Music Classical

I Opera Scenes RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.15pm. £12 (£8). See Thu 11.

I Glasgow Chamber Orchestra Sherbrooke St Gilbert‘s Church. Nithsdale Road. Pollokshields. 7.30pm. £10 (£7). Peter Cynfryn Jones conducts a concert of American favourites. Tony Moffat takes on Barber's Violin

C oneerto. whose third movement was described as ‘unplayable‘. Also featuring Copland‘s Billy the Kid. Gershwin's Cuban Overture and the popular An American in Paris.

FREE Organ Recital Glasgow University Memorial Chapel. The Square. off University Avenue. 7.30pm. The civic organist of San Diego. Carol Williams. gives a recital. Part of the West 15nd festival.

I Plano Festival: Mendelssohn Rediscovered RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £5. A performance of songs by Mendelssohn: some well known. some only recently discovered. and three of which were written when the composer was barely into double digits.

I Praise Gathering Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £14 (£10). See Fri 12.

I Verdi: Aida King's Theatre. 297 Bath Street, 0870 060 6648. 7.30pm. £13.50—£39. See Fri 12.

Edinburgh . Calton Consort: Salm an

Fhearalnn (Tanongate Kirk. 153 Canongate. 7.30pm. £8 (£6). Jason Orringe conducts James MacMillan's Christus i'ineit and 'I’remunt videntes angeli together with works by fellow Scottish composers Robert Carver and William Sweeney. followed by Julian Anderson's Four American C/toruses. I New Edinburgh Orchestra Nicolson Square Methodist Church. 25 Nicolson Square. 668 2019. 7.30pm. £8 (£1—£5). Tim Paxton conducts a varied concert featuring Gounod‘s .S'ymplzony No I and NE() commission. Jennifer Martin‘s Seeing .S‘ounds. Kirsty ()rton joins the orchestra for Prokofiev‘s Violin Concerto No 2. followed by a romantic finale with Brahms‘ .S'ympltony No 3. I Organ Recital: Jeremy Cull Reid Memorial Church. 182 West Saville Terrace. 662 1203. 7.30pm. £6. The organist celebrates music from across the pond with a programme including John Knowles Paine's Star .S'pangled Banner Variations and Andres Laprida's latin- inspired l-‘lorinda.

Glasgow FREE Colloquium on the Anatomy of Listening University of Glasgow (Sir Charles Wilson Building). 1 University Avenue. 10am-1pm. See Sat 13.

I Plano Festival: Coffee Concert RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. l 1.30am. £9 (£6). The final concert of the RSAMD's Piano Festival features the world premieres of works by Vera Stanojevic and Rory Boyle (the latter composed for a stage-shaking sixteen pianists at eight pianos). as well as Bartok‘s energetic Sonata for Two Pianos and P'rr‘usst'on. Performed by Jonathan Plowright. Fali Pavri and Aaron Shorr.

FREE New Music for Voice and Piano RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 2.30pm. A programme of works for voice and piano. compiled by RSAMI) composition students.

F‘REE Kelvingrove Sunday Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Argyle Street. 276 9599. 3pm. Sunday promenade concerts with different organists.

I Mendelssohn Organ Works St Bride‘s Church. 69 Hyndland Road. 3pm. £6 (£4). David Hamilton performs Mendelssohn‘s six sonatas and three preludes and fugues. Part of the West End Festival.

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REVEEW OPERA SCOTTISH OPERA: COSI FAN TUTTI Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sat 2 May oooo

For their keenly anticipated summer week in Edinburgh, Scottish Opera bring a choice of two operas - Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Jules Massenet’s Manon. Neither will disappoint. Both have been deservedly well received by public and press from their earlier Glasgow performances. While Manon, never tackled by Scottish Opera before now, needs a cast of thousands, including chorus, huge orchestra and corps de ballet, Cosi relies on its six soloists to bring the brilliance of Mozart’s famous score to life.

With world-renowned Scottish soprano Marie McLaughlin singing the role of Despina - the maid to the two sisters who are put to the faithfulness test by their boyfriends - it is testimony to the abilities of the young singers on stage that she doesn’t upstage them. There is not one weak link in the quartet of lovers, while Peter Savidge as the manipulating Don Alfonso also puts in a strong performance. Designer Yannis Thavoris brings beautiful sun-kissed light to the overall look of this Cosi, which is, in turn, reflected in the lightness of conductor Tobias Ringborg’s treatment of the score. Recitatives trip off tongues as naturally as if talking to a friend in the street and ensembles zip along, balance always intact. On stage too, there is lots of fleeting movement in David Mthcar’s typically deft, yet warmly human, production. Cosi may be well over three hours long, but it doesn’t feel like it in this production which hits the mark in sustaining an opera where there is no real storyline as such to keep things moving. (Carol Main)

I Cosi fan tutte, Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Fri 79, Sun 27, Thu 25 8 Sat 27; Cosi fan tutte Unwrapped, Thu 78 Jun. Manon, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sat 20, Wed 24 <3 Fri 26 Jun; Manon Unwrapped. Tue 23 Jun.

FREE Piano Recital Glasgow University Concert Hall. L'niversity


Avenue. 330 4092. 3pm. Concert pianist Martin Jones gives a recital. Part of the I Music on Mondays RSAMD. 100 New Glasgow I'Iurmnnies I‘estival. Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. £5. First

I Glasgow Lyric Choir llyndland Parish Church. 79 81 Hyndland Road. 6.30pm. £10 (£8). Steve Birch conducts a concert of sacred works by lilgar. Britten. Kodaly and Liszt. Part oft/2e ll'est [ind l-estival.

