Perth ■ Lunchtime Concert: Karen Geoghehan Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 1pm. £6.50–£7.50. Bassoonist Karen Geoghegan has appeared on the BBC’s Classical Star and as a concerto soloist at the Proms. Here she performs a selection of works including Saint Saens’ Bassoon Sonata. Tuesday 9
Glasgow ■ Glistening Grime Ramshorn Theatre, 98 Ingram Street, 548 2558. 1.15–2pm. £4. The flute and harp duo, Hoot, in a programme including pieces by Piazzolla and Debussy and the 2010 EMS commission by young composer Helen Grime. ■ Scottish Opera: Carmen Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, 276 9696. 7.30pm. £10 (£5.) Scottish Opera presents Bizet’s seductive opera, moved forward over a century to the 1960s, when Spain languished under Franco’s authoritarian regime. In this production by director Ashley Dean, the tale of the soldier Don José’s obsession with fiery beauty Carmen is presented with piano accompaniment. Edinburgh FREE Roxburgh Quartet Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 1.10pm. A lunchtime performance of Purcell’s Pavanne and Chaconne and Mozart’s String Quartet in C (‘Dissonance’). ✽✽ Hebrides Ensemble The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.45pm. £14 (£7). See Fri 5.
Glasgow FREE Edinburgh Quartet: William Sweeney 60th Birthday Concert Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 7pm. The Edinburgh Quartet marks the composer’s 60th earlier this year with a performance of his second and third quartets. Edinburgh ✽✽ Ludovico Einaudi The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8pm. £20–£25. Meditative pseudo- minimalism from the phenomenally successful Italian composer and pianist. He returns to his roots as a solo pianist with highlights from throughout his career including works from his albums, I Giorni and Le Onde.
Perth ■ A Life in Eight Chapters – Late Beethoven Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 7.30pm. £10–£20. In many ways the piano sonata is synonymous with Beethoven – they span his entire career from his early classical- influenced works to the intense, personal works of his later life, and over this time he transformed the genre. Llyr Williams continues his journey with sonatas 22–26.
Edinburgh ■ The Boyan Ensemble of Kiev Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, 473 2000. 7.30–9.30pm. £18 (£8–£17). The acclaimed Ukrainian choir brings a heady mix of Eastern Orthodox chants and Ukrainian folksong to Britain. Twins Yuriy and Volodymyr Kuratch conduct. Kirkcaldy ■ Fife Opera Adam Smith Theatre, Arts and Theatres Trust Fife Ltd, Bennochy Road, 01592 583302. 7.15pm. £13 (£11; children £7). Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Peebles ■ Michael Collins with Michael McHale Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. 7.30pm. £12 (under £16s free). Clarinettist Michael Collins plays a varied repertoire including Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in E Flat Major Op 120 no 2, Dance Preludes by Lutoslawski and Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, accompanied by pianist Michael McHale.
Glasgow ■ Friday Lunchtime Concert Series RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5027. 1pm. £10 (£7). With performers from the Keyboard and Collaborative Piano Department. ■ RSAMD Symphony Orchestra RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5027. 7.30pm. £11 (£8). Christian Kluxen, newly-appointed Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, wields the baton for this programme featuring the music of Strauss, Schumann and Nielsen.
Edinburgh FREE Jessica Beeston and Andrew Johnston Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 1.10pm. See Thu 11. ■ Music for Remembrance: Howells and Brahms Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, 7.30pm. £10 (£7). Intricate and powerful meditative works from Howells: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, A German Requiem by Brahms (in the composer’s piano duet version) and William Byrd’s gentle Ne Irascaris Domine. ■ RSNO: Fantastique! Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £10–£32 (concessions available). The RSNO is joined by Frank Peter Zimmermann, one of the world’s leading violinists, for Szymanowski’s passionate Violin Concerto No 2, and Berlioz’ seminal Symphonie Fantastique provides a big finale. The trippy, supernatural tale of an opium-addled, lovesick composer’s tortured dreams, this work is Romantic melodrama at its best. Kirkcaldy ■ Fife Opera Adam Smith Theatre, Arts and Theatres Trust Fife Ltd, Bennochy Road, 01592 583302. 7.15pm. £13 (£11; children £7). See Thu 11.
