November 2016

Scottish Opera  -  Marriage of Figaro  -+-  At One With Music  -+-  Donald Maxwell

Duo B!z’art  -+- Highland DFAS  -+-  Kosmos Ensemble  -+-  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Music at The Old High  -+-  The Osprey Music Society  -+-  Inverness Choral Society

Music Nairn  -+-  Highland Hospitals Annual Carol Concert  -+-  Covent Garden Screenings

 

Now that the early evenings have begun, the first few weeks of November provide the ideal opportunity to go out and enjoy some superb events before we enter into the maelstrom of Christmas.  Have a read through my selection and please support the artists involved by going to some of the list rather than relying on your favourite chair at the fireside and the TV to provide your entertainment.  The thrill of a top class live performance is something special on its own.  Just ask anyone who was enthralled last Friday as Robin Michael gave a breath-taking rendition of Bach’s Cycle of Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello.

 

 

Scottish Opera - The Marriage of Figaro

SCOTTISH OPERA

MOZART’S THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

EMPIRE THEATRE, EDEN COURT

1, 3 and 5 NOVEMBER at 7.15pm

Once charming, Count Almaviva has become a scheming bully who spends his days pestering the serving girls. Figaro, his head of staff, is engaged to Susanna, but Almaviva has a particular soft spot for her and is doing everything he can to delay their wedding. Figaro, Susanna and Rosina, the Count’s disillusioned wife, conspire to expose his schemes but then Figaro’s old foe Dr Bartolo turns up. And he has a revelation of his own to tell…

Scottish Opera’s five-star production of Mozart’s irresistible masterpiece is directed by the great British baritone, Sir Thomas Allen, and is full of humour, subtlety and wit. Mozart’s bubbling, energetic score shows him at his theatrical best – with a true genius for getting to the heart of the drama, and each character. The gorgeous period designs provide the backdrop for a comedy of social revolution and change that is as relevant today as ever.

The Marriage of Figaro is the second part of Beaumarchais’s Figaro Trilogy, following on from The Barber of Seville which was Sir Thomas Allen’s debut production with Scottish Opera.  The third part, The Guilty Mother, is as full of plots and sub-plots as the first two parts of the trilogy.  Although seldom performed, it has been arranged as an opera with a score by Darius Milhaud.  Perhaps a production for the future.

Timothy Burke (1st & 3rd Nov) and Tobias Ringborg (Sat 5th Nov) conduct an exciting cast including former Jette Parker Young Artists Samuel Dale Johnson and Anna Devin (Don Giovanni 2013). Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Ben McAtee is Figaro.

Tickets are selling very well for The Marriage of Figaro with very little availability for Thursday and Saturday.  Get in touch with Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

THE PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET

“LUNCHTIME IN PARIS”

SPECTRUM CENTRE THEATRE

FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER at 1.00pm

The Primrose Piano Quartet takes its name from the great Scottish violist William Primrose who played for many years with Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.  The four members are well known in the world of chamber music, violinist Susanne Stanzeleit, violist Dorothea Vogel, cellist Andrew Fuller and pianist John Thwaites.  Requests from the At One With Music audience to hear more French music are being fulfilled with performances of the String Trio by Jean Françaix which dates from 1933 and Ernest Chausson’s Piano Quartet in A composed in 1897.

Doors to the Spectrum Centre Theatre will open at 12.30pm and the concert will start at 1.00pm and last for about 55 minutes.  Admission cost £6 for adults and £1 for children.

The Hidden Gem café within the Spectrum Centre serves teas, coffees, tasty snacks and light meals before and after the concert.

 

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MASTERCLASS

NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

SUNDAY 6th NOVEMBER

1.00pm TO 5.00pm

Six top local singers are taking the opportunity to have a coaching session with world renowned operatic baritone Donald Maxwell following on from his appearance in the cameo role of Antonio in Scottish Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro at Eden Court.  Donald has wide experience of coaching singers, having been Director of the National Opera Studio and Head of Opera Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Join Donald Maxwell with singers Liz McLardy, Katie Millar, Rae Jack, John Stuart, William Moir and Ros Hill, along with accompanists Gordon Tocher and Mairi Mackenzie for a live insight into the development of the singer’s voice.

Tickets (£8) from Nairn Community and Arts Centre Box Office (01667 453476) or at the door.

 

Duo b!z'artDUO B!Z’ART

ONE TOUCH THEATRE, EDEN COURT

MONDAY 7th NOVEMBER at 8.00pm

Returning to Inverness after a performance for At One With Music in September 2014 comes Duo B!z’art

1 piano, 2 musicians, 4 hands, 20 fingers and 88 piano keys!