I Praise Gathering Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchichall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £14 (£10). See Fri 12.

I Sounds of Summer Glasgow University Memorial Chapel. The Square. off University Avenue. 7.30pm. £10 (£7). The [Tniversity of Glasgow Chapel Choir performs works by British and Irish composers. including Stanford‘s The Bluebird. Ireland's The Hills and works by Vaughan Williams and James MacMillan.


I St Giles’ at Six St Giles' Cathedral. Royal Mile. 226 0673. 6pm. Retiring collection. Donald Halliday directs The Singers in a performance of works by Byrd. Purcell and Mendelssohn.

FREE Under Junction Bridge - Festival Finale L'nder Junction Bridge. Junction Bridge. Great Junction Street. 1.eith. 9 1 1pm. A chilled out finale to another all-singing. all-dancing 1.eith Festival. Bring a bottle and a blanket as the Heritage linsemble returns to perform a sunset concert of classical music and classic film soundtracks. Part of the Left/t I-estival.

trumpet with Scottish Ballet. Sandy McGrattan. joins musicians from the RSAMI) for an exploration of early music written for brass instruments.

I The Priests SliCC: (‘lyde Auditorium. Finnieston Quay. 0870040 4000. 7.30pm. £30- £40. Christian song from this trio of talented priests. Not quite as cheesily tedious as most of the classical crossover artists out there.

Glasgow fig Daniel Harding with the

a: Staatskapelle Dresden Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £15~£28 (concessions available). A protege of Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. linglish conductor Daniel Harding has an impressive musical lineage. Here he conducts one of the world's oldest orchestras in an all- Schumann programme including ()rerture to (lenovet'a and his .S'ympltony No 2. The taxing Violin Concerto in 1) minor will exhibit the considerable talents of guest soloist Renaud Capucon. F? 515: Wondrous Love Glasgow l'niversity Memorial Chapel. The Square. off lfniversity Avenue. 7.30pm. ()rganist Kevin Bowyer joins (‘athures. Muldoon‘s Picnic and Shapenote Scotland for an unusual concert of early American folk music. Part of the W is! [ind I-estival.


I Get Organised! St (‘uthbert‘s Church. 5 Lothian Road. 229 1142. 1.10pm. £3. lidinburgh City ()rganist John Kitchen continues his regular recitals.

I Organ Recital: Simon Nieminski St Mary's RC Cathedral. Broughton Street. 8pm. Retiring collection. linjoy your favourite organ works as Simon Nieminski gives a concert whose programme will be decided by the audience.


I Choral Music for a Summer’s Evening St Bride‘s Church. 69 Hyndland Road. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). David Hamilton conducts the choir at St Mary‘s lipiscopal Church in Hamilton in a performance of music by Poulenc and Mendelssohn. l’art oft/1e West [and I'estival.


I Lunchtime Concert St (iiles‘ Cathedral. Royal Mile. 226 ()673. 12.15pm. Retiring collection. Peter Backhouse performs organ works with connections to lidinburgh's ()ld Town. Part oftlte ()ld 'Iown I'estival.

Glasgow I Westbourne Music Merchant‘s Hall. 7 West George Street. 0771 1 559652. 12.45pm. £7 (£3—£6). The Dewar linsemble performs Strauss’ mischievous tone poem 'Ii'l liulenspieeel and Beethoven's .S'eptet.

FREE 880 550: Listen Here!

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra City Halls. Candleriggs. 353 8000. 7.30pm. Ticketed. The first in a weekend of free concerts from the fantastic BBC SSO. Tecwyn livans conducts a varied concert of orchestral works for classical music virgins and seasoned concert—goers alike. featuring Britten's educational work of the same name. along with favourites by Mendelssohn. Haydn. Handel and Berlioz. Max four tickets per application. FREE Madrigirls Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church. 23 Saltoun Street. 8pm. The all-female choir presents a programme of medieval motcts. folk songs and contemporary works in a showcase of works from their upcoming Cl). I’m“! tiff/1e Wes! [ind I'i’s‘llt'ul.


I Lunchtime Tunes St (iiles‘ Cathedral. Royal Mile. 225 9442. 12.15pm. Retiring collection. Pieces from Norman Mackay’s album The I’m/eel Squeeze and other compositions from three Edinburgh-based musicians: Will Pickvance (piano). Norman Mackay (accordion) and Poppy Ackroyd (violin). I’ar! oft/1e ()ld 'liiwn I'estival.

FREE Scottish Opera: Cosi fan tutte Unwrapped Festival Theatre. 13/29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. 6pm. If the thought of sitting through a full- length opera fills you with trepidation. or if you're a seasoned opera-goer with an interest in what happens backstage. this hour-long taster is a perfect introduction to the workings behind the scenes and an introduction to the principal characters and plot.


I Friday Lunchtime Concert RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. £9 (£6). Mattin Gibson. the RS.\'()‘s Principal Timpani. leads the RSAMD's percussion department. FREE Organ Recital: Kevin Bowyer Glasgow [Tniversity Memorial Chapel. The Square. off University Avenue. 6pm. The organist performs works by John Zorn. lain Matheson. Gabriel Iirkoreka and Chris Dench.