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12ILYA GRINGOLTS AND MAR­I­ANNA SHIRINYAN CREAR CON­CERT HALL, KIL­BERRY, BY TAR­BERT, AR­GYLL,TO­MOR­ROW 3PM Of course it might ap­pear dread­fully sex­ist to sug­gest that what young Ar­me­nian pi­anist Mar­i­anna Shirinyan will be wear­ing for her recital with dy­namic vi­o­lin­ist Ilya Gringolts is of any in­ter­est at all. But let’s hope she does the fid­dler jus­tice, be­cause the last time Gringolts ap­peared in a duo con­text in Scot­land it was along­side Alek­sander Madzar at the St Mag­nus Fes­ti­val in Orkney. Madzar had to be brought from the main­land by a mem­ber of Orkney Fly­ing Club af­ter trans­port dif­fi­cul­ties left him stranded in Aberdeen without his lug­gage and his con­cert cos­tum­ing. That pro­gramme in­cluded a new sin­gle­move­ment Vi­o­lin Sonata by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, which is hav­ing an­other per­for­mance here in a pro­gramme that also in­cludes Schu­bert and Szy­manowski. Gringolts is a fan­tas­ti­cally ver­sa­tile per­former, who has also ap­peared at the RSAMD in Glasgow play­ing Bach, Be­rio and Pa­ganini solo. Back in 2004 he made his St Mag­nus de­but, again with Madzar, with a pro­gramme that in­cluded a sen­sa­tional ac­count of Schu­mann’s D Mi­nor sonata. The fur­ther good news is that he will be play­ing Schu­man’s rarely heard vi­o­lin con­certo in the forth­com­ing Scot­tish Cham­ber Or­ches­tra sea­son. MAN­I­FESTO TRON, GLASGOW, TO­MOR­ROW 8PM You give Andy Arnold a the­atre to run and this is the sort of thing that hap­pens. He ropes in per­former Tam Dean Burn to re­vi­talise a po­lit­i­cal cabaret that ran at the old Tra­verse in the Grass­mar­ket and be­fore you know where you are there is a whole mess of per­for­mance, mu­sic and mouthy rhetoric hap­pen­ing all over the Sab­bath. Ac­tu­ally, as well as bring­ing his di­rec­to­rial tal­ents to the stage, this is the sort of thing most right-think­ing folks hoped Arnold would foster in the Mer­chant City. Many moons ago, af­ter its Lot­tery-funded re­fur­bish­ment, the Tron styled it­self an “en­ter­tain­ment com­plex” and was rightly ridiculed for its pre­ten­sion. At the Arches, Arnold was in charge of an amor­phous mu­sic, the­atre, art, dance and club­bing venue which could rea­son­ably have been termed just that, but of course never was. Breadth to the scope of the Tron is one of the things Arnold brings. This week, TDB hosts an evening that in­cludes the McCluskey Broth­ers, The Low Miffs, Pauline Gold­smith, all of whom we know, and the Glasgow Glam Bangers and Mis­placed Mind, whom we don’t. Be as­sured there will be a mes­sage in amidst the mad­ness.

3A CON­CERT, A COCK­TAIL, AND A CANAPE ORAN MOR,GLASGOW, MON­DAY 6.15PM Ear­lier in the day, a new sea­son of A Play, A Pie and A Pint will have got un­der­way with Ian Pat­ti­son’s Mums and Lovers, but you’ve got all week to catch that at lunchtime. There is but one op­por­tu­nity to hear the Scot­tish Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra give the open­ing per­for­mance of its new sea­son, one which also em­braces per­for­mances by the Na­tional Youth Choir of Scot­land’s West Loth­ian choir, di­rected by Gra­ham Boyce, fresh from their tri­umph at the Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Youth Fes­ti­val; the strings of the Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tra of Scot­land; the re­turn of the Royal Scot­tish Academy Brass; an all-fe­male cham­ber choir from the academy called Les Sirenes; and harp and flute duo Hoot, the lat­est sign­ings to the En­ter­prise Mu­sic Scot­land res­i­dency project. For week one, the Scot­tish Phil, un­der Peter Cyn­fryn Jones, be­gin gen­tly with Vaughan Wil­liams’ Fan­tasy on Greensleeves and con­clude more brashly with the Bachi­anas Brasileiras of Villa-Lo­bos. In be­tween, leader Justine Watts is the soloist on Vi­valdi’s pere­nially pop­u­lar Four Sea­sons.

