Musical, opera, music-theatre, operetta—call it what you like, because it doesn't really matter. Scottish Opera's new production of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide' is a wonderful evening's entertainment. Based on Voltaire's story of the young man, Candide, and his sweetheart, Cunegonde, it tells of the string of adventures they go through, all set against the philosophical backdrop of everything happening iorthe best as taught by Dr Pangloss. The actual stage set is a huge white box, into which the debris of each adventure is collected, serving as a reminder of the series at disasters the tale touches on. War, shipwrecks, syphilis, earthquakes, prostitution, slavery— all supposedly part of a benevolent universal plan until Candide finally realises that he has to get a grip on his own destiny. The new adaptation by Musical Director John Mauceri and John Wells is very clever and at times highly amusing, as is the whole production, shared by Wells with Jonathan Miller. Nicholas Grace, known to millions through his role as Anthony Blanche in ‘Brideshead Revisited’, is no singer, but his Voltaire/Pangloss is quite brilliant, its chameleon-like character nevertlagging tor a moment. First class performances too come trom the other principals including Mark Beudert as Candide, Ann Howard as the Old Lady and Marilyn Hill Smith singing Cunegonde. Musically, much at the best material originates lrom the Overture, but there are quiet contrasts too and generally the show does not have the American brashness one might expect. It's quite long, perhaps a bit too long, so don‘t make plans to get out much before ten. (Carol Main) Candide is at the Playhouse, Edinburgh, Thursday 23, Friday 24 June at 7.15pm, and at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow - 29 June and 1 July at 7.15pm.
MONDAY 13 Glasgow
I London Festival Orchestra Paisley Abbey. Tickets: 227 551 1 (Ticket Centre). 7.30pm. £5. Gluck. Mendelssohn. Mozart. Arnold and Bach. Soloistsare frorn the RSAMD along with award winning Scottish soprano. Fiona Cameron. See also Sun 12. Edinburgh.
I Lothian Region Schools Orchestra Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. (>68 2019. 7.30pm. £1 (50p). Programme toinclude Symphony .\'o H by Dvorak and Malcolm Arnold‘s Scottish Dances.
I BBC SSO Concert Hall. Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret Drive. Tickets: s.a.e. to Room 20‘). BBC. Queen Margaret Drive or from Reception. Free. Music by English born composers includes Malcolm Lipkin's Sinfonia di Roma. .Vorth ( 'ountrv Sketches by Delius and Fantasia 1 ' by Edward Harper.
I Lothian Region Strathspey and Reel Society ()ueen's l Iall. Clerk Street.(i(its’ 201‘). 7.30pm. £1 (50p). Scottish tradtional fiddle music and country dancing performed by young people from the region.
I Piano Recital Reid Concert 1 lall. Bristo Square. Tickets: (m7 101 1 ext 4577. 8pm. £3.50(£2.50). Denis Matthewsplays music by Mozart ( K332). Beethoven ( ()p 13). Chopin and Debussy in the final concert of Edinburgh L'niversity's summer series.
I Organ Recital Church of St Andrew and St George. George Street. 12.30pm—1.00pm. Lunch and listen to DennisTownhill normally to be found at the organ of St Mary's Cathedral. Weekly summer series by visitingorganists.
I 3N0 Proms Kelvin Hall. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre). 7.30pm. £2.70—£9.90(series discountsavailable). Glasgow Proms open with Dvorak‘s Carnival ()verture. the same composer's Te Deum and Beethoven's Choral
Symphony. Christopher Seaman conducts.
I 8N0 Proms Kelvin Hall. Tickets: 227 551 I (Ticket Centre). 7.30pm. £2.70-£‘).‘)0 (series discountsavailable). Christopher Seaman is back again at the Kelvin Hall tonight for Mendelssohn's Hebrides. Bizet 's l. 'A rlesienne Suite. Bruch's Violin Concerto and 'I‘chaikovsky's Symphony No 4 as a taste of what's to come in the Tchaik night on Tue.
I Oueen’s Hall Open Day Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. Free. 10am—5pm. Friends of the Queen‘s 1 fall present music. stalls. side shows and refreshments. All welcome.
