WHAT’S ON SEPT/OCT
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: CLASSICAL, JAZZ, POP, COUNTRY, COMEDY, FOLK, KIDS, BALLET, TALKS, EXHIBITIONS
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TREAT YOURSELF Doesn’t life feel a bit dreary at the moment? With all this talk of the credit crunch and the weather being dull, it can seem that there is precious little to get excited about these days. In Britain, we also work amongst the longest hours in Europe so we don’t tend to take as much time for ourselves as we should. So now is the time to stop and ask yourself, when was the last time you treated yourself to a really nice night out? Forget work, forget your stresses and get your work/life balance back on the right track by coming out and enjoying some great music at Glasgow’s Concert Halls. Experience live music the way it’s meant to be heard – in one of our fantastic performance spaces where the music and your soul can soar together in a truly uplifting experience.
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No matter what type of music does it for you, there has never been a wider of selection of concerts and events to choose from. The new classical seasons from all our orchestras commence – see our feature on pages 10 and 11 for the highlights to look forward to over the coming year. For the folkies amongst you, we have a new series of Fruitmarket Folk this autumn and Jazz Glasgow presents a line-up of the best contemporary jazz singer-songwriters in the country today. There are many more events listed inside – have a look now and get out and enjoy yourself!
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Built in 1990 for Glasgow’s reign as European City of Culture, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall sits proudly in the heart of the city centre at the intersection of two of the busiest streets in Scotland. It has proven not just to be “Glasgow’s Hall for Glasgow’s people” as the then Lord Provost Pat Lally proclaimed it, but has also become a must visit stop on the cultural trail in Glasgow for music lovers from around the world. Home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra the Hall is a multi–purpose venue, presenting a varied programme of events, including music and cultural events, exhibitions, meetings and conferences.
The adjacent category A listed buildings have recently undergone a £15million redevelopment, merging them into one of the most versatile, state of the art venues in Scotland, with a range of facilities accommodating events from 20 – 1,400 guests and an overall site capacity of up to 3,000. The complex has bespoke education spaces, state of the art broadcasting and recording facilities, an IT suite and first class backstage facilities. There are two main auditoriums alongside four smaller venues. Now known as Glasgow’s Centre for Music, the complex is home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and is the regular Glasgow performance base for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Ensemble.
The largest performing space is the Main Auditorium, which seats 2,000 when all areas are in use. With a state of the art computer-controlled stage with up to 20 combinations, the Hall can accommodate every type of performance from the largest symphony orchestras to intimate solo shows.
“Best of all, it still sounds magnificent. It’s a place, I’m sure, where lives will continue to be transformed by music.”
“Anyone familiar with the Glasgow way of things will know the buzz that greets you the moment you enter the venue.” The Scotsman
City Halls At the centre of Glasgow’s new ‘cultural quarter’ in the Merchant City, City Halls has a long and illustrious past. Dating from 1841, City Halls is the oldest purpose built performance and meeting space in Glasgow. Of a Neoclassical Italianate design, the Grand Hall is a lavishly decorated formal auditorium, with world-renowned orchestral acoustics, raked seating and balcony.
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Old Fruitmarket In the same complex as City Halls is the historic Old Fruitmarket. With its lofty vaulted roof, listed cast iron columns and balcony, this venue is perfect for concerts and events of almost any style. Always a much loved concert hall in Glasgow, the improved facilities have transformed the Old Fruitmarket into a truly multi-purpose venue. Since reopening in January 2006 the Old Fruitmarket has played host to pop, rock, folk and jazz concerts, comedy gigs and theatre events as well as club nights, banquets and ceilidhs.
“Also within the complex is the characterful Old Fruitmarket, whose Victorian wrought iron balconies, ancient shopfront signs and Glasgow street atmosphere give it the feel of a Dickensian stage set.” The Observer
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WHAT’S ON HIGHLIGHTS
Emmylou Harris Date/Time: Tue 9 Sept Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium The first lady of alt-country makes a welcome return to Glasgow, showcasing a voice that was made to sing sad songs which, after 40 years, can still break your heart.
Merchant City Festival Jeremy Hardy Date/Time: Sat 27 Sept Venue: Old Fruitmarket Jeremy Hardy is one of Britain’s most wellestablished alternative stand-ups, unafraid to mix his socialist politics into his topical act. He is best known as a regular on Radio 4 panel games such as The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Just A Minute. His TV appearances include QI, Blackadder Goes Forth and Mock The Week. Join him for some deadpan hilarity as part of the Merchant City Festival.
International Classical Season 2008/2009 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra The Story Tellers: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Date/Time: Fri 3 Oct Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Date/Time: Thu 9 Oct Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall
What an opening night: the London Philharmonic Orchestra on a rare visit to Scotland with esteemed conductor Rozhdestvensky and pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet. Rozhdestvensky is noted for his unique conducting style; it’s not uncommon for him to abandon the podium and walk around the stage during a performance!
RSNO: Denève Conducts Mahler 5 Date/Time: Sat 4 Oct Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Also opening their new Glasgow season, the RSNO continue with the critically acclaimed journey through Mahler’s symphonies. Probably Mahler’s most famous symphony, the Fifth is an immensely powerful piece of music that journeys through a vast musical landscape.
Sir Charles Mackerras
An Evening with Ray Mears Date/Time: Mon 13 Oct Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall
Mythology, fairy tales and classic literature are the inspiration for a special concert series from the BBC SSO this season. First up is Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade – the gorgeously romantic depiction of tales from One Thousand and One Nights.
Over the last decade Ray Mears has become recognised throughout the world as being an authority on the subject of bushcraft and survival. He has also become a household name through his many television series. Join Ray as he recounts his tales and experiences from his travels around the world.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Date/Time: Fri 10 Oct Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Date/Time: Fri 31 Oct Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall
Known as ‘Paul Simon’s musical other half’ Art Garfunkel brings his unmistakable singing voice to Glasgow, touring a new solo album of vintage cover versions and performing Simon and Garfunkel classics.
The SCO’s ever-popular Conductor Laureate takes to the podium to conduct a programme of Mozart and Beethoven. He will be joined by pianist Artur Pizarro renowned for his lyrical poeticism and outstanding virtuosity.
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Russian Classical Ballet
Job Search Live
Don Cossacks State Dance Company
Enable Scotland Big Apple Ball
Date/Time: Thu 4 Sept Price: Free Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite
Date/Time: Sun 7 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £50, £40, £35, £25, £20, £15 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Date/Time: Fri 12 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £21.50, £19.50, £17.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Date/Time: Sat 13 Sept, 7pm Price: £75 Venue: Old Fruitmarket
This is your chance to meet with a wide range of potential employers all under one roof, when Scotland's premier recruitment event, Job Search Live returns to Glasgow. Whether you are looking for a new job or searching for training options, Job Search Live will provide you with vital recruitment advice to help you find your ideal career.
Leading exponent of the art of Ghazal singing, Jagjit Singh has changed the prevalent format of Ghazal rendition by introducing western instruments such as guitar, violin and piano into it, while retaining its Indian Classical structure, giving one of the most beautiful yet dying musical traditions a new lease of life.
