0 Music is listed as diary: by day. than by city, than by event.
I Lunchtime Concert Concert Hall. Glasgow University. Free at door.
1 . 15pm. The Wind Ensemble and Concert Band of the RSAMD conducted by Edgar Williams.
I Lillii Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234. 7.15pm. £3—£21. Last chance to see Scottish Opera‘s new production of Berg‘s tale of the femme fatale who loses her life at the hands ofJack the Ripper.
I Scottish Philharmonic Singers (‘it y l i all. Candleriggs. 227 5511. 7.30pm. £3—£8. While the SCO is in Japan. their choral colleagues hold the fort with a performance of Rachmaninov-'s Vespers. The same composer‘s Symphonic Dances can also be heard in a performance for two pianos by Howard Shelley and Ililary MacNamara. See also Monday 30. Edinburgh.
I Now's The Time Ilenry Wood l iali. Claremont Street. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre). 8pm. £4 (£3 standby from 7.30pm). Clarinettists Alan Hackerand Tony Coe pair up for the premiere ofBill Sweeney‘s Sweeney Astray. which takes its inspiration not front the composer. but from the medieval Irish chieftain
I Organ Recital Reid Concert Hall. Bristo Square. Free at door. 1.10pm. Ronald Leith plays organ music by Sweelinck. Distler and Buxtehude.
I The Tale oi Peter Rabbit Netherbow Theatre. High Street. 556 9579. 7pm. Extra date: Saturday 28 at 10.30am. 2pm and 7pm. £2.50(£1.50). With Nevill Garden for evenings and Jim Morrison for daytime. Beatrix Potter‘s tale is assured of a compelling telling. New songs by Louise McLean. In aid of Unicef.
I SNO Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1155. 7.30pm. Extra date: Saturday 28. Glasgow. £2.50—£9.90. Britten‘s Frank Brige Variations. Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 and two works by Debussy — Prelude a I 'apres-mt'dr' (1 'un faune - make up tonight‘s programme.
I iiunger Waits Traverse Theatre. Grassmarkct. 226 2633. 7.45pm. Extra dates: Saturday 28. Sunday 29. From £2. Quartet 4 presents dance and music theatre as part of the New Work No Deﬁnition season presented by the
Traverse and Glasgow's Third Eye Centre.
I Platform Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 8pm. £6 (tables)£5 (unreserved). Roger Woodward plays Herma. Euryali and Mists by Xenakis. the Greek born composer featured at a special festival of his music in May. followed by two works by the J apanesc composerToru Takemitsu. one of the featured composers at this year‘s Musica Nova in September. Cecil Taylor performs some of his own music.
Glasgow I NOW'S The Time Henry Wood Hall.
Claremont Street. Tickets: 2275511 (Ticket Centre). 11am. £3. Platform's weekend ofnew music continues with pianists Roger Woodward and Cecil Taylor giving a lecture“demonstration prior to their concert this evening.
I Aida Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234. 7. 15pm. £3-£21 . Scottish Opera's final performance of their new production of Verdi’s grand opera.
I 8N0 City Hall. Candleriggs. 227 5511. 7.30pm. £2.50-- £9.90. See Friday27. Edinburgh. for full description.
I Row’s The Time Ilertry wood l lali. Claremont Street. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre). 8pm. £5 (£3 standby from 7.30pm). See Friday 27 forfull description.
I The Tale oi Peter Rabbit Neiherbow Theatre. High Street. 5569579. 10.30am. 2pm and 7pm. £2.50 (£1 .50). See Friday 27 for full description.
I Fiddlers Concert L'sher I lall. Lothiart Road. 228 1 155. 7pm. £1—-£5. The Edinburgh Highland Reel and Strathspey Society swing their sporrans to foot-tapping favourites.
I Hunger Waits Traverse Theatre. Grassmarkct. 2262633. 7.45pm. Extra date: Sunday 29. From £2. see Friday27 for full description.
I Edinburgh Bach Society Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.45pm. £3.50 (£2). In what will probably be his last concert with the EBC before he leaves for Australia. John Grundy conductsa programme of music by Vivaldi.
I Songs oi the Hebrides Christ Church Hall. Morningside. Tickets: at door. 7.30pm. £2 (£1). The story and musicof Marjory Kennedy Fraser performed by Joan Busby and James Douglas. Light refreshments available.
I Annual Piping Recital Reid Concert Hall. Bristo Square. Tickets: 553 7850(Thc Piper’s Cave. 66 Duke Street). 8pm. £3. Gold medallists Roddy MacLeod and Robert Wallace with the Lothian and Borders Pipe Band.
I Fascinating Rhythm Laigh Room. Si Cecilia's Hall. Cowgate. Tickets: at door. 8pm. £2.50 (£2). A celebration ofthe songs and the era ofGeorge Gershwin with Ann Heavens. Lilla Scott. Walter Thomson and Barrie Mackay.
I Piano Recital 2 Belford Road. Admission at door. 8pm. Free. Edinburgh Society of Musicians host an evening of solo piano music performed by Mark ()wen.
SUNDAY 29 '
I Telemann Ensemble Greenbank Church. Eaglesham Road. Clarkston. 2.30pm. Free at door. An afternoon ofchamber music with retiring collection for Christian Aid.
