Yiddish Folksongs, another fascinating lunchtime recital when internationally acclaimed soprano Juliana Yaffé brings her world-wide touring programme of eleven East European Jewish vocal gems to the city along with John Yaffé: piano, a celebrated musician and conductor in his own right, and Adrian Summerhayes: violin. Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday (January 22), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Hallé, get the Sheffield International Concert Season back underway with the orchestra’s music director Sir Mark Elder making his only trip to the city during the season to guide it through Elgar’s “passionate pilgrimage of the soul,” as he called his Symphony No 2. Proceedings begin with another passionate work, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, written for his wife Clara to play and here performed by the highly noted German pianist Martin Stadtfeld. City Hall, Friday, January 23, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. See ‘Elder conducts Elgar’ under FEATURES
Crazy Creatures, the latest of Music in the Round’s highly successful, audience-interactive children’s book adaptations to music by Paul Rissmann under its outreach and education umbrella Music in the Community unveiled last November and now presented as a Family Concert. Two stories combined at this one, The Duck With No Luck and A Cat Called Scratch by Jonathan Long and illustrator Korky Paul with the music performed by Ensemble 360 and narrated by Polly Ives. Crucible Theatre, Saturday, 2pm – £10, £6 students, children, £25 family ticket (four).
Ensemble 360, remain on the Crucible’s main stage to present a ‘Pay What You Want’ concert taking arrangements by David Matthews of Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture and Smetana’s Bartered Bride Overture; by Franz Hasenohrl of Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel; and by Laurène Durantel of the Andante from Bach’s Viola da Gamba Sonata BWV1028 for double bass and piano; plus, in original form, works by Thomas Adès: Catch for piano, violin, clarinet and piano; Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for piano and wind quintet from Musica Ricercata; and Ravel: Tzigane for violin and piano. Crucible Theatre, Saturday, 7.15pm – admission ticket 1p and pay what you think it was worth on the night. Tickets online (£1 booking fee) or from Sheffield Theatres box office (no booking fee for cash sales).
Roman Rudnytsky, the highly active worldwide American pianist of Ukrainian descent returns to perform Manuel Herrarte (1924-74) – Tres Danzas; Ravel – Miroirs and a transcription of Ma Mere l’Oye; and Liszt – another transcription, of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, at the first concert of the day featuring an internationally noted piano prodigy. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, January 30, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Angela Brownridge, here is the other one, perhaps with more renown and something of a coup for Sheffield Music Club, with a programme of Beethoven – Appassionata Sonata; Liszt – Il Penserose and Petrarch Sonnet 104 from Années di Pèlerinage Book 2; Debussy –Pour le Piano, Prélude, Sarabande, Toccata; Chopin – Sonata in B flat minor; and Scriabin – Studies No’s 1, 2, 11, 12 from Op 8. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, January 30, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s ballet (did you now it was an initial failure?) relayed live, direct from the Bolshoi in Moscow choreographed by the legendary Yuri Grigorovich; Sunday, 3pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sunday, 3pm – £13.
Andrea Chénier, somewhat rare staging of the super French Revolution opera by Giordano with everyone’s favourite tenor these days, Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, although he shouldn’t steal the show with soprano Eve-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena de Coigny (Rosalind Plowright plays her mother!) and Željko Lučić as Carlo Gerard around as well. Live relay from the Royal Opera House of a new production by David McVicar conducted by Antonio Pappano; Thursday (January 29) 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions (recorded repeat here, Sunday, February 1, 2pm).
Les Contes d’Hoffmann, revival staging of Bartlett Sher’s production of Offenbach’s opera (The Tales of Hoffmann) relayed live from the New York Metropolitan with that rare animal these days, an Italian tenor of international repute, Vittorio Grigolo as the poet who relates his ill-luck in love with sparkling array of sopranos, Erin Morley: Olympia; Hibla Gerzmava (who doubles as Stella): Antonia; and a Brit, Christine Rice: Giulietta, who gets to sing the ubiquitous Barcarolle with Hoffmann’s muse Nicklausse: Kate Lindsey, while manipulating all as the opera’s four villains is Thomas Hampson. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, January 31, 5.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday: February 5; March 5; March 26; May 7; June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3, 1pm – £6. Book online, via the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789 and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office
Come and Sing Brahms Requiem, all welcome at a University of Sheffield Singers’ Society-anchored workshop-cum-rehearsal with a performance at Firth Hall on February 28. University of Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank (across the road from Firth Hall and stood back a little lower down), Saturday, February 14, 10am-5pm – £25. Find out more on the website and Facebook page.
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives with a singer/ songwriter and guitarist helping out of this occasion. Crucible Studio, Saturday, April 4, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. To find out more or to book go to www.musicintheround.co.uk Alternatively, contact Fraser Wilson, email@example.com or call 0114 281 4660.
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.