Scotsman critics’ choice: Five must-see shows to see this week

Belle & Sebastian

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THE Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see films, theatre and concerts for the next week

CLASSICAL: SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH EMMANUEL KRIVINE

The SCO goes 19th century this week with works by Schubert, Brahms and Wagner. Bringing alive Brahms’ Variations on a theme of Haydn, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony are the charismatic French conductor Emmanuel Krivine, right, and – in Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder – the wonderful Scots mezzo Karen Cargill. Ken Walton

Perth Concert Hall, 4 November, 01738 621031; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 0131-228 1155; City Halls Glasgow, 0141-353 8000

THEATRE: THE CHOIR

In an age of co-productions, there’s none in Scotland this year surrounded by more hope and expectation than this brand-new Scottish musical, co-produced by 
the Citizens’ Theatre and Ambassadors Theatre Group, whose UK-wide chain of theatres includes the huge Edinburgh Playhouse. Set in Wishaw, and written by Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue and Lanarkshire-born actor and writer Paul Higgins, The Choir tells the story of a group of strangers – from a Tory councillor to an Iraqi refugee – who come together, not always willingly, to sing together as part of the same community; Anne Kidd and Sandy Nelson lead a powerful cast of nine, and Dominic Hill of the Citizens’ directs. Joyce McMillan

Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, until 14 November, 0141-429 0022

POP: BELLE & SEBASTIAN

Having bitten off a little more than they could chew with their show at the Hydro earlier this year, the redoubtable Belle & Sebastian, below, inhabit the more intimate environs of Dunfermline’s Alhambra theatre to warm up for their big hometown charity bash the next night, when they head a stellar bill of Scottish musical talent spanning the generations. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Young Fathers, plus comedian Josie Long, join them in raising funds for Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal. Fiona Shepherd

Alhambra, Dundee, tomorrow; Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 2 November, www.belleandsebastian.com

ART: DY CAMERON

This is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Glasgow-born artist DY Cameron. He was a painter, but also a master etcher and author of more than 500 prints. Indeed, he was one of Scotland’s most gifted and influential printmakers. His prints are bold and strong and often strikingly simple in conception and have preserved their appeal undimmed. The National Gallery, which has unique holdings of his work, is marking the anniversary with a display of his etchings and watercolours. Duncan Macmillan

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, until 21 February, 0131-624 6200

FILM: WINGS OF DESIRE

Screening as part of the British Film Institute’s nationwide Love season, Wim Wenders’ haunting 1987 classic, starring Bruno Ganz and Solveig Dommartin, gets the immersive event cinema treatment courtesy of Glasgow Film, which follows last year’s citywide Escape from New York treasure hunt by screening Wenders’ angel-themed love story in Paisley Abbey, replete with choral singers, aerial performers and live experimental music. Alistair Harkness

Paisley Abbey, today, 0141-332 6535, www.glasgowfilm.org

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