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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