0 Music is listed as diary: by day, then by city, then by event.


FRIDAY 29 Glasgow

0 Xenakis Festival - Lecture Scottish Music Infromation Centre. 7 Lilybank Gardens. Free at door. 5pm. Nouritza Matossian. expert on Xenakis. lectures on ‘The unity of Xenakis‘ architecture and his musical composition‘.

0 Xenakis Festival Concert Hall. Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret Drive. Tickets: Room 20‘). Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret Drive. G12 8DG. 8pm. Free. As the Xenakis Festival reaches its last concert. today is the 65th birthday ofthe man it’s all about. On the programme is his first work. Metastaseis along with Shaar and the UK Premiere of I Ioros. Also world premiere ofa specially commissioned work by Polish composer Zbigniew Penherski.

0 Glasgow Phoenix Choir Eastwood Theatre. Eastwood Park. Rouken Glen Road. Giffnock. Tickets: 638 6511/1101 or 638 7081/8479(Tl1t’

M crcury and Advertiser). 7pm. £2. The Glasgow Phoenix plays host to two choirs from Germany this week. which also perform in tonight‘s concert. Music caters for all preferences including the Beach Boys. the Beatles and Bach


0 Edinburgh Ouartet I Iopetoun House. South Queensferry. Tickets: 228 1155 (Usher Hall) or 332 8691 (EQ). 8pm. £8 (includes wine and canapes). Not quite in Edinburgh. but worth the effort ofgetting out to the splendid setting of I Iopetoun House. Mozart. Mendelssohn and Haydn‘sThe Lark Quartets.

SATURDAY 30 Edinburgh

0 8N0 Proms Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1 155. 7.30pm. £2.50—£9 (series discounts available) (child £2.50). The SNO Proms open with a first halfchosen by subscribers as they booked theirtickets. Favourite choices are Sorcerer‘s Apprentice. Night on the Bare Mountain and Stravinsky‘s Firebird Suite. The SNO‘s own choice for the second half is The First Witches‘ Sabbath by Mendelssohn. See panel.

0 Edinburgh Light Orchestra Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. Tickets: 228 1155 (Usher Hall) or 334 3140 (ELO) or Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge. 7.30pm. £2.75. A something for everyone selection of light operatic

favourites and popular music for orchestra. This one's conducted by James Beyer. led by Miles Baster and the soloist is Linda Orrniston. 0 Master Class St Mary‘s Music School. 25 Palmerston Place. 225 1831. Commences 9am. Admission free. The distinguished Russian violin teacher Felix Andrievsky gives an all-day masterclass with some of the talented young musicians at St Mary’s. Listeners welcome.

SUNDAY 31 Glasgow

0 Glasgow Sinfonia Henry Wood Hall. Claremont Street. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre. Candleriggs). 7.30pm. £2.50. The first public concert by a new orchestra formed only last autumn. Marco Romano conducts a popular programme of Mozart‘s Haffner Symphony. Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. the Adagio for Strings by Barber and Mendelssohn‘s Italian Symphony.


0 St Giles’ at Six St Giles“ Cathedral. High Street. Free at door. 6pm. Ave

Maris Stella by Samuel Wesley and Mozart‘s D major Quartet K575 performed by the Logic String Quartet with Moira Crichton and Katrine Townhill.

o Meadows ChamberOrchestra Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. Tickets: Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge. 7.45pm. £3(£l.5()). The 15th anniversary concert of this lively chamber orchestra. conducted by Peter Evans. Haydn‘s Sinfonia Concertante with the astonishing young brother and sister duo Catherine and Jonathan Manson (violin and cello). Spedding Micklem (oboe) and Celia Birkinshaw (bassoon) should be well worth going along for. Also premiere of Fantasia For String Orchestra by Malcolm Warnes. Chopin‘s 2nd Piano Concerto and the Dances ofGalanta by Kodaly.

MONDAY 1 Glasgow

0 Cappella Nova Glasgow Cathedral. John Knox Street. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre Candleriggs). 8pm. Extra date: Tue 2. £3.50 (£2). First performances ofworks by William Sweeney and James MacMillan. plus Sheppard‘s Western Wynde Mass and Britten‘s Hymn ofSt Cecilia. Also organ music played by John Turner. Glasgow and Thomas Laing Reilly. Edinburgh.