I Edinburgh Ouartet St Bernard's Church. Stockbridge. Tickets at door. 7.30pm. £3.50(£1.50). Three new prize-winning quartets plus Ronald Duncan's ‘Suite of Gaelic Melodies‘ and ‘National Dances' byJ.B. McEwan. Presented by Edinburgh Society of Musicians.
I Lamp oi Lothian Concert Canongate Kirk. Canongate. Tickets: 228 I 155 (Usher 1 lall) or 062 082 3738 ( l laddington House). 8pm. Extra date: Sun 1‘).
Haddington. £4 (£2.50 £1 ). Jusra Song at Twilight. a Victorian evening ofmusic and words.
I Scottish Chamber Choir St Mary's Cathedral. Palmerston Place. Tickets: 668 2019 (Queen's l lall) or 2281155(l7sher Hall). Rpm. £3.50 (£2.50). Bach'sCantata No 131 and the 'I‘heresa Mass by Haydn conducted by Colin Tipple.
I Strathclyde Schools Symphony Orchestra City Hall. Candleriggs. 227 5511.7.30pm. £1. John Lubbock conducts one of Britain's leading youth orchestras in Tchaikovsky‘s 4th Symphony. Barber's Adagio and Britten's Young Persons (iuiile to the Orchestra.
I Fete de la Musique French Institute. 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5360. Noon—midnight. £4 (members £3); children free. A day of music including pipes. guitar. string quartets. jazz. singing etc. with buffet and wine bar.
I Summer Sym-tunnies with the SCO Ross Theatre. Princes Street Gardens. 3pm. £3 (£2). introduction to classical music with conductor Richard Buckley. lllL‘lllLICs excerpts from Mozart's I)on (iiovannias used in rt"1(l(l(’ll.\‘. Handel's ll'alerJlusie and Prokofiev's Classical Symphony.
I St Giles' at Six St Giles' Cathedral. High Street. Free at door. (ipm. The Bandof Balwearie 11iin School in Kirkcaldygive the penultimate concert in St (iiles' (i o'clock Sun series.
I Edinburgh Academy Choral Society and Choir I'sher l lall. Lothian Road. Tickets: at door. 7.30pm. £3 £4 (£2 £3). Annual summer concert features Carmina Burana conducted by Noel de Jongh and Bernstein‘s ( ‘hii'hester l’salms conducted by John Moore. Soloists include Ivor Klayman and liric lbler.
I Lamp oi Lothian Concert St Mary K. Haddington. Tickets: 228 1 155 ( I'sher Hall) or0(i2 082 3738(Haddington House). 8pm. £4 (£2.50 £1 ). See Sat Ib'for full description.
TUESDAY 21 Glasgow
I 3N0 Proms Kelvin Hall. Tickets: 227 551 1 (Ticket Centre). 7.30pm. £2.70—£‘).50. Tchaikovsky Night tonight. All block-buster stuff ~ Romeo anilJuliet. 1st Piano Concerto. I'AHlIlCl’SCll (la Rimini and. to finish. the 1812.
I La Boheme Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. 7.15pm. lixtra date: Sat 25. £3- £15. Scottish ()pera's week in Edinburgh opens with a new production of Puccini‘s favourite. See review.
I Ecossaise llutcheson‘s 1 tall. Ingram Street. Tickets: 227 551 1 (Ticket Centre). 12.45pm. £2 (£1 ). Mix ofclassical and modern music by new group which includes Edward McGuire (flute). James Durrant (viola). Dawn Durrant (recorder) and Philip Thorne (guitar). Well worth going to see the building. recently restored by the National Trust for Scotland. as well as to hear the music.
I 3N0 Proms Kelvin Hall. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre). 7.30pm. £2.70—£9.50 (series discountsavailable). More popular symphonic music —- Kodaly's Dances of(ialanta. the Piano Concerto No 2 by Rachmaninov. known to millions through the film Brief Encounter. and Sibelius' Symphony No 1.
I COSi tan tutte Playhouse Theatre.
26 The List 10— 23 June 1988