel Spencer (violin) and Duncan Strachan (cello) perform Kodály’s Duo for violin and cello and Sonata for solo cello.
Edinburgh Pink Martini Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £19.50–£26.50. A fusion of old Hollywood romantic movies and music, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Wednesday 12
Glasgow RAF Charity Band Concert City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 9am. £10 (seniors £8; family ticket £15). A concert 102 THE LIST 22 Sep–20 Oct 2011
of light popular music from the RAF band. Free entry to school groups. Edinburgh FREE James Johnstone Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 1.10pm. Organ recital, featuring excerpts from JS Bach Clavierübung III, including the Prelude & Fugue in E flat BWV 552. Opera Camerata: Die Fledermaus Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). Small, but perfectly formed, opera company in a Strauss-fuelled evening of champagne, song and extra-marital shenanigans at Prince Orlofsky’s ball.
Glasgow FREE Music in the University: Judith Hall & Craig Ogden Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 1.10–2pm. Music for flute and guitar. Edinburgh FREE Live Music Now: Arunda Scottish National Gallery, The Mound,
624 6200. 6–6.30pm. The young wind trio plays pieces by Tchaikovsky, Mozart and others, as well as traditional Scottish reels. SCO: Mullova Plays Beethoven Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £9.50–£28 (concessions available). A new work by Martin Suckling; Viktoria Mullova solos on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto; and the earlier version of Schumann’s Symphony No 4 . Robin Ticciati conducts. Opera Camerata: Die Fledermaus Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). See Wed 12.
Friday 14 Glasgow RCS Stevenson Winds: Inspired by Mozart Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 1pm. £9.50. RSNO Principal Clarinet John Cushing leads the Conservatoire’s elite wind ensemble in Wendt’s Marriage of Figaro Suite and Dove’s Figures in the Garden. Fidelio Trio Cairns Church, 11 Buchanan Street, Milngavie. 7.30pm.
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PREVIEW PARENT AND BABY CONCERTS BIG EARS, LITTLE EARS SCO, St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow, Tue 27 Sep; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 28 Sep (sold out); macrobert, Stirling, Thu 29 Sep
It’s never too young to start listening to music, but for the babies, toddlers and their parents who want more than ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, the live orchestral experience isn’t one usually on offer. Putting that to rights is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and their new pilot series of concerts, Big Ears, Little Ears, where parents, carers and babies can enjoy live classical music in the concert hall without feeling any embarrassed pressure to stifle the odd cry or whimper. ‘From the orchestra’s point of view,’ says conductor Howard Moody,
himself a father of three offspring, ‘music is there to be shared by everybody, but parents can be scared to take young children to concerts.’ The impact of live music on people of all ages who may not have experienced it before can be astonishing and, says Moody, ‘whether a young child is responding consciously or unconsciously doesn’t really matter.’ The concerts are short – 45 minutes – and in the morning, so practical for
parents, and music is mainly well known classics with some Scots songs sung by mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, a regular SCO guest artist and mum to a toddler. ‘My first thoughts were to programme peaceful and gentle music,’ says Moody, ‘but research shows that lively music brings immediate attention, so we are doing both. We have the last movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, which is immensely powerful, and might actually sound better with a bit of background noise!’ The folk songs – Fidgety Bairn, Britten’s setting of Burns’ Highland Balou and Ye Banks and Braes – are ones which parents can sing themselves. ‘It’s the music of the audience’s ancestors,’ says Moody, ‘and must be there somewhere in their gene pool. Mothers and fathers can join in, take them away and sing to their children again.’ (Carol Main)
£10 (students £5; children free). See Thu 13. Edinburgh Opera Camerata: Die Fledermaus Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). See Wed 12.
Glasgow FREE Red Note Ensemble: McEwen Commission Concert Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 1pm. Music by Varèse, MacMillan, Sweeney and Wilson and the world premiere of the university’s McEwen Commission, Luna, by Helen Grime. Edinburgh The Quodlibet Chorale Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, 556 3515. 7.30pm. £8 (£5). Music by Gabrieli and Byrd, but also Thomas Tallis’ mind-boggling 40- part motet Spem in alium and Jackson’s Sanctum est verum lumen. The Sixteen: Hail, Mother of the Redeemer Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £10–£20. The Sixteen presents music by Tomás Luis de Victoria. Opera Camerata: Die Fledermaus Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). See Wed 12.
Glasgow FREE Kelvingrove Sunday Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 3–3.45pm. See Sun 25. Kammerchor Chemnitz Glasgow University Chapel, University Avenue, 330 4092. 7.30pm. £tbc. Songs by Orlando di Lasso, Brahms, Rachmaninov and more are performed by this chamber choir from the city formerly known as Karl-Marx-Stadt.
Perth Jennifer Pike & Mahan Esfahani Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 1–2pm. £6.50–£7.50. Violinist Pike and harpsichordist Esfahani perform works by Handel and Bach.
Edinburgh FREE Edinburgh Quartet Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 1.10pm. Mozart’s Quartet K387 and Prokofiev’s Quartet No 2. Wednesday 19
Edinburgh Edinburgh Quartet: Beethoven Cycle St George’s West, 58 Shandwick Place, 225 7001. 7.30pm. £tbc. The quartet pedals its amazing four-wheeled Beethoven Cycle with three quartets: Op 18 No 4, Op 14 and Op 127.
Glasgow BBC SSO: Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10–£23 (concessions available). Butterworth’s Two English Idylls set the pastoral tone; young Norwegian violin star Vilde Frang steps up for Nielsen’s Violin Concerto; to finish, Beethoven’s cheery Symphony No 6. Andrew Manze conducts. Edinburgh Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8pm. £15 (£12). A mix of Indian and western classical music from master guitarist Thacker.