This sensational, internationally acclaimed company of 40 dancers and musicians will amaze you with their incredible acrobatic feats, skillful dexterity and colourful costumes in this breathtaking dance spectacular! The Don Cossacks are a world class company presenting a dynamic production packed with energy, passion and excitement, all performed with a live orchestra.
RSNO: Free Lunchtime Concert
His unique style of composition and ethereal voice have afforded him a legendary stature among music fans worldwide.
Date/Time: Thu 4 Sept, 12:45pm Price: Free but ticketed Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
gow’s cer t Halls gow Royal cert Hall Halls Fruitmarket Rachmaninov Thea Musgrave
Piano Concerto No.2 Rainbow
Stéphane Denève Stephen Hough
In a very special, one-off Scottish performance, Stephen Hough performs this lunchtime concert which includes Rachmaninov’s romantic Second Piano Concerto, one of the most beautiful works ever written – well-known from the film Brief Encounter, amongst many others.
Date/Time: Sat 6 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £15 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall
Scotland's Tenors, Alan Beck, Jamie MacDougall and Ivan Sharpe, along with Music Director Michael Barnett bring you a highly entertaining evening of Scottish and popular music with songs from their new album Always to be Here, including Mull of Kintyre, Jacobite Medley, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and many, many more, including Caledon's very own tribute to Elvis. Sponsored by Lochcarron of Scotland
Emmylou Harris Date/Time: Tue 9 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £35, £30, £25 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium With a career that has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, garnered a remarkable twelve Grammy Awards and stirred music lovers for more than thirty years and counting, Emmylou Harris has been rightfully hailed as a major figure in several of America’s most important musical movements of the past three decades. A steadfast supporter of roots music and a skilled interpreter of compelling songs, she also has been associated with a diverse and dazzling array of admiring collaborators from Bright Eyes to Tammy Wynette and from Neil Young to Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.
Special Gala Performance of The Russian Classical Ballet Date/Time: Thu 11 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £25, £20 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium One of the world's premier ballet companies will perform excerpts from some of the greatest and most popular ballets which will enthral and inspire ballet lovers everywhere. Their programme will include excerpts from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Esmeralda and many more. A full corps de ballet of 40 dancers, along with stunning costumes and scenery, will accompany them.
In Search of Chopin: A Celebration of Chopin's Visit to Scotland Date/Time: Fri 12 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £20, £15 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall Pianist Robyn Carmichael and narrator Witold Kolankowski combine forces to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Chopin’s historic visit to Scotland in 1848. Their spellbinding programme, full of surprises, contains a wealth of new information and illustrates the life and art of Fryderyk Chopin. Using the great composer’s own words and music, they will lead you on an intimate journey of discovery as you learn about key events in Chopin’s life and his remarkable creative spirit.
Idol 2008 Auditions Date/Time: Sat 13 Sept, 1:30pm Price: Free Entry Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Buchanan Suite Now in its fourth year, Idol has grown into the largest national competition outside that certain TV show, with over 10,000 applicants entering last year. With two age categories (under 18 and 18 and over) there will be auditions throughout the day for both singing and dancing competition categories. For more information and to register for auditions please go to www.idol.uk.com
Enjoy a cocktail drinks reception followed by a delicious five course meal; a chance to bid for unique prizes, superb entertainment throughout the evening and then dance the night away to the fantastic sounds of two great bands, Divas and Counselled Out. Tickets are £75 each, with tables of ten at £750. Book one table and get a second table for £550! Enable Scotland support children and adults with learning disabilities to live, work and enjoy valued life within the community. To book please contact Jennifer Niven on 0141 225 1649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Conversation Pieces Ian Hamilton QC Date/Time: Thu 18 Sept, 1pm Price: £4 in advance, £5 on the day Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite A Scottish national hero having stolen the Stone of Destiny from beneath the Coronation Chair in 1950, Ian Hamilton holds audiences spellbound when he recounts the events surrounding the taking of the Stone. He’ll discuss with Iain Anderson his book Stone of Destiny, the publication of which coincides with the release of the Hollywood film. It is not simply a retelling of a stunt that made nationwide news, but instead a book about how a country’s conscience was stirred by a symbolic act that changed the lives of many.
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Organic Food Festival
Soil Association Scotland's Organic Food Festival
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: The Symphonic Collection: Beethoven 9
Date/Time: Sat 20 & Sun 21 Sept, 10am Price: Free Venue: Old Fruitmarket
Date/Time: Thu 25 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £23, £19, £16, £10 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall
Come and browse, taste and buy in a magical marketplace full to the brim with gorgeous organic goodies. As well as food and drink that's better for you, better for animals, and better for the planet, there will be fabulous fashion and textiles, health and beauty, and ethical household products.
Janácek Beethoven Beethoven
There will also be a packed programme of activities for kids, cookery demos, producer talks, and tutored tastings hosted by high profile chefs, foodies, and gardening experts.
An Audience with Sally Morgan
gow’s cer t Halls gow Royal cert Hall Halls Fruitmarket Date/Time: Thu 25 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £19 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Following her very own TV series Sally Morgan Star Psychic, Sally Morgan, the stars' psychic goes on national tour for the first time. Sally's psychic power has been with her since she was nine months old and she now is rated as one of the world's top mediums. Her reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high profile celebrities. An Audience with Sally Morgan is for entertainment and educational purposes only and should be deemed an experiment.
International Guitar Night
Taras Bulba Ah! Perfido Symphony No.9 Choral
Ilan Volkov Conductor Susan Gritton Soprano Karen Cargill Mezzo-Soprano Tim Robinson Tenor Neal Davies Bass Chorus assembled by Scottish Opera Ilan Volkov launches his final season at the helm of the orchestra with a sensational programme culminating in Beethoven's great symphonic homage to the brotherhood of man, with a superb choir and soloists coming together in the Ode to Joy.
Beyond the Barricade Date/Time: Fri 26 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £21.50, £19.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Beyond the Barricade recreates music and songs from the world’s most popular musicals. This brand new 2008 production, starring past principal performers from Les Misérables and other shows, features songs from the latest West End phenomenons such as Wicked and Spamalot alongside numbers from your favourite musical productions. For more information please visit www.beyondthebarricade.com
RSNO – The 08:09 Season Classic Bites: Sample the Season Date/Time: Sat 27 Sept, 6pm Price: £10 (U16s go free, U26s £5) Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
The programme begins with Janácek's powerful and passionate 'rhapsody' depicting dramatic scenes from Gogol's novel about the Cossack leader Taras Bulba.
Stéphane Denève David Danzmayr
6:45pm – Pre-concert prelude: Roger Wright, Controller BBC Radio 3 and Director BBC Proms, and Gavin Reid, Director BBC SSO, discuss the forthcoming season.
This popular concert is both a perfect introductory taster for classical newcomers and an ideal aperitif for seasoned concertgoers. Fill up on this year's tasty selection of classical titbits as Musical Director Stéphane Denève serves up the annual early evening celebration of the Season ahead.
Post-concert coda: Neal Davies gives a short vocal recital.