Come on a musical journey like no other with the incredible Duo B!z’art (Andre Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste). This eclectic, dynamic and virtuosic Belgian piano duet will astonish you with their talent and entertain you with a fabulous classical repertoire. The programme includes the 21 Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms, Mendelssohn’s brilliant Andante and Allegro op. 92 and the powerful Suite op. 11 by Sergey Rachmaninov.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

http://www.hdfas.org.uk/Images/nadfaslogo1.jpgHIGHLAND DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

SMITHTON CULLODEN CHURCH AUDITORIUM

THURSDAY 10th NOVEMBER at 2.15pm

MONTHLY LECTURE : INCOME AND INSPIRATION  -  FINANCIAL SECRETS OF THE MASTERS by DAVID PHILLIPS

David Phillips studied history at Oxford and his lecture examines the fascinating subject of art forgery and its identification.   Although modern dating and analysis techniques have made the identification of forged art much simpler, the market still favours the forger!

Please be in your seat by 2.10pm.

 

 

KOSMOS ENSEMBLE

musicinverness

INVERNESS COLLEGE UHI

PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO

THURSDAY 10th NOVEMBER at 7.30pm

Harriet MacKenzie – violin      Meg Hamilton - viola      Miloš Milivojević  - accordion

 

Harriet, Meg and Milos have crafted a programme unique to Kosmos, inspired by music from all around the globe. Wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music glide seamlessly into hot-blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Scottish, Polish and Sephardic songs, new arrangements by and for the ensemble, and with references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.

Kosmos was described by Richard Morrison, chief music critic of The Times as : “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship.  I defy you not to be mesmerised.”   At the 2016 East Neuk Festival the performance by Kosmos was the ‘must see’ show; so much so that the trio gave two sell-out concerts.

musicinverness is delighted that artists of such a worldwide reputation as Kosmos are giving the debut performance in the Performing Arts Studio on the second floor of the new Inverness College UHI Building in the Inverness Campus.

Tickets (Adults £15, Eden Court Friends £13, Students etc £5) can be purchased in advance for this musicinverness concert online at www.invernesschambermusic.com and use the “Book Online” link.  You may also purchase your tickets through Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk.  Also available at the door on the night from 7.00pm.

 

BBC SSO (November 2016)BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

EMPIRE THEATRE, EDEN COURT

FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER at 7.30pm

TIPPETT Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage
BRUCH Violin Concerto No.1
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 6

THOMAS DAUSGAARD CONDUCTOR 
DANIEL HOPE VIOLIN

From Bohemia’s woods and meadows: Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony is part homage to Brahms, part celebration of the sounds of rural Bohemia, and all Dvořák. Certainly, few romantic symphonies manage to be so sunny at the same time as being quite so powerful, and under Thomas Dausgaard, the BBC SSO’s new Chief Conductor, it’ll sound as fresh as new. It’s an exuberant finish to a programme that begins with Michael Tippett’s radiant vision of rebirth and renewal on a summer night. Bruch’s ever popular First Violin Concerto is an ideal vehicle for Daniel Hope’s stellar technique and searching musical intelligence.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office.  In person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

KATY BELL  -  solo cello

MUSIC IN THE OLD HIGH

SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER at 12.00pm

 

Cellist Katy Bell hails from Glasgow and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before continuing her studies in the USA and The Netherlands where she played in the Arba String Quartet and Het Residentie Orkest in The Hague.  Katy moved back to Scotland in 2012 and settled in Inverness where she has developed a busy career as both teacher and performer.  She is a founder member of the Highland Collective string ensemble.

Katy’s programme for her Old High recital will feature J S Bach’s Suite No 3 in C major, BWV 1009; the Suite for Solo Cello by Natalie Draper and ‘After Reading Shakespeare’ by Ned Rorem.

Admission is by a suggested donation of £5.

 

http://www.boatofgarten.com/o/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/TOMS-logo-2.jpgTHE OSPREY MUSIC SOCIETY

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA

BOAT OF GARTEN COMMUNITY HALL

SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER at 7.30pm

London Festival Opera has performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families and has recently appeared in London, Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Brussels, Monte Carlo, Moscow, Marrakech, Mumbai, Barbados and Hong Kong.  Engagements have included a private performance in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, charity performances for the President of Malta at the Palace in Valletta, the Prime Minster at 10 Downing Street, the Ambassador at the British Embassy in Paris, and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice at the Carnival 2014. 

Abigail Iveson (soprano), Charlotte Stephenson (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks (tenor), Philip Blake-Jones (baritone) and Charlotte Forrest (pianist) will be performing a selection of opera highlights from Donizetti to Gilbert and Sullivan and from Mozart to Verdi.

 

Tickets:  £14 members: £16 non-members:  School pupils – comp

Contact Ann Napier on 01479 831213 or 07850 752757 or ann.nap@btinternet.com

 

 

 

 

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ROSSINI : PETITE MESSE SOLONNELLE

EMPIRE THEATRE, EDEN COURT

SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER at 7.30pm

 

Inverness Choral Society performs Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, one of the icons of the 19th century choral repertoire, renowned for being neither 'small' nor 'solemn' but full of dramatic, expressive music and elaborate choruses. The four soloists are: Colleen Nicoll (soprano), Marion Ramsay (contralto), Emanuel Heitz (tenor) and Phil Gault (baritone), who will all perform various operatic arias in the second half of the programme. The choir completes the evening’s Italian theme by singing some familiar pieces such as ‘The Humming Chorus’ (Madam Butterfly), ‘The Easter Hymn’ (Cavalleria Rusticana) and ‘The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’ (Nabucco).  Conducted by Gordon Tocher.  

