Hitlist - The best classical & opera
• BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Thursday Night Series Not long back in Glasgow from a tour to Prague, the orchestra stays in Czech mood for Dvorak’s richly melodic Symphony No 7. Nationalist sounds from closer to home are heard in Eddie McGuire’s piece inspired by Neil Gunn’s Caithness based novel, Highland River. City Halls, Glasgow, Thu 25 Oct.
• Royal Scottish National Orchestra Hallowe’en’s not just for kids, but they do get in free to the RSNO’s alternative to Glasgow guising where spooky orchestral favourites are Dance Macabre and Rimsky-Korsakov’s arrangement of Night on a Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky, inspired by the scene of a witches’ Sabbath. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Wed 31 Oct.
• Scottish Opera: Seraglio Pirates, slavery and a brave nobleman searching Turkey for his lost love are just some of the ingredients to Mozart’s singspiel opera, also known as The Abduction from the Harem. This is the first time Scottish Opera have staged Seraglio in over 40 years, and they are now doing so in partnership with the Nationale Reisopera of the Netherlands. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 19, Sat 27, Wed 31 Oct & Sat 3 Nov; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 24, Tue 27 & Thu 29 Nov.