Conversation Pieces Ian Rankin Date/Time: Fri 26 Sept, 1pm Price: £4 in advance, £5 on the day Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite The UK’s number one bestselling crime author famed for his acclaimed Inspector Rebus series, Ian Rankin is a major contributor to the Tartan Noir genre and has won many awards for his writing. He’ll discuss with Iain Anderson his first stand-alone thriller for over a decade, Doors Open. This novel will follow in the wake of the celebrations of John Rebus’s 20th year in 2007 and is something completely new and sensational for Rankin’s enormous fan-base.
Merchant City Festival Jeremy Hardy Date/Time: Sat 27 Sept, 8pm Price: £15 Venue: Old Fruitmarket Countless appearances on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, The News Quiz, Mock The Week and QI have made Jeremy Hardy one of the country’s most popular satirists. The multi-talented star of his own long-running series of radio monologues Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation and acclaimed documentary film Jeremy Hardy Vs The Israeli Army, his gentle delivery belies a caustic wit and sharply alternative viewpoint. Strictly over 16s only.
Merchant City Festival Scottish Comedian of the Year Grand Final Date/Time: Sun 28 Sept, 7:45pm Price: £13 Venue: Old Fruitmarket The patter, banter, craic – call it what you will – Scots have the best sense of humour in the world. The Scottish comedy scene is great and each year this competition celebrates it in style. BBC Children in Need & XFM presenter and multi award winning comedian Des Clarke introduces the final nine contenders in the nationwide search for the finest comedy talent in Scotland. Not only will they have to make the audience laugh, but to win the title, the coveted Banana Boots Trophy, the massive cash prize and gigs in Australia, they will have to impress our celebrity judging panel with their good looks, originality and ability to deal with hecklers.
Merchant City Festival The Acoustic Affair International Guitar Night Date/Time: Sun 28 Sept, 8pm Price: £12 Venue: City Halls, Recital Room A rare treat for fans of instrumental guitar work, as this successful USA-based guitar showcase comes to Glasgow. Each year, International Guitar Night founder Brian Gore is joined by three of the world's foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. This year’s exciting line-up is completed by flamenco star Miguel de la Bastide, Canadian string steel virtuoso Andy Sheppard, and Cecilia Zabala, a singer and guitarist from Argentina.
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Every note, every movement and every performance Glasgow’s Concert Halls has the pleasure of hosting the best in home-grown and international classical music talent. From the symphonic proportions of the Main Auditorium at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, to the world-renowned acoustics of the Grand Hall at City Halls, via the unique atmosphere of the Old Fruitmarket, classical concerts really are what we do best. As well as hosting our very own International Classical Season, Glasgow’s Concert Halls is the home of Scotland’s two major symphony orchestras; the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at City Halls. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra also uses City Halls as their permanent Glasgow performance base throughout the year. The International Classical Season kicks off in October with two big name orchestral concerts: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with solo pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet to open the season, closely followed by Yuri Temirkanov with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and solo pianist Elisso Virsaladze. We also welcome clarinettist Michael Collins who will perform a world premiere of a concerto by Mozart with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields – how can it be a world premiere? Well, the concerto in question is usually played on the violin! A recital by renowned English pianist, Peter Donohoe, follows on the centenary of Messiaen’s birth, with a concert celebrating the music of this great 20th-century composer.
Later on in the International Classical Season, the orchestral highlights continue with Leif Ove Andsnes with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, performing a wonderful programme including Grieg’s breathtaking Holberg Suite. And to round off the season we have the astoundingly talented young conductor Daniel Harding with the Staatskapelle Dresden and French violinist Renaud Capuçon. In between the big name orchestras, the International Classical Season features a semi-staged production of Purcell/Eccles’ Dido and Aeneas with the New London Consort conducted by Philip Pickett and directed by Jonathan Miller, and also ventures again into chamber music in the form of The Brodsky Quartet who perform alongside Elvis Costello in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and in a second concert with super-star soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Andalucian Dogs in the Old Fruitmarket for a spectacular performance of Golijov’s modern masterpiece – Ayre. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra want to whisk you off on a voyage, with a season of music inspired by the ocean from composers as diverse as Wagner, Sibelius, Glazunov, Debussy and Vaughan Williams. As well as music of the ocean, the orchestra are looking forward to two vocal treats – the first when Dame Felicity Lott sings Poulenc’s La voix humaine, and the second when the RSNO Chorus and three international soloists perform Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust.
A mini-festival of Mendelssohn takes place in February with performances of some of the composers’ most popular pieces, including one concert featuring his Piano Concerto with internationally acclaimed soloist Stephen Hough and the complete music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and another concert featuring his Violin Concerto with soloist Baiba Skride, conducted by Walter Weller. Stéphane Denève also indulges in two special concerts in March, featuring music composed in or inspired by the beautiful capital city of Paris, where Stéphane used to live. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has divided its 2008/2009 Season at City Halls into a trio of tantalising themes; The Symphonic Collection, The Story Tellers and Russian Winter. The Symphonic Collection consists of six concerts featuring the most inspiring symphonies composed over the last two centuries, including favourites such as Beethoven’s 9th, Tchaikovsky’s 4th and Sibelius’ 5th. The Story Tellers is a series of five concerts featuring works by composers who have interpreted mythology, fairy tales and classic literature through their music; highlights include Rimsky-Korsakov’s spell-binding Scheherazade and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Russian Winter is the BBC SSO’s winter mini-series where, over five concerts, the orchestra will focus on the works of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky – two Russian composers of the 20th century who both produced phenomenal, but very different, music. Throughout the season the BBC SSO will be joined by an impressive line-up of conductors and soloists, including Chief Conductor, Ilan Volkov, who bids the orchestra farewell in this, his final season with the orchestra.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra present an eclectic season with three world premieres and three Scottish premieres as part of the “Adventurer” series, a five-concert celebration of Mendelssohn to mark the 200th anniversary of the composers’ birth and an extra special collaboration with internationally renowned Sarod-player, Amjad Ali Khan. Principal Guest Conductor, Olari Elts returns to conduct the orchestra on four occasions over the course of the season, and following the success of the SCO/Linn Records release of Mozart’s last four symphonies, the orchestra’s ever-popular Conductor Laureate, Sir Charles Mackerras, returns to conduct two Mozart Symphonies. The young conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is also invited back following his successful debut with the orchestra last year. The Scottish Ensemble present a new season of five enigmatically named concerts – Red, Fire, Green, Quicksilver and Luminous. Looking beyond the titles you’ll find a mixture of world premieres, 20th century favourites and more traditional chamber music from Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Corelli and Biber. Launching the Scottish Ensembles season will be a concert featuring trumpeter Alison Balsom, and the talented young Scottish pianist, Alasdair Beatson. Season tickets are available for all of the seasons mentioned here. Call our box office on 0141 353 8000 to find out more.
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Drever McCusker Woomble
Robert Heindel – Encore
Joan Baez Date/Time: Mon 29 Sept, 7:30pm Price: £35, £30, £27.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium American folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez is a stellar talent with a distinctive soprano voice that spans an amazing three octaves, a style that encompasses many genres and a career that has lasted for nearly 50 years, producing 30 albums and is still going strong!