Tickets : Adults £16.00, Students & Under16s £8, Eden Court Friends discount applies.  www.invernesschoral.org.uk or from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

 

MUSIC NAIRN

NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET

SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER at 7.30pm

Not content with just playing for At One With Music on Friday 4th November, the Primrose Piano Quartet (Susanne Stanzeleit (violin), Dorothea Vogel (viola), Andrew Fuller (cello) and John Thwaites (piano) return rapidly to the north to play for Music Nairn in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre with a programme of works by Mozart, Schumann and Brahms.

Tickets (Members £15, Non-members £19, Students £3) can be obtained on line from www.musicnairn.org.uk

 

 

HIGHLAND HOSPITALS ANNUAL CAROL CONCERT

 

EMPIRE THEATRE, EDEN COURT

 

SUNDAY 27th NOVEMBER at 3.00pm

 

Kick off the festive season with the wonderful annual event that brings together the Highland Hospitals’ Carol Concert Choir of over sixty singers comprising nurses and other Health Board workers. Sheila Bruce again accompanies and this year’s tenor soloist is James Twigg.

Highland Health Services Choir

Inverness Royal Academy Senior Choir

Conductor John Crombie

Soloist James Twigg, tenor

Accompanist Sheila Bruce

Instrumental Ensemble Alyn Ross, Geoff Blogg & Frances Campbell

 

In the 40 (plus) years since the very first concert, this annual event, organised by the Highlands’ own Carol Concert Committee, has raised over £200,000 all of which has been donated to CLIC Sargent Cancer Support for the Young. Let’s raise some more and have a great time while doing so!

There are not many tickets left for this very popular event so do not delay getting in touch with Eden Court Box Office, in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online on www.eden-court.co.uk

 

FILM DIARY

SELECTED LIVE AND ENCORE SCREENINGS

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE www,eden-court.co.uk

ROYAL BALLET (LIVE)  :  ANASTASIA

LA SCALA CINEMA – EDEN COURT.  WEDNESDAY 2nd NOVEMBER at 7.15pm

ENCORE SCREENING  -  SUNDAY 6th NOVEMBER at 2.00pm.

Events overtake the young Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov and her family: World War I is declared, and then the Russian Revolution brings their privileged lives to an end.

A woman who believes herself to be Anastasia, sole survivor from the massacre of the Romanovs, is incarcerated in an asylum.  Memory and fantasy intermingle; she recalls her rescue, the death of her husband, the disappearance of her child and her attempted suicide. But, despite her nightmares, her faith in her own identity cannot be shaken.

Directed by Kenneth MacMillan

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE  -  LA SCALA CINEMA,  EDEN COURT

TUESDAY 15th NOVEMBER at 6.15pm

ENCORE SCREENING SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER at 2.00pm

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN by JACQUES OFFENBACH

The great storyteller Hoffmann is losing himself to drink. His rival in love, Councillor Lindorf, claims that Hoffmann knows nothing of the heart, and so goads Hoffmann into telling the tales of his three great loves – each destroyed by a villain who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lindorf…

First Hoffmann tells of his infatuation for the mechanical doll, Olympia – who is destroyed by the inventor Coppélius. Next comes the courtesan Giulietta, who throws over his adoration in favour of jewels from the magician Dappertutto. Finally, the gentle Antonia is forced to sing to her death by the wicked Doctor Miracle. His stories finished, Hoffmann rouses from his drunken stupor to find Lindorf has made off with Stella, Hoffmann’s latest love – but the Muse compels him to transform his heartache into art.

Vittorio Grigolo, Thomas Hampson and Sofia Fomina are directed by John Schlesinger.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

AND FINALLY……

A couple of events for those of you who like to travel a bit further afield.

Sunday 6th November at 3.00pm in the Monymusk Arts Centre, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.  The wonderful Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovsek, accompanied by Yoko Misumi, will be playing works by Roma Cafolla, John Hearne, Alfred Schnitke and Edvard Grieg.  Admission £12.

And if you are keen to hear cellist Robin Michael again, he and pianist Dan Tong are playing a fundraising concert at Kinnordy House on Saturday 26th November at 5.00pm in aid of the Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival which will be taking place at Kinnordy House, Kirriemuir, Angus from 7th to 9th April 2017.  Robin and Dan will be performing a programme of works by Debussy, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven.  Suggested donation is £40 per person.  Contact kinnordymusic@gmail.com

 

Enjoy whatever you go to.  More next month.