Classical concert season returns

A season of classical concerts is resuming this month, with a recital by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra leading the way.

The orchestra’s concert at Sheffield City Hall, on Friday, January 13, will be conducted by Andris Nelsons and will open with Brhams’ charming tuneful Variations on a Theme by Hadyn.

For the second piece in the concert programme, the orchestra will welcome Stephen Hough, who is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. Hough illuminates the very essence of the music he plays and on this occasion he is the soloist for Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto, a true romantic showpiece.

Andris Nelson will then lead the CBSO as they perform Richard Strauss’s magnificent tone poem, Also sprach Zarathustra, which captured the imagination of film director Stanley Kubrick so much he used it in 2001: A Space Odyssey. With spectacular unfolding, through episodes of colouristic virtuosity and sumptuous climaxes, this piece is sure to serve as a fitting dramatic close to the first classical concert of 2012, here at Sheffield City Hall.

Orchestra in residence and season programmers, the Hallé, return with a further four concerts for the Sheffield International Concert Season2011/2012 series, the first of which will follow the CBSO on Friday 27 January 2012.

The season then continues in February with the Manchester Camerata, who once again join forces with Sheffield’s own Philharmonic Chorus, while later on in the year other highly anticipated performances will come from the BBC Philharmonic and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Berlin Symphony Orchestra.