The International Classical Season 2008/2009 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky with the London Philharmonic Orchestra Date/Time: Fri 3 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £28, £22, £15 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Richard Strauss Ravel Tchaikovsky
Metamorphosen Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Symphony No.6 Pathétique
OMD Date/Time: Wed 1 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £30, £28.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
gow’s cer t Halls gow Royal cert Hall Halls Fruitmarket Eighties synth-pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) visit Glasgow in their only Scottish date of their second UK tour since reforming. The original line-up, known for hits such as Enola Gay, Souvenir, Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans, Locomotion, So In Love and If You Leave, regrouped in 2006 and have since produced a new album.
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Jean-Yves Thibaudet
A rare chance to hear the world-renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) performing in Scotland, under the baton of the highly acclaimed Russian conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. They will be joined on stage by sought after French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for a performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.
Date/Time: Fri 3 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £14.50, £12 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall Albinoni Shostakovich
Fruitmarket Folk Drever, McCusker, Woomble
Alison Balsom Alasdair Beatson
Trumpet Concerto in D minor Chamber Symphony Op.110a in C minor Concerto Grosso in Bb major Op.6 No.11 Concerto No.1 in C minor for piano, trumpet and strings Op.35 Trumpet Piano
The Scottish Ensemble gets the season off to a thrilling start in October when they are joined by the amazing young trumpeter, Alison Balsom and the talented Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson, making their debut with the Ensemble.
Date/Time: Sat 4 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £32, £24, £17.50, £13, £10 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Wagner Szymanowski Mahler
Overture to The Flying Dutchman Sinfonia Concertante Symphony No.5
Stéphane Denève Piotr Anderszewski
The new Glasgow Season sets sail with a spectacular programme, as Stéphane Denève continues his critically acclaimed Mahler cycle with his most popular symphony, the Fifth. Journey through a vast musical landscape: funereal darkness, boisterous dancing, a joyous finale and, of course, the hauntingly beautiful Adagietto, famously used in Visconti's Death in Venice. 6:45pm – Pre-concert talk with Michael Tumelty.
Since 1964 the LPO has performed each summer in the pit at Glyndebourne Festival opera and tours extensively throughout the world. It has recorded soundtracks for blockbuster motion pictures including the Oscar-winning score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Scottish Ensemble 2008 – 2009 Season Red
RSNO – The 08:09 Season Denève Conducts Mahler 5
Date/Time: Fri 3 Oct, 9:30pm Price: £15 Venue: Old Fruitmarket Three of Scotland’s most successful and exciting young musicians combine forces to produce a new blend of contemporary folk. Kris Drever the award winning, highly acclaimed solo artist and member of the explosive anarchic-folk trio Lau shares vocal duties with Roddy Woomble. Fiddler, producer and arranger John McCusker has appeared on records by the likes of Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader and many more, and has released his own albums to both critical and commercial success. Completing the line-up is Roddy Woomble, already known to many hundreds of thousands as the vocalist in Idlewild, who takes on the lead vocals.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Hear and Now Date/Time: Sat 4 Oct, 7:30pm Price: Free but ticketed (limited to 4 per person) Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall Baldur Brönnimann Simon Johnson
This concert is to be recorded for BBC Radio 3's Saturday late-night new music programme, Hear and Now.
Level 42 Date/Time: Sun 5 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £24.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium One of the most popular jazz funk bands of the 1980s, Level 42 is led by ever-present band leader and bass maestro Mark King and will feature Gary Husband, Lyndon Connah, Nathan King, Sean Freeman and original keyboardist Mike Lindup. Their brand of bass driven jazz funk, with infectious bass lines that were the hallmark of Mark King and Level 42, includes the hits Running In The Family, Hot Water and Lessons in Love.
Tindersticks Date/Time: Sun 5 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £19.50, £17.50 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall The distinctive sound of Tindersticks is characterised by a synthesis of orchestral backing, lounge jazz, and soul; the lush orchestrations of multiinstrumentalist Dickon Hinchliffe and the smoky baritone of lead vocalist Stuart Staples are the band's hallmarks. The Hungry Saw, the first Tindersticks album in five years, has a newly stripped-down sound. The grand melancholy and gentle humour are still abundantly present, but there's a renewed energy, an appetite for spontaneity.
Robert Heindel – Encore Date/Time: Mon 6 – Fri 19 Oct, 10am – 5pm Price: Free Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Island Bar This exhibition provides a rare chance to see original works by the painter Robert Heindel described as ‘the greatest painter of dance since Degas.’ The featured paintings have been gathered from Japan, USA, the Netherlands and the UK to provide a unique collection, many being exhibited in Europe for the first time. In his life time, Heindel worked with many of the worlds leading dancers and dance companies. Those represented in this exhibition include Scottish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
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October 8th Wizz-Bang Roadshow Date/Time: Wed 8 Oct, 10:30am, 2pm & 7pm Price: £5 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium What is energy, where does it come from and how can we be more efficient in our use of it? These and many other questions will be explored in the all new Wizz-Bang science road show. This exciting, explosive and interactive presentation is aimed at the Key Stage 3 science curriculum but suitable for all ages from 8 to 80. The 2008 shows are sponsored by OPITO – The Oil & Gas academy. Schools can also book online at www.wizz-bang.com
gow’s cer t Halls gow Royal cert Hall Halls Fruitmarket BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: The Story Tellers: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Venue: Price: Venue:
Thu 9 Oct, 7:30pm £23, £19, £16, £10 City Halls, Grand Hall
The Noonday Witch: Symphonic Poem Violin Concerto No.1 Scheherazade
Stefan Solyom Viviane Hagner
Stefan Solyom and the BBC SSO take you on journey of story-telling through music, with Dvoˇrák’s dramatic interpretation of a Bohemian folk tale, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s lavishly romantic depiction of the tales from the one thousand and one nights. Young German violinist Viviane Hagner completes this romantic programme with Szymanowski's opulent and exotic First Violin Concerto.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Season 2008/09 Beethoven's Emperor Venue: Price: Venue:
Fri 10 Oct, 7:30pm £24, £20, £17, £11 City Halls, Grand Hall
Overture, Consecration of the House Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor Symphony No.3 Rhenish
John Storgårds Simon Trpcˇeski
A festive opening to the Season is assured as John Storgårds directs Schumann’s joyous symphony alongside Beethoven’s magisterial Emperor Concerto. The sheer grand sweep of the piece makes it a natural for Simon Trpcˇeski. A commanding and charismatic presence onstage, he is amongst the world’s finest pianists.
Art Garfunkel Venue: Price: Venue:
Fri 10 Oct, 8pm £35, £30 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
American singer-songwriter and actor Art Garfunkel is best known as half of the Grammy Award winning folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. His signature vocal remains among the most instantly recognisable in popular music. In addition to a groundbreaking string of classics recorded with Paul Simon, including The Sounds Of Silence, Homeward Bound, Mrs. Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and My Little Town, many of which became pop standards, he has also carved out an impressive solo career with hits such as I Only Have Eyes For You, Bright Eyes and All I Know.
Featuring: Mini Music Makers Merchant Voices October Holiday Activities
6:45pm – Pre-Concert Prelude: Anthony Sayer in conversation with Stefan Solyom and Elizabeth Layton (Leader BBC SSO) about Scheherazade.