4CLARE AND THE REA­SONS FAT SAM’S, DUNDEE, TO­MOR­ROW 8PM;KING TUT’S WAH WAH HUT, GLASGOW,TUES­DAY 8PM Hav­ing graced The Edge fes­ti­val in Ed­in­burgh last week (where she was deemed “a true orig­i­nal” by Her­ald critic Shona Craven, who was en­tranced her pil­lar-box red knee warm­ers), and

play­ing the Hy­dro Con­nect fes­ti­val in In­ver­aray this very day (with gigs in Aberdeen, In­ver­ness and Fort William in be­tween), Ge­off Mul­daur’s daugh­ter brings her jus­ti­fi­ca­tions to Dundee and Glasgow this week. Clare Mul­daur Man­chon met her hus­band Olivier Man­chon at the pres­ti­gious Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic in Bos­ton and their seven-piece combo in­cludes oth­ers with con­nec­tions to that au­gust es­tab­lish­ment. The Brook­lyn girl’s as­so­ci­ates also in­clude Van Dyke Parks and Suf­jan Stevens, both of whom guest on the band’s de­but al­bum The Movie, and The In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per said that the band “make a sound which is as episodic as Beach Boys circa Smile”, what­ever that means. More help­fully, Ms Craven sugggested they are “prob­a­bly too ec­cen­tric to achieve global dom­i­na­tion”, which sounds very much like “well worth a lis­ten”.

56CLASS EN­EMY MACROBERT, STIR­LING, TUES­DAY 7.30PM; CUM­BER­NAULD THE­ATRE, THURS­DAY 8PM Even read­ers of our Sun­day sis­ter, whose drama critic gave this show a com­pre­hen­sive drub­bing, should seize the chance to catch a piece of the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val when it takes the trou­ble to travel to their doorstep. East West The­atre Com­pany have re-imag­ined Nigel Wil­liams’s late 1970s class­room-set po­lit­i­cal drama in con­tem­po­rary Sara­jevo and per­form it in Bos­nian, with English su­per­ti­tles. Youth trib­al­ism means some­thing much more when trans­ported into the war-torn re­gions of the for­mer Yu­goslavia, and the bul­ly­ing and sta­tusseek­ing of the young peo­ple are po­tent me­taphors for the di­vi­sions be­tween the forces there. Our own the­atre-man, Neil Cooper, found rather more to like. SCOT­TISH CHAM­BER OR­CHES­TRA MOTHER­WELL CON­CERT HALL, WED­NES­DAY; FALKIRK TOWN HALL, THURS­DAY; PAIS­LEY TOWN HALL, FRI­DAY, ALL 7.30PM To­mor­row, the SCO will be play­ing dance mu­sic for the fire­works in Princes Street Gar­dens (hav­ing al­ready shared the Usher Hall stage with pi­anist Al­fred Bren­del, con­duc­tors Oliver Knussen and Sir Charles Mack­er­ras, and played in the pit for Ge­or­gia State Bal­let’s Giselle this Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val). A week to­day they’ll be play­ing in Carnegie Hall, Dun­fermline. This Cen­tral Scot­land tour of Au­tumn Clas­sics is with a pro­gramme that will ap­peal to just about any­one. Sec­tion prin­ci­pal Max­i­m­il­iano Martin is the soloist in Mozart’s Clar­inet Con­certo, the slow move­ment of which is one of the best known pieces of clas­si­cal mu­sic and still a very lovely thing. It is a task Martin has tack­led fre­quently and he is su­perb at it. The con­cert con­cludes with Beethoven’s 8th Sym­phony, which may not be one of his most fa­mous, but that’s all rel­a­tive and it is packed full of good tunes and dy­namic en­ergy. The opener is Haydn’s “Mir­a­cle” Sym­phony No96, a zippy lyri­cal num­ber, whose ti­tle de­rives from an in­ci­dent where a fall­ing chan­de­lier failed to hurt any­one in the au­di­ence. The or­ches­tra was ac­tu­ally play­ing a dif­fer­ent piece by Haydn at the time, but who cares?

Clock­wise­from­main:Clare­andtheRea­sons play Dundee and Glasgow; SCO soloist Max­i­m­il­iano Martin; Ar­me­nian pi­anist Mar­i­anna Shirinyan; and Tam Burn Dean

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