City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, presents its Spring Concert and welcome Ensemble 360’s Tim Horton as the soloist in the most popular of Prokofiev’s five piano concertos, No 3, after taking on and doubtless conquering Shostakovich’s Symphony No 1, such are the CSYO’s capabilities under the inspirational direction of Christopher Gayford, with whom it has previously triumphed in negotiating composer’s fifth, ninth and tenth symphonies. City Hall, Saturday, 7.15pm – £12, £10 concessions, £4 students. Pre-concert talk with Tim Horton, 6.45pm.
Baslow Choir, annual spring trip ‘up the road’ with music director Andrew Marples and, this year, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, plus Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens. Soprano Joanna Shacklock, mezzo-soprano Kate Symonds-Joy, tenor Daniel Joy and bass Stephen Godward are the soloists (a couple of familiar names to Sheffield audiences there), with Chris Flint, Carol Reid (four-handed piano) and Joe Hutchinson (organ). Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions in advance; £14 only on the door. 01433 631 586, www.baslowchoir.co.uk
Mark McCombs, gives a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert on ‘home’ territory, at the organ of St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, where he is director of music, Monday, 1.10pm – free, donation welcome.
Anthony Jakob, final year student of Russian and music mixes both in a totally off the beaten track programme of 20th century Russian piano music by Samuil Feinberg: Piano Sonata No. 2 (1915); Nikolai Roslavets: Preludes (1922); Alexander Mosolov: Piano Sonata No. 4 (1924); Anatoly Alexandrov: A Long Forgotten Madness (1917); and further Samuil Feinberg: Piano Sonata No. 6 (1923) at a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert. Firth Hall, Thursday (May 1), 1.10pm – free, donation welcome.
Così fan Tutte, Mozart’s opera with a cast that includes Susanna Phillips (Fiordiligi), Isobel Leonard (Dorabella), Danielle de Niese (Despina), Matthew Polenzani (Ferrando) and, after a long lay-off for back surgery, James Levine conducting is the penultimate live relay, direct from the New York Metropolitan in the present series. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £18.80, £15 concessions.
A Winter’s Tale, world premiere of a new ballet after Shakespeare’s play created by Christopher Wheeldon with music by Joby Talbot, a Royal Ballet commission direct from the Royal Opera House, Monday, 7.15pm at Cineworld, Valley Centertainment – £18.80, £15 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11.
Subways are for Sleeping, Sheffield University’s Department of Music blow the dust off another forgotten classic musical comedy, this one by Jule Styne, which opened on Broadway in December 1961 and ran for 205 performances. With a book and lyrics by the ‘classic’ team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, it tells the tale of magazine writer Angie McKay going undercover to write a story on a group of well-dressed homeless people sleeping in New York’s subway system and getting embroiled with their leader Tom Bailey. Its cause at the box office was not helped by a lack of publicity with the whole of New York’s transport system refusing to post advertisements for it. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday and Wednesday (May 30), 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. Pre-performance talk, Dominic McHugh and Matthew Malone discuss the musical’s background, 6.30pm (Tuesday only).
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.