Post-concert coda: Viviane Hagner plays JS Bach's Chaconne in D minor.
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Education, participation, relaxation! City Halls isn’t just open for concert performances, it is also a year round hub of creative learning activity. That’s why in every What’s On Guide you’ll find this pullout guide containing information on all the events you can join in with. We offer a series of workshops and classes designed for a wide age range and for all abilities to take part in. They are hosted in our state of the art facilities and although the focus is on participation the emphasis is always on FUN! The complex houses a fully equipped ICT suite and facilities for individuals and groups alike. City Halls is also home to the Scottish Music Centre – here you can browse their collections of sheet music, recordings and books and magazines about music.
Merchant Voices Our adult community choir resumes its weekly rehearsals. The Merchant Voices cover the widest range of vocal repertoire and musical styles and is open to adults of all ages. No previous musical experience is required and new members are always welcome! Dates: Time: Venue: Price:
Wed 3rd September for 6 weeks Wed 22nd October for 6 weeks 6:30pm City Halls, Studio 1 Free
Music For Early Ears Learning through creative play is at the heart of these weekly music classes for parents/carers and young children. Learn new songs, try different ways of making music and have a whole lot of fun. Dates: Time:
Saturday 30th August for 5 weeks Saturday 25th October for 6 weeks 1:30pm (age 2) 2:30pm (ages 3 + 4) City Halls, Studio 2 £15 for 5 weeks and £18 for 6 weeks
October Holiday Activities Consider Yourself a Musical Star If you love to sing and dance and dream of stardom on the musical stage then this day long event is for you! You will improve your vocal techniques and polish your dance moves whilst having lots of musical fun! The day will end with an informal performance. (Please wear comfortable shoes and bring along a packed lunch). Date: Time: Price:
Monday 13th October 10:30am – 3:30pm (ages 7 – 12) £12
Music and Light Beams Trigger one of the colourful beams of light in our amazing Optimusic system and explore a fascinating world of musical and comical noises! Our tutor will have you chasing the beams, creating your own music with them, and rolling over with laughter at some of the silly sounds you will discover. Date: Time:
Tuesday 14th October 1pm (ages 3 – 6) 2:30pm (ages 7 – 11) £4
No matter your age, experience or musical taste, with so much going on, we are sure you’ll find something to try out.
City Halls is child friendly and fully accessible and our location in the Merchant City is handy for all forms of public transport. So if you find yourself at a loose end or just want to have a go at something new, come on in and Join Us.
Mini Music Makers
Join Claire McCue and her puppet friends, as she opens up the world of music to tiny ears. Through her great repertoire of musical games, songs and activities she will have your child enjoying music and learning creative skills at the same time!
Our music tutor invites you to join her on a magical musical journey using stories, songs, games and percussion.
Tuesdays 26th August for 7 weeks 10am & 2:10pm (ages 12 – 24 months) 11am (ages 2 – 3) 12pm (ages 3 – 4) 13:15pm (ages 0 – 12 months) City Halls, Studio 2 £21 for 7 weeks
Singing Workshop with the Russian Choir The Russian Choir was formed in Glasgow in 2004. Their repertoire includes the liturgical music used in the services of the Russian Orthodox Church and music from the classical Russian repertoire from composers such as Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and many others. Led by their renowned Ukrainian conductor Vladimir Morozov, they will teach you several pieces which you will sing in a short performance at the end of the workshop. No need to be able to read Russian or music to take part! www.therussianchoir.org.uk Date: Time: Venue: Price:
Saturday 4th October 2pm City Halls, Studio 2 Free
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Thursday 16th October 11:30am (ages 3 – 6) 1:30pm (ages 3 – 6) £4
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October 13th Ensembles
As a key partner in City Halls, Glasgow Education & Social Work Services is able to offer City Halls as the council’s Centre for Music Training and Performance for the benefit of the young people of Glasgow. A wide variety of ensembles use City Halls as their main rehearsal and performance venue. These include:
Teachers from throughout the city have benefited from the custom designed training facilities in City Halls. Since City Halls opened in January 2006, over 1500 teachers have attended training sessions. The ICT Suite has provided a ‘high tech’ environment for the delivery of both Interactive Whiteboard and Sound Engineering training.
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Glasgow Schools’ Symphony Orchestra Glasgow Schools’ Training Orchestra Glasgow Schools’ String Ensemble Glasgow Schools’ Concert Band Glasgow Schools’ Big Band
The programme has expanded to include instrumental lessons. Primary children are offered the opportunity to receive tuition in Cello, Violin or French Horn. In addition to the above activities, one hundred and eighty primary children from schools throughout Glasgow attend The Voice Factory at City Halls on Saturday mornings as part of Glasgow City Council’s YMI programme. The children receive intensive music training provided by staff from GCC and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
Glasgow Education & Social Work Service’s commitment to City Halls has resulted in several new and exciting partnerships being formed. These include working with the: — BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Songs from the Shows — Scottish Youth Theatre on the music theatre project – How to Create an Avitar — National Youth Choir of Scotland – The Voice Factory
RSNO – The 08:09 Season Beethoven and Strauss Favourites Venue: Price: Venue:
Sat 11 Oct, 7:30pm £32, £24, £17.50, £13, £10 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Beethoven Beethoven Richard Strauss Richard Strauss
Stéphane Denève Paul Lewis
Leonore Overture No.3 in C major, Op.72 Piano Concerto No.2 Suite from Der Rosenkavalier Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks Conductor Piano
The International Classical Season 2008/2009 Yuri Temirkanov with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Venue: Price: Venue:
Sun 12 Oct, 7:30pm £28, £22, £15 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Introduction and Allegro, Op.47 Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat major, Op.23 Enigma Variations
Yuri Temirkanov Elisso Virsaladze
The perfect ingredients for an evening of elegant favourites with the RSNO: one of the most popular overtures of the concert stage, a pianist famous for his Beethoven interpretations, and two of Richard Strauss' best-loved works, including the orchestral suite from his lavish opera Der Rosenkavalier.
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, whose last appearance was described as having a “big crowd, phenomenal atmosphere and a concert in a thousand” by Michael Tumelty of The Herald, return to The Hall under their current Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Yuri Temirkanov.
6:45pm Pre-concert talk with David Danzmayr (RSNO Assistant Conductor.)
As well as performing Elgar’s most famous orchestral work, the Enigma Variations, the Orchestra will be joined by acclaimed pianist Elisso Virsaladze for Tchaikovsky’s immensely popular Piano Concerto No.1.
The Acoustic Affair Ben Sturrock Venue: Price: Venue:
Sat 11 Oct, 8pm £10 City Halls, Recital Room
Inspired by the sounds of Ray Lamontagne, Van Morrison, and Paul Simon, Ben Sturrock has a unique and soulful voice that captures your attention from the first note. This last year has seen him steadily raise his profile through supports with Hafids Huld, as well as being the winner of the Acoustic Affair’s '3 of the Best Breaking Songwriters' competition in 2007.
An Evening with Ray Mears Date/Time: Mon 13 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £20 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall Over the last decade the name Ray Mears has become recognised throughout the world as being an authority on the subject of bushcraft and survival. This show will take you on a journey to some of the most extreme corners of the world, with Ray sharing his experiences over the past 15 years in the making of his celebrated television programmes.
