John-Mark Rose, young pianist, a Chetham’s School of Music alumnus and University of York graduate, who has performed widely across the north of England plays Bach: Fantasia in C minor BWV 906; the Grand Sonata in A Op 3 No 2 by the prodigiously gifted and tragic George Frederick Pinto (1785-1806); Britten: Night-Piece (Notturno); Chopin: Impromptu in F sharp Op 36; and Kabalevsky: Sonatina in C Op 13 No 1, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 15th of January, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Johann Strauss Gala, Raymond Gubbay’s annual Viennese offering waltzes into town once more with its usual mix of familiar and unfamiliar pieces from the Strauss family and the occasional ‘friend’, such as Offenbach here with the Doll Aria from The Tales of Hoffman. Otherwise, the ‘Waltz King’ dominates with The Blue Danube, Bandit’s Galop (Banditten-Galopp), Emperor Waltz, Cinderella Waltz (from a ballet he died before completing), Polka Furioso, Napoleon March, Czárdás from Pásmán the Knight (noted for its use of a dulcimer in his only opera – a dismal failure!) among others. His brother Eduard gets a look-in: Carmen Quadrille, as does his dad – you’ve guessed it, with the Radetzky March! Britain’s answer to Victor Borge, Rainer Hersch again presides over proceedings which feature soprano Samantha Hay and, as always, the Johann Strauss Dancers and Orchestra, a pick-up band; City Hall, Saturday, 16th of January, 3pm – £32 –£15.
Inja Davidović, multiple national and international award-winning Croatian pianist, currently familiar in Sheffield University circles where she is completing a PhD focusing on 19th century performance practice relating to the works of Chopin having previously studied in Moscow, Paris and Boston (USA). Inja has performed across the world giving concerts in such countries as Australia, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, the UK and USA, and on this particular UK occasion, performs Bach (she is a fortepiano specialist): English Suite No 2 in A Minor BWV 807; and Chopin (hardly a surprise!): three pieces, Nocturne Op 9 No 1, Nocturne Op 27 No 2, and Scherzo No 2 Op 31. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 22nd of January, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Hallé, get the Sheffield International Concert Season re-started after the winter holiday break and welcome back the orchestra’s first-ever principal guest conductor Cristian Mandeal who directs proceedings, taking in Schumann: Symphony No 1, also known as the Spring Symphony and was created in the depths of winter – sketched over four days, 23rd to 26th of January in 1841, as near as dammit to the actual date of this performance! Preceding it is Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, its four movements been based on a different folk tune Bruch found in a volume of traditional Scottish music he discovered in Munich Library 20 years before he actually visited Scotland. Noted young German violinist Sophia Jaffé is the soloist and the busy harp player should be Marie Leenhardt, while the concert begins with Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn – which it seems certain it wasn’t, although Brahms thought it was; City Hall, Friday, 22nd of January, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm
Les Pêcheurs de Perles, the title may well be unfamiliar in its original French to many, but everyone knows a tenor-baritone duet from it: Au fond du temple saint, or In the Depths of the Temple, as it erroneously known in English. Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers contains much other fine music, not least a once almost ubiquitous tenor aria, and you can hear (and see) it all here in the latest live matinee relay from the New York Metropolitan Opera (Caruso sang in its premiere there in 1916) with a starry cast of Mathew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien as the two Ceylonese pearl fishermen who swear eternal friendship in that duet, neither being aware that they both share a secret love for a priestess of Brahma, Diana Damrau, no less, which doesn’t go down at all well when the High Priest (Nicolas Testé) finds out. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.40, £15.60 concessions – they’re around £2 cheaper online if you register.
Show Boat, like the Mississippi River it traverses, Jerome Kern’s epic musical ‘just keeps rollin’ along’ at the Crucible Theatre, until that is the 23rd of January when its record-breaking, six-week run – the time of writing, Saturday the 16th (2.15pm performance) is sold out – comes to an end with at least one outing daily, except Sunday and Monday, before it does.
Annie, described as “the world’s favourite family musical” – Mmm! Charles Strouse’s (ignored by the publicity!) mega-hit show comes to town in a new touring production touted as starring Lesley Joseph (Birds Of a Feather) as Miss Hannigan, at the Lyceum Theatre, Monday, 18th of January to Saturday, 23rd of January, 7.30pm; also Thursday, 2pm and Saturday, 3pm – £29 –£39, except Friday, Saturday (7.30pm): £32 –£42; and Thursday (2pm): £25 –£35. NB: Friday and Saturday, limited ticket availability.
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians. Informal and practical, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and began on Thursday, 7th January, 10am –12pm, fortnightly (£15 per 2-hour session). For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Low Flutes Day, full-day workshop for ages 18-plus on playing alto, bass and contrabass flutes with specialist Carla Rees. Whether you already play a low flute, have only dabbled with them, or want to try them out, the day will help you with repertoire advice, tone production and technical problems, extended techniques, projection and intonation. Find out how low flute playing can help with your C flute playing too! This is the ideal opportunity to try new ideas, solve problems and develop your low flute playing. The day starts and ends with ensemble playing, trying out some of Carla's fabulous arrangements for groups of low flutes. Woodwind shop, Just Flutes, will also be there with a selection of instruments and sheet music to browse and try! Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sitwell Road, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 27th February 2016, 10am-5pm – £50. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/low-flutes-day.html
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see the respective websites of both in the ‘Who’s Doing It’ section of Classical Sheffield.