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Thursday 15 Glasgow La rondine by Puccini Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew St, 332 5057. 7.15pm. £16.50–£22.50. Benjamin Davis directs Puccini’s seldom-seen tale of love and infidelity. BBC SSO: Closing Night – Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £11–£24. Andrew Manze conducts Vaughan Williams plus Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1, featuring Steven Osborne; guest soloists include Elizabeth Watts and Mark Stone plus the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
Edinburgh FREE The Agnew McAllister Duo Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, 624 6200. 6–6.30pm. Works for flute and guitar. Scottish Opera: Madama Butterfly Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson St, 529 6000. 7.15pm. £10–£78. Puccini’s tale of a Japanese girl betrayed. Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Anderszewski Plays Mozart The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk St, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £10–£30 (£5–£28; under 16s free). Piotr Anderszewski (piano) directs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 12 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and Alexander Janiczek (violin) takes over for works by Mendelssohn.
Friday 16 Glasgow Brilliant Bousfield Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew St, 332 5057. 1pm. £11 (£8.50). Trombone recital. Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Anderszewski Plays Mozart City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm.
£14–£28. See Thu 15. Edinburgh RSNO: Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £11.50–£36 (students & under 26s £5; under 16s free). Shostakovich’s Symphony No 10 and Jazz Suite No 2, preceded by Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Terrence Wilson is the piano soloist and Lawrence Renes conducts.
Glasgow Gina Baker Renfield St Stephen’s Church, 260 Bath St, 332 2826. 1–2pm. Free with retiring offering. Solo piano works by Brahms and Debussy. Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society Glasgow Cathedral, Castle St, 552 8198. 7.30–9pm. £14 (£10). James Slimings conducts Monteverdi’s Vespers. RSNO: Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall St, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £11.50–£35 (students & under 26s £5; under 16s free). See Fri 16. Edinburgh A Day of Mozart St Mary’s Cathedral, 23 Palmerston Place, 225 6293. 9am– 9pm. £10. Charity concert for Christian Aid. Refreshments available. Scottish Opera: Madama Butterfly Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson St, 529 6000. 7.15pm. £10–£78. See Thu 15. Free pre-show talk 6pm; booking essential. Loud and Proud Stockbridge Parish Church, 7b Saxe Coburg St, 332 0122. 8pm. £10 (£7). Edinburgh’s LGBT choir welcomes special guests Common Voices, all the way from Cape Cod USA.
Sunday 18 Glasgow City of Glasgow Chorus City
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Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £12–£18 (students £7). Verdi’s Requiem, with guest soloists and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Graham Taylor conducts. Glasgow Orchestral Society Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew St, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £10 (students & unwaged £5). Eric Dunlea conducts Rossini, Beethoven and Sibelius. Edinburgh FREE Ghosts in the Gallery Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, 624 6200. 3pm. Lieder and art songs from WWI. BBC Young Musician 2014: The Final Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, 228 1155. 4pm. £15–£20 (£7.50–£15). Three young musicians perform concerti of their choice, in this competition featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits.
Glasgow Crowther’s Oboe Days Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew St, 332 5057. 1pm. £9.50 (£7.50). Showcase for oboe students, led by Stephen West.
Tuesday 20 Edinburgh FREE Edinburgh University Final Year BMus Recitals Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh, Bristo Square, 651 4336. Times tbc. Final year music students show their skills. Eleanor Hubbard, Eric Thomas and Jamie Reid-Baxter Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, 220 1232. 6pm. £5. Songs by 17th century poet Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross, with Scottish lute music of the period.
CHAMBER FESTIVAL COTTIER CHAMBER PROJECT Various venues, Glasgow, Fri 6–Fri 20 Jun Famine is hardly a word associated with chamber music in Scotland at the moment, but it is very definitely feast time in Glasgow this month. The Cottier Chamber Project, now in its fourth year, presents no less than 43 events over a fortnight, with a separate and new Cottier Dance Project having its own week of activity once the music programme stops. An initiative of horn player Andy Saunders, whose own ensemble Daniel’s Beard shares opening night with Mr McFall’s Chamber (pictured), the project is, allegedly, the UK’s largest chamber music festival. ‘We like to keeps things fresh,’ says Saunders, ‘and there is always something slightly different. This year, we are looking at the theme of identity.’ How this manifests itself in a long list of concerts is through music by composers whose national, religious or cultural identity played a defining role in their creativity. ‘For instance,’ says Saunders, ‘we have a lunchtime series of free Bach concerts, with the six cello suites and the violin partitas. Across ten lunchtime performances, it will be interesting to see how seven completely different players approach the same composer’s work for solo strings.’ Shostakovich is another composer with special emphasis. In the Currie and Quirk (they are Glasgow opticians who took a fancy to Dmitri’s trademark heavy-rimmed glasses) Shostakovich Series, five different ensembles launch a three-year cycle of all 15 of his string quartets. As part of the sponsorship deal, anyone with their own Dmitri Eyes will be eligible for free entry to concerts in the series. ‘Overall’, says Saunders, ‘there is a huge amount of variety. People can choose their own programme, whether they know what they like or are up for taking a few risks.’ (Carol Main) ■ See cottierchamberproject.com.
Sunday 25 May | 3pm MOSCOW PHILHARMONIC Tchaikovsky | Shostakovich | Rachmaninov Yuri Simonov conductor Natalie Clein cello
Wednesday 4 June | 7.30pm LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Beethoven Overture Prometheus Triple Concerto | ‘Eroica’ Leonidas Kavakos conductor/violin Tim Hugh cello | Enrico Pace piano
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