Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, returns in the Sheffield International Concert Season (its first and last visit was in 2005) with a super programme of largely neglected masterpieces by Beethoven: the choral cantata Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; concert recitative and aria Ah! Perfido! for soprano; Choral Fantasia for piano, chorus and piano; and to send everyone home happy, the hardly neglected Symphony No 5, variously performed by the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, pianist Barry Douglas, soprano Sarah Fox; and the conductor is the orchestra’s music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, highly unfortunate clash with the preceding concert in more ways than one for the SCO and its conductor George Kennaway because, after warming up with Cimarosa’s Overture to The Secret Marriage (Il Matrimonio di Segreto), from all the composers in history they have chosen to concentrate on Beethoven, albeit better known Beethoven: his Violin Concerto and Symphony No 3, the Eroica. The violin soloist should prove a draw, though: Benjamin Nabarro who although known in Sheffield from his exploits with Ensemble 360, is actually a highly rated concerto soloist. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £6 students, unwaged, under 18, friends of SCO.
Stefanie McMinn, Hannah Donkin, soprano and piano, with a programme including a Kabalevsky piano sonata – he penned three and two sonatinas; Chopin – any one of four; and music by Albeniz at the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Endymion, three distinguished members of the renowned chamber music ensemble, celebrating its 35th birthday this year, its first violinist Krysia Osostowicz, founder member and leader of the Dante Quartet and well known to Music in the Round audiences in the past from her appearances with piano quartet Domus, horn player of wide repute Stephen Stirling, a founder member of Endymion, and highly regarded pianist Michael Dussek, are high-profile visitors to the city to Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No 10, Ligeti’s Trio for horn, violin and piano Hommage à Brahms and the Brahms Horn Trio in the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged.
Prince Igor: you know the Polovtsian Dances; now hear and see them performed in the latest live HD relay from the New York Metropolitan as the company stages Borodin’s (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov) epic opera for the first time in a century. Ildar Abdrazakov as Igor is probably the best known name among a cast of reputed East European principals (don’t worry, the Met always furnish English subtitles) and the conductor is Gianandrea Noseda, until recent times principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. Cineworld, Valley Centertainment, Saturday, 5pm – £17.90, £14.20 concessions.
Don Quixote, the best known of the many ballets from the pen of Ludwig (sometimes known as Léon) Minkus for the Kirov Ballet gets a three-night stand by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia underway at Buxton Opera House, (Thursday, March 6), 7.30pm – £21, £30, £33 £36. 0845 12 72190
Giselle, second offering from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia at Buxton Opera House, (Friday, March 7), 7.30pm – £21, £30, £33 £36.
Swan Lake, final presentation by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia at Buxton Opera House, (Saturday, March 8), 2.30pm – £19, £25, £28, £31; 7.30pm – £21, £30, £33 £36.
Martin Barker, the third of six weekly talks hosted by the University of Sheffield hinged on the latest developments in a diverse range of musical research subjects, this one examining audience reaction and headed: Listening in on opera audiences: an outsider’s perspective. Department of Music, Jessop Building, Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD, Monday, 4pm-5.30pm – free.
Choral Evensong, Canticles – Communion setting; Anthem – Missa Brevis (Britten) from the Chamber Choir (Ladies) of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sunday, 6.30pm.
Choral Evensong, Ash Wednesday Eucharist; Canticles – Byrd: Mass for four voices; Anthem – Call to Remembrance (Richard Farrant) from the songmen and boys’ voices of the Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Wednesday (March 5), 6pm.
Choral Evensong, Canticles – Philip Moore: Tonus Peregrinus; Anthem – O Sing unto the Lord (Rawsthorne) from the girls’ voices of the Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Thursday (March 6), 5.30pm.
Choral Evensong, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with the girls’ and men’s voices of Sheffield Cathedral Choir on duty for the music: Responses – Rose; Canticles – Stanford in B flat; Anthem – Here my words, ye people (Parry). Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday (March 6), 5.45pm-6.30pm – free and everyone welcome.