Sheffield’s Music in the Round are set to bring their resident musicians Ensemble 360 to Sheffield City Hall’s Grand Ballroom next week, for a special sporty concert on Thursday April 19, 2012.
Celebrating 100 days until the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Music in the Round are bound for an exploration of the relationship between sport and classical music, presented in a series of events. Their City Hall installment of these performances will focus on the music, with Ensemble 360 performing pieces linked to sport.
The highlight of the early evening concert will be the world premiere of a new work by US-born, London based contemporary composer Stephen Montague. The piece, entitled Bolt from the Blue, underlines that classical music is a powerful inspiration to sport and physical exercise.
Taking place from 5.45pm, the concert is also a rare chance to hear André Caplet’s effervescent Quintet, music featured at the 1936 Berlin and 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and other pieces by composers with some surprising connections to the world of sport.
Made up of eleven musicians from around the world, including five string players, five wind players and a pianist, Ensemble 360 are no strangers to showcasing world-class chamber music. Their partnership with Music in the Round see’s them regularly presenting classical music in informal and intimate settings, both across Sheffield and the rest of the country.
Both Music in the Round and Ensemble 360 return to the Grand Ballroom in May, with The Paris Café Experience on Sunday May 13 2012.
Thursday April 192012, The Grand Ballroom 5.45pm. Tickets: £10 Adults, £7 Concessions, £3 students
Programme: Schein Pavane No.16 (arr. for wind quintet) Montague Bolt from the Blue Caplet Quintet for Piano and Wind Janáek Music for Indian Club Swinging Bizet Chanson Bohémienne (Fantasy on Carmen)