FEBRUARY 2017

 

 At One With Music  -+- Highland DFAS  -+-  Badenoch Chorale at The Old High 

 Tim Kliphuis Trio  -+-  Piatti Quartet for musicinverness  -+-  BBC SSO

Scottish Opera Highlights  -+-  Piatti Quartet for Osprey Music Society

Opera, Ballet and Drama Screenings

 

Welcome to the February 2017 eNewsletter.  Please enjoy browsing through it and selecting which arts events to support.

But first  =  a change of date.  For touring reasons, Duo Diez (Violeta Barrena  -  violin and Dimitris Dekavallas  -  guitar) are having to put back their concert for At One With Music by three weeks to Friday 28 April 2017 at 1.00pm in the Spectrum Centre Theatre.  Please pass this information on to any of your friends who may be planning to come and enjoy Duo Diez, and indulge me if this message is repeated in upcoming issues of the eNewsletter.

 

SINOPIA STRING QUARTET

FRIDAY 03 FEBRUARY 2017 at 1.00pm

SPECTRUM CENTRE THEATRE, INVERNESS

The Sinopia Quartet comprises four of Scotland’s leading young professional string players.  Graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music, Gabi Maas and Daniel Paterson (violins), Daniel Meszoly (viola) and Laura Sergeant (cello) have gained various chamber music, orchestral and solo prizes.  The Sinopia Quartet’s programme for At One With Music will be the Three Idylls for Strings by Frank Bridge, the String Quartet No 2 in D Major by Alexander Borodin (with its famous third movement Nocturne used in the film Kismet for the song And This is My Beloved) and to end the folksy set of Six Romanian Dances by Béla Bartók.

Doors to the Spectrum Centre Theatre will open at 12.30pm; admission costs £6 for adults or £1 for under 16s.  The Sinopia Quartet’s concert will last for about 55 minutes.  Before and after the concert light meals and tasty snacks will be available in the Hidden Gem Café within the Spectrum Centre.

HIGHLAND DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

SMITHTON-CULLODEN FREE CHURCH AUDITORIUM

THURSDAY 09 FEBRUARY 2017 at 2.10pm

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ENGLISH AND EUROPEAN FURNITURE

by JANUCZ KARCZEWSKI-SLOWIKOWSKI

Janucz Karczewski-Slowikowski is an antique dealer and specialises in English furniture history.    He will examine how 18th Century English and European designers and cabinetmakers, like Chippendale, Cobb, Vile & Kent, elevated furniture making into art, creating the Golden Age of Mahogany.

 

 

MUSIC AT THE OLD HIGH

OLD HIGH CHURCH, INVERNESS

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY at 12.00am

BADENOCH CHORALE

The 2017 season of Saturday midday concerts starts with the Badenoch Chorale, the musical pride of upper Speyside who in past years have swept all before them at the annual Inverness Music Festival.

This accomplished choir have put together a very varied programme for Music at The Old High with a diverse selection of songs from Elgar and Haydn to Irving Berlin and Ennio Morricone, as well as a couple of organ solos by Alan Buchan.

A suggested donation of £5 is requested for admission to the concert.

 

 TIM KLIPHUIS TRIO

TENTH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

EDEN COURT ONE TOUCH THEATRE

WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY at 8.00pm

Award-wining Dutch fiddler Tim Kliphuis and his colleagues Nigel Clark (guitar) from Dublin and Roy Percy (bass) from Edinburgh return to Inverness for another sparkling evening of virtuosity featuring inspiration from Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhart as well as some of Tim’s own compositions and improvisations on classical favourites.  A highlight of the evening will be extracts from their new CD on Sony Classical Reflecting The Seasons.  The Trio have built a strong Highland following ever since Tim’s first visit back in 2003 at the Universal Hall in Findhorn along with the Belgian gypsy guitarist Fapy Lafertin.  The Trio will be back in Inverness on Thursday 12 October 2017 playing for musicinverness.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online.

 

 

PIATTI STRING QUARTET

musicinverness

INVERNESS COLLEGE – UHI

PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO

THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY at 7.30pm

Making their third visit to musicinverness, and prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. Nathaniel Anderson-Frank and Michael Trainor (violins), David Wigram (viola) and Jessie Ann Richardson (cello) have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).  The Piatti Quartet takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Piatii Quartet’s programme for musicinverness will open with Haydn’s String Quartet in C major, Op 20 No 2, followed by a quartet commissioned by the Piattis from the British composer Joseph Phibbs.  After the interval they will play Beethoven’s String Quartet No 13 in B flat, Op 130 with the Große Fuge, Op 133.

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.  Any unsold tickets will be available at the door on the night from 7.00pm.

