Concerts at the University of Sheffield has unveiled its new autumn season, a series of 40 concerts organised by the Department of Music starting in October.
The New York Season captures the throbbing vibrancy of Manhattan – a musical playground which played host to some of the 20th century’s most intriguing musical minds, including dazzling Broadway composers, jazz scene legends, and experimental and minimalist masters.
An outstanding line up of musicians guides the journey through the city that never sleeps.
Performances include jazz: the Gary Crosby Quartet’s tribute to John Coltrane’s seminal live album A Love Supreme; and spectacular Jazz pianist Bruno Heinen’s exploration of one of the most influential figures in modern jazz, Bill Evans. Classical music features with performances of minimalist masterpieces by Sheffield based composer-collective Platform 4, and Manchester ensemble Sounds of The Engine House. Following on from the success of The Lost Songs of 'My Fair Lady' earlier this year, Concerts presents the UK concert premiere of Irving Berlin’s Miss Liberty, with the original orchestrations played by a 40-piece orchestra, narrated by Great British Bake Off’s Howard Middleton.
The season also features Global Soundtracks, a year-long programme of the very best in world, roots, and folk music. This new international series features Zambian afro-folk, Mali’s Ngoni wizard Bassekou Kouyate, Russian and Hungarian Folk, inspiration from Argentinian travels, Indian improvisation, explorations in ancient Kurdish and Persian music, and traditional music closer to home with UK artists Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party and Cara Dillon.
Finally the series announces the Ligeti Quartet as its first ever Associate Concert Artists. The leading exponents of contemporary music will be key to fulfilling the concert series’ artistic vision. The quartet will be with the series over the next two years, curating and engineering electrifying performances of modern string quartet music for the city, cultivating ambition and talent by working with students, and taking music into the community by working with schools and colleges.
Concerts Producer Stewart Campbell said: "The University of Sheffield cultivates a truly international community and is a place where cultures across the world collide. I wanted our music making to follow suite and both Global Soundtracks and the New York Season offers an opportunity for all people to listen, engage, discover, and learn about inspirational world traditions.”
Tickets are available now at www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts or by calling 0114 223 3777.