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RAF in Concert
October 16th RSNO Naked Classics Johannes' 2nd Joanna Concerto Date/Time: Thu 16 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £10 (U16s go free, U26s £5) Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium “Some little piano pieces,” said Johannes Brahms of his massive Piano Concerto No.2. The work is so big, in fact, that some say it should be called a symphony, not a concerto. But what's the difference? And does it matter? These questions and more are tackled, using graphics, excerpts, lighting, interviews and solos by presenter Paul Rissmann, conductor Stéphane Denève and guest soloist Steven Osborne.
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Date/Time: Fri 17 Oct, 1pm Price: £4 in advance, £5 on the day Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite
Historian and former diplomat David Stafford has written extensively on espionage, intelligence and the Second World War. His latest book Endgame 1945 is a gripping and moving novel which tells the story of soldiers and civilians who are enduring the daily horrors and hardships of the aftermath of the war.
A book which looks behind the headlines of history, its strength lies in using ordinary men with ordinary voices. It shows that victory in Europe was not the end of the story as it only raised new problems. Would families be reunited? Would lives be rebuilt? Would freedom and democracy rise from the ashes?
October 19th Eddi Reader Date/Time: Fri 17 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £21.50, £18.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Scottish singer-songwriter, Eddi Reader is known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career. Her latest solo album Peacetime, released in January 2007, was produced by fellow Scottish folk musician John McCusker and features Burns composed songs, alongside brand new material with longtime collaborator Boo Hewerdine and Trashcan Sinatras' John Douglas.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Season 2008/09 Adventurer: Elegies Date/Time: Fri 17 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £12 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall Brett Dean Takemitsu Takemitsu Rehnqvist
Pastoral Symphony Tree Line Requiem New Work
Olari Elts Helena Ek Maria Keohane SCO Chorus
Conductor Soprano Soprano
Spiritual depth and brooding drama mark Karin Rehnqvist’s music. Her new work is a kind of requiem, though reflecting hope and consolation as much as the darker aspects of loss. It is matched with elegiac miniatures by the great Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu and Australian Brett Dean’s own moving requiem for a changing world; music inspired by Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and filled with birdsong. 6:30pm – Pre-concert talk: Karin Rehnqvist talks to Svend Brown about her new work.
The Acoustic Affair in association with Glasgay: David Ferrard Date/Time: Fri 17 Oct, 8pm Price: £10 Venue: City Halls, Recital Room
RAF in Concert Date/Time: Sun 19 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £19.50, £16.50, £13.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Described as Scotland's answer to Rufus Wainwright by the Glasgow Evening Times, David's gentle style, crystal clear voice and artful song-writing have taken him to major festival stages, as well as more intimate gigs for Pride and IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia). David's debut album, Broken Sky, was named ‘album of the week’ by BBC Radio Scotland, The Herald, and Celtic Music Radio. His Scottish/American songs are a blend of the personal and political.
The critically acclaimed musicians of the Royal Air Force present a musical journey through light classics, jazz, big band and music from the shows to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force.
RSNO – The 08:09 Season Osborne Plays Brahms
Concert in Support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
Date/Time: Sat 18 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £32, £24, £17.50, £13, £10 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium Berlioz Roussel Brahms
Roman Carnival Overture Symphony No.1 Le poème de la foret Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat
Stéphane Denève Steven Osborne
The RSNO's introductions to Roussel in the concert hall and on CD have thrilled audiences across the nation and won major awards around the world. This evening they explore his pastoral and impressionistic Poem of the Forest. Plus Steven Osborne, one of Scotland's most renowned classical soloists, performs his favourite concerto: Brahms' intense, moving and dramatic Second Piano Concerto. 6:45pm Pre-concert talk with Rowena Smith
With special performances by The RAF Squadronaires and The Salon Orchestra of the Central Band of the RAF and a triumphant finale reminiscent of the Last Night of the Proms, this is a concert for all the family to enjoy.
Norma Winstone Trio Date/Time: Sun 19 Oct, 8pm Price: £14 Venue: City Halls, Recital Room Norma Winstone’s Distances is a magical collaboration with long-time partners Italian pianist Glauco Venier, whose influences stem from jazz, classical and folk, and German reeds player Klaus Gesing whose bass clarinet moves from real bass to lyrical, solo flights. Songs include Cole Porter's Every Time We Say Goodbye, Peter Gabriel's Here Comes The Flood, Giant's Gentle Stride (an original tribute to Coltrane) and powerful tunes with irresistible melody and visually-evocative words.
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Moscow Ballet La Classique Coppélia
Conversation Pieces Glen Michael
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: The Symphonic Collection: Tchaikovsky 4
Date/Time: Tue 21 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £23.50, £20, £16.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Date/Time: Thu 23 Oct, 1pm Price: £4 in advance, £5 on the day Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite
Date/Time: Thu 23 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £23, £19, £16, £10 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall
Moscow Ballet La Classique perform Coppélia, a classical ballet in three acts, regarded as one of the jewels of the genre and one of its true comedies. In a love story infused with charm and comedy, Coppélia, an amazingly life-like doll, captivates the young Franz, to the despair of his fiancé Swanilda, but true love eventually wins the day in this truly enchanting tale of eccentric old toymaker, Doctor Coppélius, and his clockwork creation. Together with a supporting cast of youthful, mischievous characters, this is a hugely enjoyable dance-spectacular, perfect for ballet lovers of all ages!
Best known and loved as the host of one of STV’s most popular programmes Cavalcade, Glen Michael introduced generations of Scots to some of the world’s greatest cartoons over its 26 year run.
One Night with Elvis
Date/Time: Wed 22 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £25 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Date/Time: Thu 23 & Fri 24 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £23.50, £22.50, £19.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Best known for his early 1970s hits Alone Again (Naturally), Clair and Get Down, O’Sullivan takes to the road following recent performances at Glastonbury. His latest album A Scruff At Heart (what he considers himself) is a radical departure from his most recent band albums. This is simply the sound of O'Sullivan, his piano and his extraordinary songs bolstered only by the striking inclusion of strings and woodwind.
One Night with Elvis is a full evening show paying tribute to the early days of pure hip-swivelling rock n roll, the ‘68 Come Back Special and Elvis's Las Vegas performances. With his outstanding band and singers, this spectacular recreation of Elvis Presley on stage features Lee 'Memphis' King, the UK’s most successful Elvis impersonator, who was a finalist in The World’s Greatest Elvis and in a special edition of The Weakest Link.
