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Friday, 26th of May, 7pm
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Simonov: conductor
Freddy Kempf: piano
Sheffield International Concert Season, City Hall
Difficult to imagine the orchestra’s long-standing distinguished, often flamboyant music director not having a ball at the last concert in the present season before the final curtain comes down after the riotous last movement of Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony.
Before it, Rachmaninov’s familiar Second Piano Concerto is preceded by music perhaps few will have heard from Mussorgsky’s opera Khovanshchina, the atmospheric opening prelude, Dawn on the Moscow River and Dance of the Persian Maidens.
£21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
Saturday, 27th of May, 7.15pm
John Rutter Requiem
Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street
Inyerface Arts-promoted joint performance of Rutter’s setting of the Missa pro Defunctis, conducted by Daniel Timmins, featuring three choral bodies from the north west of Sheffield, Fox Valley Voices, Stannington Mixed Choir and Thurgoland Community Choir.
Each also performs under its steam, variously music that includes Purcell: Hear My Prayer; Tchaikovsky: Crown of Roses; Copland: Simple Gifts, and there is the first performance (joint or otherwise) of Night Sky Partials by Sheffield-based composer Joseph Shaw.
Among well-known local musicians in attendance are John Grundy: piano, Martin Thiselton: piano, organ, Martin Lightowler: oboe, Elliott Bailey: cello, and Hilary Osborn: soprano.
£10 on the door, under 16s free
£8 in advance, 07939 256 269, or book here.
Saturday, 3rd of June, 7.30pm
Lucy Phillips: violin
Tom Owen: piano
Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Whirlow Spirituality Centre, S11 9RX
Second in the new series of concerts at Whirlow from the Sheffield-based freelance violinist with the pianist taking time off from composer collective duties with Platform 4.
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Prelude and Fugue in C – piano
Biber: Passagalia from Rosary Sonatas – violin
Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs
Respighi: Violin Sonata (second movement)
Debussy: Violin Sonata
La Cathédrale Engloutie (Préludes, Book 1) – piano
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel Im Spiegel
Fratres – his first thoughts, for violin and piano, before its many reincarnations
£12, £10 disabled, concessions, £6 students, free ten and under, including interval drinks.
Affirmative Music For the Soul @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Friday, 2nd June, 1.30pm
A Trio of Concertos
The Vestry, Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, S7 2HA
Three concertos explored by Peter Bacon for Sheffield Recorded Music Society. Only two known, the Brahms Violin Concerto and Alan Rawsthorne’s Second Piano Concerto written for Clifford Curzon in 1951.