Rossini, the ‘marvel and the mystery’ of the composer explored by Ann Wilkinson for the Sheffield Recorded Music Society at Millennium Hall, Polish Catholic Centre, 518-520 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PY, Friday, 1.45 –3.45pm – £3.
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the former Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, its full title being Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and the composer himself is heard here to the strains of his Sixth Symphony, the Pathetique. Borodin gets the concert underway with the Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor followed by the Violin Concerto by Sibelius with Jennifer Pike as the soloist in a work she recently become closely identified with. The conductor is effectively the orchestra’s ‘assistant artistic director’, Denis Lotoev. Sheffield International Concert Season. City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
Glow Quartet, Trish Clowes: saxophone, Gareth Williams: piano, an already formidable, risk-taking duo, and then added Callum Gourlay: bass, and Martin France: drums, to the line up and became even more so. Sheffield Jazz in association with Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15 –9.45pm – £16, £12.50 concessions, £7 students, £3 under 16s.
Roald Dahl Day, a Music in the Round special, in partnership with Off the Shelf (Festival of Words), you could say marking 100 years since the birth of the author with a Family Concert featuring Martin Butler’s realisation of Dirty Beasts in music and Rory Boyle that of Dahl’s re-telling of Cinderella from the Manchester Camerata Ensemble and Polly Ives narrating, Crucible Studio, 11am –12noon; repeated 1.30pm – £8, £5 under 18s.
Edward the Conqueror, Dahl’s tale of a long-haired white cat that turns out to be extremely musical while listening to piano music by Bach, Schumann, Liszt and Chopin mentioned in the short story. Here, pieces by them are incorporated into it played by Mishka Rushdie Momen – described as a ‘rising star’ – as highly respected stage and TV actress Deborah Findlay (replacing Richard Wilson who is recovering from illness) tells the tale. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 7.15 –9.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Kefaya, which translates as ‘enough’ and is a group headed by John Ball: santoor, and Giuliano Modarelli: guitar, that sets out to shatter the boundaries of music through a fusion of folk traditions in Arab countries, India, Spain, Italy and the UK. Afghan singer Elaha Soroor guests here at a concert in the Global Soundtracks strand of the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – in advance: £14, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee); on the door: £16, £12 over 65, unwaged, £7 under 26, students.
Ensemble 360, piano trios by Haydn: in G, Hob XV:25 Gypsy, and Schubert: in B flat, book-end the Horn Trio by Brahms, a work in which he said he preferred the old-fashioned ‘Waldhorn’, or hunting horn, to be used; although, even if she could put her hands on one, Naomi Atherton is highly unlikely to oblige him. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 26th of October, 7.15 –9.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Don Giovanni, a Michael Grandage staging of Mozart’s opera beamed live in HD from the New York Metropolitan Opera with Simon Keenlyside scheduled to be in the title role, another Brit as Masetto, Matthew Rose, and the Met’s principal conductor Fabio Luisi on the orchestra pit podium for this performance. Cineworld Sheffield, Broughton Lane, Saturday, 5.55pm – £20.70, £16.70 concessions, £2 and £1.60 cheaper, respectively if you create a Cineworld online account.
La Bohème, Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International return with another indestructible opera by Puccini – not clear whether it’s anchored by her favourite company from Chisinau, but it is said to be a new production: traditional, of course! The Mimi, Ecaterina Danu, is Moldovan, while the Musetta, Olga Perrier, is French (the cast is subject to change we are told) and both appear to sing on international stages. City Hall, Wednesday, 26th of October, 7.30pm – £33.50, £25.50, £19.50, £5 off concessions.
A Flute Player’s Blueprint, one-day workshop with Dr Jessica Quiñones in partnership with Rachel Shirley and Sheffield Flute Choir for flute players of all levels aged 18-plus at Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 29th of October 2016, 10am -5pm: £60. Details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/a-flute-players-blueprint.html
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