0 Pasadena Root Orchestra Assembly Rooms. George Street. Tickets: 225


With the comforting regularity of tradition, early June marksthe opening or the SNO‘s Summer Proms in Edinburgh. Giving six concerts at the Usher Hall, closely rolowed by fourteen in Glasgow, the SNO is gallantly ottering a real something-lor-everyone choice of programmes. Enterprisingly picking up the popular concept ot themes, SNO General Administrator Stephen Carpenter has gone for Rain, Steam and Speed, explaining his move by saying ‘I thinkthatwhen one‘s planning a season of six orlourteen concerts it’s much easierto endow the whole series with a theme.’ How this one though? ‘I was speaking to what was then a potential sponsor, British Rail’s Intercity. and trying to think what sort ot programme I could otter them. Somehow, I was reminded of Turner’s painting and devised a programme which Intercity are in tact sponsoring. Then I thought I would apply Rain, Steam and Speed to the whole series and that’s how the theme tor the Proms came about.’ On close inspection, just about all the music somehow or other does in tact tit into this theme, some of it easierthan others. As Carpenter says, ‘For rain, the first thing that sprung to mind was Land 01 The Mountain And The Flood. And then Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, which has a storm. James Loughran

actually found a piece called, Rain, Steam and Speed and that just had to go m.‘

Naturally, that most lamous thriller Murder On The Orient Express couldn't be missed out and the Suite of that name by Richard Rodney Bennett (see photo) is pertormed in the same concert as Villa Lobos’ Little Train 01 The Calpira. Bennett also presents Fascinatin’ Rhythm with Marian Montgomery in a special cabaret concert leaturing the music or George Gershwin, marking the 50th anniversary of his death.

This year‘s Proms are on at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Saturday 30 May - Sat 6 June and at the Scottish Exhibition and Conlerence Centre, Glasgow, 12—17 June. See Listings or pick up brochure from Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 031 2281155 orTicket Centre, Candleriggs, Glasgow, 041 552 5961. (Carol Main)

5373 (P840) or 228 l 155 (Usher Hall). 1pm. £3 (£2). Edinburgh‘s Lunchtime Concert series comes to its end in a stylish way with music by Cole Porter. Irving Berlin. Gershwin. Duke Ellington and many more ofthat ilk.



0 Madam Butterfly'l'heatre Royal. Hope Street.33l 1234.7.15pm. £3—£1‘). Extra dates: Fri 5 (Glasgow); Wed 24 and Sat 27 (Edinburgh). Scottish Opera in their stunning SilverJubilee production with Musical Director Sir Alexander Gibson and producer Nuria Espert.


0 8N0 Proms Usher I Iall. Lothian Road. 228 l 155. 7.30pm. £2.50—£9 (series discounts available) (children £2.50). Percussionist Evelyn Glennie stars in Milliaud‘s concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone and Saint Saens‘ ferocious Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso arranged for marimba. MacCunn‘s Land ()fThe Mountain And The Flood (of Sulherland's [.uu' fame) opens. and the second halfis devoted to Scheherezade by Rimsky Korsakov. See panel.

0 Dalkeith Symphony Orchestra Lasswade High School Centre. Eskdale Drive. Bonnyrigg. Tickets: 228 l 155 (Usher Hall). 7.30pm. Extra date: Wed 3. £2 ( £1 ). A summery programme starting with the original Engelbert Humperdinck‘s Hansel and Gretel Overture. Also items by young musicians. Suk‘s Raduz and Mahulena Suite and Brahms‘ Academic Festival ()verture.

o Cappella Nova Old St Paul's Church. Jeffrey Street. Tickets: Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge. 8pm. £3.50 (£2).


0 Lunch and Listen Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 123-1 (on day only ). lprn. £1 .50. Enjoy lunch while listening to Seppo Ruohonen who‘s surrently singing Pinkerton in Scottish Opera‘s Silver Jubilee production of Madam Butterfly.

0 Billy Budd Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 123-1. 7.15pm. Extra dates: Sat 6 (Glasgow): Tue 23 and Fri 26 (Edinburgh). £3—£ 1‘). Scottish Opera bring their 8687 season to a close with a new production by Graham Vick of Britten‘s powerful drama. Strong all male cast.

0 Children's Music Festival Glasgow Arts Centre. 12 Washington Street. 2214526. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Thurs 4. Fri 5. £21£I (child 50p). A festive feast of music for primary age children. Different programme with adjudication each night


0 Opera Video Italian Institute. 2a Melville Crescent. 226 3173. Free at door. 7.30pm. Excerpts from Rossini‘sThe Barber QfSeville. on for real at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow tomorrow. Orchestra and chorus from the Arena di Verona.

0 8N0 Proms Usher Hall. Lothian

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