Ensemble 360, more precisely, Ruth Gibson: viola, and Tim Horton: piano, with a rather attractive 60 minutes of Prokofiev (arr Borisovsky): Four Pieces from Romeo and Juliet – Introduction, Mercutio, Dance of the Knights and The Young Juliet; Britten: Lachrymae; and Franck: a transcription of the Violin Sonata in A. Music in the Round. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday, 24th of November, 12.45pm – £13, £8.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
University Masters Students, give a Rush-Hour concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 24th of November, 5.45pm – free.
Sound Junction Weekend, four concerts of electroacoustic music. To quote the advertising for them: “Cinema for the ear – electronic music that transcends barriers… an immersive experience of three-dimensional sound,” and each “featuring an internationally renowned electroacoustic artist.” Concert 1: new works by Chilean composer Alejandro Albornoz; Friday, 7.30pm. Concert 2: includes performances from guests, composer Emma Margetson and sound artist Annie Mahtani; Saturday, 1pm. Concert 3: includes a performance by guest composer Elizabeth Anderson; Saturday, 7.30pm. Concert 4: featuring performances from York University Music Department as part of a collaborative 3x3 series – electroacoustic work from Sheffield, York and Leeds universities; Sunday, 1pm. Sheffield University Concert Season (Sound Laboratory strand), all Firth Hall, Western Bank. Free admission to each concert, but booking is required: www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts or 0333 666 3366.
English Chamber Orchestra, the internationally celebrated body of musicians return with a largely familiar programme the exception, perhaps, being the opening piece, Haydn’s Symphony No 49 La Passione, although the nickname is not his – none of the umpteen soubriquets attached to his symphonies are! This one is thought to have originated before or after a Holy Week outing for the symphony two decades after it was penned, the stimulus being its sombre opening movement. Research 200 years later revealed that in all likelihood it began life as theatre music for a comedy and had nothing remotely to do with the events of Holy Week. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola; Barber: Adagio for strings; and Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings, with Stephanie Gonley: director/ violin, and Ofer Falk: viola. Sheffield International Concert Season. City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, offer a somewhat opportunity rare to hear one of Hindemith’s more popular pieces, Symphonic Metamorphosis, a four-movement work based on themes by Weber, initially written as ballet music for dance impresario Léonide Massine should you not be aware. One of the reasons it fell through was because Massine expressed a preference for stricter adherence of Weber’s music than Hindemith’s free adaptations when he was shown what became the first and third movements of the Metamorphosis when the composer eventually produced the work, most of it drawn from Weber piano duets. Book-ending it here are Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, and Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3, with the SSO’s former music director who has heavy involvement with Northern Ballet, John Longstaff as the organ soloist and its present MD, Juan Ortuño conducting. St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 unwaged, £5 students, children.
University Student Choir, give a Rush-Hour concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand), Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free.
New Music Ensemble, includes a tribute to Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) with performances of Seven In Nomine (1965) and Renaissance Scottish Dances (seven of those, too, 1973) directed by George Nicholson. Sheffield University Concert Season (Sound Laboratory strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – free, but booking is required: www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts or 0333 666 3366.
Leonore Piano Trio, Benjamin Nabarro: violin, Gemma Rosefield: cello, and Tim Horton: piano, reach the third stop of eight on a journey through the complete violin sonatas, cello sonatas and piano trios by Beethoven with performances of the Violin Sonata Op 47 Kreutzer, 12 Variations on Handel's See the conquering hero comes for cello and piano WoO 45, and Piano Trio: Op 1 No 3. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 30th of November, 7.15 –9.05pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Rita, final four of a run of six performances round local pubs (and one café) for Donizetti’s 60-minute, one-act comic opera from Opera on Location with Gareth Lloyd and Matthew Palmer both wishing they were not married to Andrea Tweedale! Sentinel Brewing Company, 178 Shoreham Street, S1 4SQ, Friday, 12.45pm and 5.45pm – and, on Monday: Blue Moon Café, 2 St James Row, S1 2EW, 2pm; The Red Deer, 18 Pitt Street, S1 4DD, 5.45pm – free.
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