University New Music Ensemble, director George Nicholson, perform works by the latter’s PhD students at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (March 20), 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
Misa Criolla, celebrating the first anniversary of the election of the first Pope (Francis) born in the Americas (Argentina), the Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez’s most famous work is the centrepiece at a concert of South American sacred music performed by Argentine tenor Ernesto Correa (remember him, from early Sheffield City Opera days?), Robert Webb’s Sheffield Chamber Choir, and the Archipeña Folkloric Group from Madrid under the baton of Uruguayan conductor Ignacio Pilone who learnt his trade in Bucharest. St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions. stmariecathedral.org
Sheffield Music Hub Showcase, presents a wide-ranging celebration concert featuring over 500 children and young people, including a massed primary school choir led by Sheffield Cathedral’s Sing! project, the Music Service Senior Orchestra, jazz musicians and a rock band. City Hall, Saturday, 3pm – £7, £2 children. www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
An Opera Timeline, enterprising first offering from the newly constituted Opera on Location, a company formed in the wake of a highly successful production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Winter Garden last August. Five members of the excellent cast: Andrea Tweedale, Rosie Middleton, Sarah Ogden, Gareth Lloyd, Matthew Thistleton, here take a journey in arias, duets and ensembles (many well known) through opera, virtually from its beginning with likes of Monteverdi and Purcell, to present times in the shape of Britten and Philip Glass and taking in all sorts of composers, including Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Saint-Saëns and Puccini along the way with pianist Ewan Gilford. Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions – see ‘Compulsive Opera’ under FEATURES for full details. www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/compulsive-opera
Messiah, yes, it is Handel’s oratorio at a more appropriate time of the year than usual in a performance from Hallam Choral Society with Andrea Ryder, Antonia Sotgiu, Mark Cunningham and Matthew Palmer the SATB soloists, with a couple of valveless Baroque trumpets in Hallam Choral Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Peter Taylor. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £5 students, under 16s free. www.hallamchoralsociety.co.uk
Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra, partners Sachiko Kitao in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 11 K413 and performs Elgar’s Serenade for strings under its own steam with, elsewhere in the proceedings, a new work by Béla Erdös and Mozart operatic duets from sopranos Manxuan Xiong and Tiantian Ma. Tim Shepherd and Peter Russell are joint conductors at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
Victor Tsu, Taiwanese pianist of some ability plays Beethoven – Sonata No 23, the Appassionata; four pieces by Chopin – Etudes Op 10 No’s 9 and 12, Etudes Op 25 No 11, Ballade No 1; and two pieces by his fellow countryman Kuo Chih-Yuan – Variations and Fugue on Ancient Taiwan Music, Ancient Taiwan Music Fantasia, at the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Sheffield University Jazz Orchestra, include Stan Kenton’s Genesis Suite in the University Rush-Hour Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Ligeti Quartet, highly rated foursome that specialises in performing contemporary string quartet repertoire, hardly surprisingly given the composer they take their name from; it would be an astonishing coincidence, too, if the quartet’s first violin Mandhira de Saram is not related to Rohan de Saram, long-time cellist of the famous, similarly-inclined Arditti Quartet and contemporary music champion generally. The Ligeti is not in entirely contemporaneous realms here, however, with only the Quartet No 2 by George Nicholson, proudly proclaiming itself ‘second performance’ falling into them and, if the composer is not there to hear it there will be something wrong, as he is Head of Composition at Sheffield University where the concert takes place. Framing the work are two pieces nearer to 100 years old than contemporary, but are landmark in 20th century chamber music, Bartók’s Quartet No 4 (1928-29) and the work believed to have inspired it, Berg’s Lyric Suite (1926). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
Nabucco, Verdi’s first major success in 1841 with a multiplicity of rousing tunes, not just a famous chorus of longing that everyone knows, in a Chisinau National Opera production under the auspices of Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International. Sung in Italian with English surtitles at the City Hall, Sunday, 7.30pm – £16 –£32.50 – see ‘Compulsive Opera’ under FEATURES. www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/compulsive-opera
Cleopatra, Northern Ballet’s hugely successful 2011 ballet with music by the composer of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and choreographed by the company’s artistic director David Nixon returns to the Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday to Thursday (March 27) 7.45pm – £15 –£35;Thursday (March 27), 2pm – £12 –£27; Friday to Saturday, 7.45pm – £17 –£37; Saturday, 3pm – £15 –£35; various concessions apply. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Justin Williams, gives the last of six weekly talks hosted by the University of Sheffield hinged on the latest developments in a diverse range of musical research subjects his theme being: Maria Schneider, digital patronage and artist-fan interactivity which will almost certainly revolve around the highly successful, multi-award winning American composer and big band leader, Schneider, who pioneered fan-based productions some ten years ago. Department of Music, Jessop Building, Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD, Monday, 4pm-5.30pm – free.
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.
Sheffield Cathedral St John's Church, Ranmoor