Malija, Mark Lockheart: saxophones, bass clarinet; Liam Noble: piano; and Jasper Høiby: bass, three leading jazz musicians – two Brits, one Dane – with a strange collective name (but look at the first two letters of each Christian name!) offer a Sheffield Jazz concert as part of Music in the Round’s spring season at the Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – £15, £12 senior citizens, unemployed, £7 students, £3 under 16.
The Hallé, hardly a strange collective name as the orchestra makes its last appearance in the current Sheffield International Concert Season with something of rarity, both Brahms piano concertos in one concert performed by Sunwook Kim with Sir Mark Elder conducting, at the City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
Tim Horton, Ensemble 360’s pianist goes solo to bring Music in the Round’s spring season in Sheffield to a close with Brahms: Klavierstücke (piano pieces) Op 119; Schumann: Sonata No 1 Op 11; Schoenberg: two pieces, Drei Klavierstücke Op 11; Six Little Pieces Op 19; and Beethoven: Sonata No 23 Op 57 Appassionata, at the Crucible Studio, Saturday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, presents its Spring Concert with a programme of Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture; Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet; and, extremely enterprisingly, Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite, cobbled from his music for the 1964 film adaptation in Russian using a translation by Boris Pasternak. As always, Christopher Gayford is the conductor, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £4 students. 07763 128 598
Madama Butterfly, the latest live relay of a Saturday afternoon matinee from the New York Metropolitan Opera and hardly in need of added comment, except to say if saw the last relay, of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Latvian soprano and highly regarded Puccini specialist Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna, here they are again in much more familiar roles, at Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.40, £15.60 concessions – around £2 cheaper online if you register.
Don Giovanni, staging of Mozart’s opera from English Touring Opera as part of its spring tour and has had bordering on rave reviews from the national press, sung in English at the Lyceum Theatre, Monday, 7.45pm – £16.50 –£28, limited availability.
Iphigénie en Tauride, second offering from English Touring Opera and an extremely rare opportunity to encounter Gluck’s neglected masterpiece and which has had similarly glowing reviews, especially for the quality of its music values with a cast headed by two Australian-born singers, mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby in the title role and baritone Craig Doyle as Orestes. Sung in its original French with English surtitles at the Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday, 7.45pm – £16.50 –£28. See ‘Drama on Tauris’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach’s hilarious and scathingly satirical operetta from Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society, although the satirical edge is on the blunt side these days. It was extremely sharp in 1858, parodying Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, wooden classical drama performances at the Comédie-Française in Paris, society scandals, Second French Empire politics – he had a go at the lot! The cast principals: Steve Andrews, Gwen Nimmo, Simon Copley, Christine Stubbs, Judy Savournin, Mike Tipler, Susan Wilkinson, Jo Hutchesson, include many-a stalwart on Sheffield’s amateur scene at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, Wednesday, 6th of April to Saturday the 9th, 7.15pm; Saturday, 2.15pm only – £13. 0114 250 7155, or 0114 236 0723 or online at https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/draft-6543
Tell Me On a Sunday, the one-act, one-woman show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black about an English girl footloose in New York who journeys to Hollywood and back singing a whole string of songs that have undergone a few changes since 1979. Fear not, Take That Look Off Your Face is still there when Jodie Prenger becomes the latest ‘girl’ to sing her way across America at Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £27.50 –£30, concessions available and post-show chat with Jodie. 01298 72190 or online at http://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/tell-me-on-a-sunday
Improvisation Workshop, with the Malija trio in town the previous evening (see Concerts), a joint invitation from Sheffield Jazz and Music in the Round for jazz and classical enthusiasts to come and ‘try it for yourselves’ when the trio stop over to curate proceedings. Its members have collaborated with some distinguished classical musicians and MitR is exploring classical improvisation at a number of events over 2016, including in the May Festival. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 10am –12.30pm – participant tickets £10, £8 disabled, unemployed, £6 students, under 18s, online at www.tinyurl.com/malijasheffield or call 0114 281 4660
Compose Yourself! weekly ‘Composing for Beginners’ classes starting Monday, 4th April run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson and held at her home in S11. Informal, practical and aimed at adult musicians, 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! – 10am –12pm, £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-beginners
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.