 

 

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/640x360/p040ps2j.jpgBBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

EDEN COURT EMPIRE THEATRE

FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2017 at 7.30pm

“Play me some village music" declared Antonin Dvorák at the height of his fame. "That's what I like". And at the heart of the lovely slow movement of his Eighth Symphony, that's exactly what he composed: a moment of sheer, unaffected happiness at the heart of a symphony that brims over with affection and joy. It's a delightful showcase for the "tremendous" (The Herald) young British conductor Alpesh Chauhan, and it'll strike sparks off the uproarious jazz stylings of Malcolm Arnold's Second Clarinet Concerto, played here by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Annelien Van Wauwe. A romantic string miniature by Mendelssohn and Mozart's Overture: The Magic Flute, complete the festivities.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online.

 

SCOTTISH OPERA and MUSIC NAIRN

OPERA HIGHLIGHTS on tour

NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2017 at 7.30pm

Also in Gairloch (23 Feb) and Ardross (02 March)

Each year Scottish Opera take four singers and a pianist out and about around Scotland, travelling the highways and byways, by land, air and sea, to take a musical mix of opera highlights to some of the country’s smaller and more remote venues.  This year’s cast is full of fresh new talent, including two Scottish Opera Emerging Artists, mezzo Emma Kerr and baritone Adam Gilbert, and two recent graduates of the National Opera Studio, soprano Roisin Walsh and tenor Elgan Llyr Thomas. Former Emerging Artist repetiteur Jonathon Swinard returns to the piano and current Emerging Artist director Jim Manganello is at the helm.

Tickets are selling well, so don’t delay.  Music Nairn are NOT selling tickets for this event.  You can book through the Scottish Opera website www.scottishopera.org.uk where you will incur a hefty postage charge and you will be invited to take out insurance in case it turns out that you cannot attend the event.  Alternatively you can buy your tickets through Nairn Community and Arts Centre in person or on 01667 453476.

 

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

BOAT OF GARTEN COMMUNITY HALL

PIATTI STRING QUARTET

SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 at 7.30pm

Yes, the wonderful Piatti Quartet are back in The Highlands already.  Well, can you blame them?  For information about them, just scroll up the page to the musicinverness entry, but the Piattis have prepared a different programme for TOMS so here is an excellent chance for a second helping, this time of Brahms, Britten and Beethoven.

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

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

 

 

 

 

SELECTED ART FILM SCREENINGS  -  LIVE AND ENCORE

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 31 January at 7.00pm.  Royal Opera House.  IL TROVATORE

The Eden Court live screening is SOLD OUT, but Verdi’s masterpiece is also been screened at Vue Cinema in the Inverness Business Park where, as well as the opera, you can enjoy pick’n’mix sweeties, popcorn, giant hot dogs and free car parking.  There is an Encore screening at Eden Court on Sunday 05 February at 2.00pm.

 

Thursday 02 February at 7.00pm.  National Theatre Live.  AMADEUS 

La Scala Cinema, Eden Court.   Encore screenings on Saturday 11 February at 1.00pm and Tuesday 14 February at 7.00pm.  Live Screening on Thursday 02 February at 7.00pm also at Vue Cinema, Inverness Business Park.

Peter Schaffer’s play about the machinations of the composer Salieri against the young genius Mozart, directed by Peter Hall, was the must-see production at the National Theatre in 1979 with Paul Schofield as Salieri, Simon Callow as Mozart and Felicity Kendall as Constanze Weber.  I was lucky enough to see it and I can honestly say it is probably the most powerful bit of theatre I have ever experienced.  Since then Schaffer has tweaked his play frequently and, of course, there was the multi-Oscar winning movie starring F Murray Abraham and Tom Hulse.  The latest outing for this iconic play stars Lucian Msamati as Salieri and Adam Gillen as Mozart with live accompaniment from the South Bank Sinfonia.

 

Wednesday 08 February at 7.15pm.  Royal Ballet Live.  WOOLF WORKS 

La Scala Cinema, Eden Court and Vue Cinema, Inverness Business Park

The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music by Max Richter, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf.  The Royal Opera House Orchestra is conducted by Koen Kessels.  There will be an Encore screening at Eden Court on Sunday 12 February at 2.00pm.

 

Thursday 16 February at 7.00pm.  National Theatre Live.  SAINT JOAN 

La Scala Cinema, Eden Court and Vue Cinema, Inverness Business Park

Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman.

From the torment of the Hundred Years' War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw's classic pay depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary. 

Josie Rourke directs Gemma Arterton  as Joan of Arc in this electrifying masterpiece and one of George Bernard Shaw’s most famous works.

There are Encore screenings at Eden Court on Thursday 23 February at 7.00pm and on Saturday 04 March at 1.00pm.

 

Tuesday 28 February at 7.00pm.  Royal Ballet Live.  THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 

La Scala Cinema, Eden Court and Vue Cinema, Inverness Business Park

Celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells, to glorious music by Tchaikovsky.  The Royal Opera House Orchestra is conducted by Koen Kessels.

 

 

Have a great February.