I Good Shepherd Chorus Ilenry Wood Hall. Claremont Street. Tickets: 2275511 (Ticket Centre) or 943 0256 (Mr Fields). 8pm. £3 (£2). Can this be the first Messiah of the year'.’ Could well be and it promises to be a good one. Glyn Bragg conducts and soloists are Sheena Gilchrist. Anne McLellan-Scott. Peter Richfield and Geoffrey Davidson. Proceedsto Musicians‘ Benevolent Fund and Tear Fund.
I Edinburgh University Madrigal Group Reid Concert Hall. Bristo Square. Tickets: 667 101 1 ext 4577(Miss Donaldson). 7.45pm. £3.50(£2.50). Music for Christmas byJ S Bach anda selection of British composers. including the Scottish premiere of Edward Harper’s Qui (‘rt’al'il coelum.
THEMES AND VARIATIONS
New music has one oi its sporadic outbursts at the beginning oi December. On Tuesday 1 Dec, Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust presents its tribute to the American composer Charles lves and then on the weekend of 5 a 6 December, the New Music Group oi Scotland’s Edinburgh and Glasgow periormances ieature new Scottish electro-acoustic music. With guest director Lyell Cresswell (see photo), ECAT’s Oueen’s iiall Concert is more or less ali lves, apart irom such gems as Stephen Foster’s ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ and hymns ‘Roclt of Ages’ and ’Are You Washed7’. ‘Ali,’ says Cresswell, ‘there tor a reason’, which will no doubt be made pertectiy clear it you go to the concert. Out ior now, it might help to know that, like countless composers beiore him, ives also took inspiration irom the work of others. The Trio tor Violin, Cello and Plano (periortned on this occasion by Andrea Jacobs, Marti Bailey and Leon Coates) Is a good example oi his mastery oi the use oi quotation, quoting — you’ve guessed it- iines irom ‘My Old Kentucky llome’ and ‘Rocit oi Ages’. ‘Are You Washed7’, that grand old Salvation Army hymn, appears in
‘General William Booth Enters into Heaven’, its original version giving a sharp contrast with lves’ use oi it.
‘it is the songs,’ says Cressweil. ‘That give some insight into essence oi his music and cover the whole range oi moods and styles which characterise his whole output.’ Cresswell himseli is not beyond taiting inspiration irom another composer and the concert also includes the premiere oi ’Variatlons on a Theme’ by Charles lves, specially commissioned by ECAT as part oi its policy oi a new work ior each oi this season’s concerts. A set oi eleven variations on ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’, it’s scored ior iiute (Anne Evans) and cello. (Cami Main).
I ilunger Waits Traverse Theatre. Grassmarkct. 226 2633. 7.45pm. From £2. See Friday 27 for full description.
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I New Town Concerts Queen's llail. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.45pm. £3—£6. Pianists Howard Shelley and Hilary MacNamara play Mozart‘s Sonata for 2 pianos K448. Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov and Milhaud's brilliant Scurtmtouclte. See also Friday 27. SP5. Glasgow.
I Harpsichord Recital Collins Gallery. University ofStrathclyde. 22 Richntond Street. Free at door. 1.15pm—2pm. Leslie MacLeod plays the Italian Concerto BWV971 by Bach and the Suite in A minor by Rameau.
I Glasgow Phoenix Choir City 1 Iall. Candleriggs. Tickets: 884 3257 (Mrs Harrison). 7.30pm. Extra dates: Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3. £2. A well mixed bag of music including Christmas songs and carols. West Indian songs and spirituals. Scottish folk songs. Vaughan Williams' Fit-e English Folk Songs and music by Parry and Cedric Thorpe Davie.
I Edinburgh Quartet Reid Concert Hall. Bristo Square. Free at door. 1.10pm. As they continue their visits to various Scottish universities. the Edinburgh Quartet give a lunchtime concert ofthe Quartet No 4 by Peter Inness and Op 71 NoZ by Haydn.
I Mary. Queen oi Scots Gala Concert L'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1 155. This concert. due to be given by the SNO with Sir Alexander Gibson. has been postponed until further notice.
I ECAT Queen‘s Ilall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 8pm. £4 (£3). A retrospective devoted to the work of Charles Ives. with the premiere of Lyell Cressweli‘s Variations on a theme by ( ‘harles Ives (see panen.
I Lunch and Listen Theatre Royal. llope Streei.331 1234. 1pm. £2r’£1.50. Another lunchtime of mesmerising munching as a guest of Scottish Opera talks about life in the music business.
I Glasgow Phoenix Choir City Hall. Candleriggs. Tickets: 884 3257 (Mrs Harrison). 7.30pm. Extra date: Thursday 3. £2. See Tuesday 2 for full description.
I Edinburgh University Wind Ensemble Reid Concert Hall. Bristo Square. Tickets: at door. 7.30pm.
I Edinburgh Ouartet Concert Hall. Glasgow University. Free at door. 1.15pm. As part of Glasgow University's concert series. the Edinburgh Quartet play quartets by Ravel and Haydn.
I Glasgow Phoenix Choir City i lall. Candleriggs. Tickets: 884 3257 (Mrs Harrison). 7.30pm. £2. See Tuesday 2 for full description.
I RSAMD Chamber Orchestra Paisley Abbey. Paisley. 7.30pm. Tickets: free by writing to RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. After two successful November concerts. the RSAMD Orchestra goes to Paisley Abbey for Bach‘s Double Violin Concerto. Stray'insky's Pulcinclla Suite and the Symphony No 3 by Schubert.
I Harpsichord/Organ Recital St Cecilia‘s Hall. Cowgate. Free at door. 8pm. Peter
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