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His aptly titled autobiography, Life’s a Cavalcade, makes interesting reading as, in a career which has spanned more than 60 years, he has worked with hundreds of legends of stage and screen. He will discuss his personal recollections of working with stars such as Peter Sellars, Chic Murray, Thora Hird, Ronnie Corbett, Clint Eastwood and many, many more.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Season 2008/09 Mørk plays CPE Bach Date/Time: Fri 24 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £24, £20, £17, £11 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall
John Mackey Gershwin Tchaikovsky
Redline Tango (UK Premiere) Piano Concerto in F Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36
Haydn CPE Bach Beethoven
Symphony No.102 Cello Concerto Symphony No.1
Andrew Litton Stewart Goodyear
Eivind Aadland Truls Mørk
American conductor Andrew Litton makes a welcome return to the BBC SSO, bringing with him Gershwin's racy Piano Concerto an ideal vehicle for the prodigiously gifted young Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear, at 27 already a regular soloist with the major North American orchestras. Litton's special affinity with Russian music promises a powerful and memorable interpretation of Tchaikovsky's most popular symphony. 6:45pm – Pre-concert prelude: Andrew Litton on the magic of Gershwin. Post-concert coda: Stewart Goodyear plays music of his own and by Maurice Ravel.
The popular Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk joins fellow countryman, conductor Eivind Aadland in CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor. Bach’s lovely cello concertos date from the 1750s, with all the well-sprung rhythm and grace of their age, whilst the two symphonies in the programme are almost contemporary, and share a penchant for musical jokes.
Children's Classic Concerts Time Travellers Date/Time: Sat 25 Oct, 3pm Price: Child £6, Family £29 (2 adults, 2 children) Season saver – book all 4 concerts Child £20, Adult £36 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Julian Clayton Alasdair Malloy
A time vortex has opened over the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall but fortunately Alasdair "Time Lord" Malloy is on hand with his sonic screwdriver and some musical magic to help us travel safely through it. Prepare for an adventure through time and space with plenty of astral antics and audience participation along the way. Avoid extermination by coming dressed as the Doctor himself or challenge his power by coming as one of his enemies! There'll be prizes for the best costumes!
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RSNO – The 08:09 Season Bruch's Violin Concerto Date/Time: Sat 25 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £32, £24, £17.50, £13, £10 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Glazunov Bruch Mussorgsky/ Stokowski José Serebrier Rachel Barton-Pine
La Mer Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Pictures at an Exhibition
An evening of ever-changing musical pictures as Glazunov's fantasy of stormy seas and shifting oceans gives way to the most beautiful and popular of violin concertos, Bruch's G Minor. Leopold Stokowski's brilliant and spectacular arrangement of Pictures at an Exhibition follows.
gow’s cer t Halls gow Royal cert Hall Halls Fruitmarket And who better to conduct it than José Serebrier, who watched, learned and conducted at Stokowski's side? 6:45pm Pre-concert talk with Katherine Wren (RSNO Viola).
Date/Time: Sat 25 Oct, 8pm Price: £15 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite
Irish singer Sean O’Farrell, whose rich voice and perceptive lyrics have won him many fans, is on tour to promote his latest album, Life is a Teacher. Performing backed by Daniel O’Donnell’s band, Sean will perform songs from his new album, along side some old favourites.
O’Farrell is influenced by his great friend Daniel O’Donnell and worked closely with him on his latest album, indeed O’Donnell wrote two of the songs on the album and duets with O’Farrell on another.
Date/Time: Sun 26 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £18.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Date/Time: Tue 28 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £17, £15 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Once the distinctive and unforgettable voice of Dr. Hook, Dennis Locorriere is now a successful solo artist in his own right. He returns to the UK this year celebrating the very best of his own solo work and the catalogue of classic Dr Hook songs such as Sylvia's Mother, When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman, A Little Bit More and the original version of The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan. Dennis’s achievements as a solo artist now feature two critically acclaimed solo albums, appearances at Glastonbury and several international tours.
Legendary singer-songwriter Charlie Landsborough pays tribute to some of his favourite writers as well as performing his own songs. His heartfelt, telling lyrics and his very human anecdotes captivate his audiences wherever he performs. His music, which ranges from inspirational to country, from ballad to anthem, truly hits the spot. While on stage he is as entertaining as he is melodic.
An Evening of Clairvoyance with Psychic Medium Colin Fry Date/Time: Mon 27 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £20 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Psychic medium Colin Fry has been conducting private sittings and performing at public demonstrations since he was 17 years old. 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry was Colin’s first TV show which has been seen by millions of viewers worldwide. Colin is the head of International College of Spiritual Science and Healing in Sweden where he regularly teaches on many subjects from psychic skills to positive thinking. He believes that ‘for those who believe, no evidence is necessary and for those who don’t believe, no evidence is ever enough’. An Evening of Clairvoyance with Psychic Medium Colin Fry is for entertainment and educational purposes only and should be deemed an experiment.
Maximum Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Date/Time: Thu 30 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £22, £19.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium The Maximum Rhythm ‘n' Blues tour reunites original Manfred members Paul Jones, Mike D'Abo, Tom McGuinness and Mike Hugg, pioneers of the groundbreaking British rhythm ‘n' blues scene, who will perform their classic hits, including Do Wah Diddy Diddy, 5-4-3-2-1 and Mighty Quinn.
Conversation Pieces Graeme Pearson Date/Time: Fri 31 Oct, 1pm Price: £4 in advance, £5 on the day Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite One of the UK’s most outspoken and respected senior police officers, Graeme Pearson will provide the inside story on his remarkable 40 year career as he rose through the ranks to ultimately lead the fight against serious organised crime as head of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. His book The Enforcer – A Life Fighting Crime is a very personal tale which shows that the lessons he learned in the tough environment in which he grew up stayed with him as he crossed swords with some of the UK’s most fearsome and brutal gangsters.
RSNO – The 08:09 Season Hallowe’en Classics: Spooky Favourites for all the Family Date/Time: Fri 31 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £12.50 Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium Arnold Mussorgsky Wendel
Tam o' Shanter Overture Night on the Bare Mountain Ride of the Headless Horseman
Join Christopher Bell and the Orchestra (as you've never seen them before!) for the biggest and best Hallowe’en event in Glasgow, a rowdy ghost-ride through the spookiest classical tunes imaginable. Come in fancy dress: there are prizes for the best costumes! Sponsored by Western Saab
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Season 2008/09 Mackerras and Pizarro Date/Time: Fri 31 Oct, 7:30pm Price: £24, £20, £17, £11 Venue: City Halls, Grand Hall Mozart Beethoven Mozart Sir Charles Mackerras Artur Pizarro
Symphony No.31 Paris Piano Concerto No.4 Symphony No.36 Linz Conductor Piano
‘Mackerras, Mozart and Beethoven’ is a phrase designed to fill any music-lover’s heart with joy; add Pizarro and you have an exceptional treat. Rounding off the programme, Mackerras and the SCO continue their critically acclaimed journey through the later symphonies of Mozart.
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EAT, DRINK AND SOCIALISE Duke Orsino proclaimed in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night “If music be the food of love, play on.” But at Glasgow’s Concert Halls we’re not just about the music – we’re in love with our food too! Where better to meet friends and family before a concert than at the venue itself! The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall has six separate bar areas and the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket have three bars, ensuring you don’t have to walk too far to take your seats. You can also pre-order interval drinks before the concert starts and they’ll be waiting for you at the start of the interval, meaning less time standing in queues and more time to chat about the first half!