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Glasgow ■ Westbourne Music Merchants House, 7 West George Street, 649 5347. 12.45pm. £7 (£3/£6). A concert to highlight the Primrose Piano Quartet’s approach to commissioning new music includes the world premiere of Variations on an Air by Burns by Tom Wilson. FREE Jessica Beeston and Andrew Johnston Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 1.10pm. The viola and piano combo play Schumann’s Märchenbilder Op. 113, Hans Gal’s Suite for Viola and Piano and Hummel’s Fantasy for Viola and Piano. Glasgow ■ Music for Remembrance: Howells and Brahms St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 353––355 Kilmarnock Road, Newlands, 423 7446. 7.30pm. £10 (£7). See Fri 12. ■ RSNO: Fantastique! Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10–£32 (concessions available). See Fri 12. ■ Strathclyde University Chamber Choir: Durufle’s Requiem Hyndland Parish Church, 79–81 Hyndland Road, 334 1002. 8pm. £9 (£5–£7). On the eve of Remembrance Sunday, Strathclyde University Chamber Choir is joined by organist David Hamilton, mezzo soprano
Beth Mackay, baritone James Birchall and cellist and Mark Bailey for a performance of Maurice Durufle’s Requiem Op 9 alongside other 20th- century works. Edinburgh ■ Autumn Notes Classical Concert Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, 556 3515. 11.30am. £5 (£4). An hour of music at Canongate Kirk featuring a soprano solo performance, classical guitar and piano and harp works. ■ The Met: Live in HD Cameo Cinema, 38 Home Street, 0871 704 2052. 6pm. £25 (£19.50/£21.50). Opera in close up on the big screen, live from the Met in New York, turns to Donizetti’s comic opera, Don Pasquale, with soprano Anna Netrebko returning to the role that made her a Met star. James Levine conducts. FREE Edinburgh Studio Opera Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 7.30pm. An evening of favourite operatic arias with ESO soloists and musicians. ■ Meadows Chamber Orchestra Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 225 1900. 7.45pm. £11 (£9; students £5; children £1.) A selection of works centred around the theme of ‘Man and Nature’, conducted by David Watkin. The programme features Haydn’s Symphony No 8 in G (Le Soir), Messiaen’s L’Abime des Oiseaux, Beethoven’s glorious Pastoral Symphony (No. 6 in F) and Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in D together with somewhat unseasonally, his ‘Spring’ from the Four Seasons. ■ Scottish Chamber Choir St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 226 0673. 8pm. £10 (£5 students; under 18s free). The Scottish chamber choir performs a selection of French classics under the guidance of director
Roderick Bryce. Fauré’s Requiem, Messe Solennelle by Vierne, Duruflé Quatre Motets and Poulenc’s Litanies à la Vierge noir.
Glasgow FREE Portrait of the Composer: James Dillon – Nine Rivers City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 1.30pm. One of Scotland’s top composers, James Dillon has nonetheless remained on the fringes of the UK music scene. The BBC SSO marks the composer’s 60th birthday with a performance of Nine Rivers, an ambitiously large-scale collection of nine works scored for different instrumental forces. Max two tickets per application. FREE Kelvingrove Sunday Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 3–3.45pm. See Sun 7. ■ Glasgow Sinfonia RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £10 (£6/£8). A must for Mahler lovers with his deeply moving Kindertotenlieder – mezzo soloist Louise Innes – paired alongside the Symphony No 4 and highlighting the common link of childhood.
Edinburgh FREE St Giles’ at Six St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 226 0673. 6pm. Napier University’s chamber choir and orchestra perform Kodaly’s Missa Brevis, Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D and Sibelius’ Andante Festivo. Dunfermline ■ Julian Lloyd Webber: Travels with my Cello Carnegie Hall, East Port, 01383 602302. 7.30pm. £22.50. The cellist plays a selection of his favourites accompanied by pianist Pam Chowhan.
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