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall The Green Room at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is our flagship restaurant that overlooks Buchanan Street. Singled out by The List’s Eating and Drinking Guide Hitlist 2007/08 as being one of Glasgow’s best restaurants in an arts venue, it’s the ultimate location for that special pre-concert meal, safe in the knowledge you are only a few steps away from your seat in the auditorium. The Green Room’s menu changes monthly allowing Chef to create a new selection of delicious dishes – made with the finest Scottish ingredients – to complement the season. If you’d rather just have a quick bite before the concert, or if you fancy visiting us during the day for a coffee and a catch up with friends, the Café Bar at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Bazaar Bar at City Halls are the places for you.
City Halls The Bazaar Bar at City Halls is a relaxed café and bar tucked away from the bustle of the Merchant City. Bazaar prides itself in serving wholesome, simple snacks and meals, guaranteed to be made from fresh, seasonal produce, sourced by Head Chef Ross.
Shop & Snack The Café Bar at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a haven from the busy shopping district outside and specialises in made to order sandwiches, filled baked potatoes and other light meals, along with Fairtrade tea and coffee with delicious pastries and cakes.
Browse & Brunch Both the Café Bar and Bazaar Bar have pay-as-yougo wireless internet access provided by The Cloud, so if you’re looking for a tasty place to host your next business lunch, we’ve got it covered. Visit www.glasgowconcerthalls.com to view the latest menus and opening hours!
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Job Search Live RSNO: Free Lunchtime Concert Sat 6 Caledon Sun 7 Jagjit Singh Tue 9 Emmylou Harris Wed 10 The Merchant Voices Thu 11 The Russian Classical Ballet Fri 12 Don Cossacks State Dance Company In Search of Chopin: Celebrating Chopin's Visit to Scotland Sat 13 Idol 2008 Auditions Wed 17 The Merchant Voices Thu 18 Conversation Pieces: Ian Hamilton QC Sat 20 & Sun 21 Scotland's Organic Food Festival Wed 24 The Merchant Voices Thu 25 An Audience with Sally Morgan BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven 9 Fri 26 Beyond the Barricade Conversation Pieces: Ian Rankin Sat 27 Jeremy Hardy RSNO: Classic Bites Sun 28 Merchant City Festival: Scottish Comedian of The Year Grand Final Merchant City Festival The Acoustic Affair: International Guitar Night Mon 29 Joan Baez
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OMD The Merchant Voices Fruitmarket Folk: Drever, McCusker, Woomble Scottish Ensemble: Red The International Classical Season: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky with the London Philharmonic Orchestra BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Hear and Now RSNO 08:09 Season: Denève Conducts Mahler 5 Level 42 Tindersticks Robert Heindel – Encore The Merchant Voices Wizz-Bang Roadshow BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: The Story Tellers Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade Art Garfunkel Scottish Chamber Orchestra Season 2008/09: Beethoven's Emperor RSNO 08:09 Season: Beethoven and Strauss Favourites The Acoustic Affair: Ben Sturrock
What’s On at a glance – October
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The International Classical Season: Yuri Temirkanov with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra An Evening with Ray Mears RSNO Naked Classics: Johannes' 2nd Joanna Concerto Conversation Pieces: David Stafford Eddi Reader Scottish Chamber Orchestra Season 2008/09 Adventurer: Elegies The Acoustic Affair: David Ferrard RSNO 08:09 Season: Osborne Plays Brahms RAF in Concert Norma Winstone Trio Moscow Ballet La Classique: Coppelia Gilbert O'Sullivan The Merchant Voices BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra The Symphonic Collection: Tchaikovsky 4 Conversation Pieces: Glen Michael One Night with Elvis Scottish Chamber Orchestra Season 2008/09 Mørk plays CPE Bach Children's Classic Concerts: Time Travellers RSNO 08:09 Season: Bruch's Violin Concerto Sean O'Farrell Dennis Locorriere An Evening of Clairvoyance with Psychic Medium Colin Fry Charlie Landsborough Maximum Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Conversation Pieces: Graeme Pearson RSNO 08:09 Season: Hallowe’en Classics Scottish Chamber Orchestra Season 2008/09 Mackerras and Pizarro
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0141 353 8000 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com Booking Booking details
Mon – Fri:
9am – 6pm
By phone: 0141 353 8000
10am – 6pm
In person: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY
Opening hours may vary, please contact the box office to confirm. The box office will remain open later on concert evenings.
Mon – Sat Mon – Sat
10am – 6pm 12noon – 6pm
City Halls and Old Fruitmarket Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
Counter opening times Glasgow Royal Concert Hall City Halls
Sunday opening hours may vary, please contact the box office to confirm. The box office counter will remain open later on concert evenings.
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Tickets for all performances can be booked at both box office locations. Methods of Payment Glasgow’s Concert Halls accept the following methods of payment: cash, cheques made payable to Glasgow Cultural Enterprises Ltd., all major credit cards and debit cards (excluding American Express and Diners Club) or by redeeming Glasgow’s Concert Halls gift vouchers. Concession Tickets and Booking Fees Concession prices are available for certain performances, please ask at the time of booking. Booking fees may apply for certain shows where a credit or debit card is used. A transaction charge of 75p applies to all phone and online bookings.
Access Information Guide dogs are welcome at Glasgow’s Concert Halls.
Parking at City Halls Both Glasgow’s Concert Halls’ box offices, the gift shop & café bar at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Bazaar bar at City Halls all utilise the induction loop hearing system for audio enhancement of one to one conversations. Wheelchairs are available on request in Glasgow’s Concert Halls and can be pre-booked via the box office. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Access for those with mobility difficulties is via the north entrance at Killermont Street where there is a lift to all levels. City Halls and Old Fruitmarket All entrances at City Halls and Old Fruitmarket are fully accessible to those with mobility difficulties, and lift access is available to all levels.
Glasgow’s Concert Halls are fitted with Sennheiser infrared assisted hearing systems. The infrared system is a high quality audio alternative to the induction loop system, specially designed for use in large auditorium, via a headset receiver. It can be used as a stand alone hearing aid or as an enhancement to an existing hearing aid. Headsets are available from the cloakroom for a £5 refundable deposit. Headsets can be pre-booked via the box office.
Glasgow’s Concert Halls is an operating name of Glasgow Cultural Enterprises Ltd which is a registered Scottish charity No: SC002932 All details were correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Design: www.thehubagency.com
Don’t worry about where to park near City Halls – the lovely people from the Q Park on Albion Street offer City Halls and Old Fruitmarket patrons parking from 6pm – 12midnight for just £1.20. All you have to do is pick up a voucher as you leave the halls. For more details contact our box office.
ENJOY SAFE, SECURE AND COST-EFFECTIVE PARKING IN THE BUCHANAN GALLERIES’ CAR PARK – RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL. Open until 11.30pm, it has entrances on Killermont Street (next door to GRCH) and Cathedral Street. SAVE TIME AT THE END OF THE EVENING–pay in advance at the Car Park Control Room (Killermont Street entrance). GOING TO A SERIES OF CONCERTS? – purchase your parking tickets for the season in advance.
ENTRANCE & EXIT
EXCLUSIVELY FOR CONCERT HALL GUESTS Park for only £1 from 5.30pm-11.30pm – available on presentation of your concert ticket to the Car Park Control Room at the Killermont Street entrance.
For more information please contact 0141 333 9898 or go to www.buchanangalleries.co.uk