Classical music in London Friday 24 February

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Classical music in London on Fri 24th February

Our guide to classical music in London on Friday 24 February 2012.

 at Barbican Hall, London
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Sibelius, Stravinsky and Prokofiev

Barbican Hall Join conductor Kirill Karabits, pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Sibelius, Stravinsky and Prokofiev.
Aida at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’

to Royal Albert Hall This spectacular version of Verdi's "Aida" will be performed 'in the round' amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt. The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, the King's daughter Amneris, and the Captain of the Guard.
 
Le Nozze Di Figaro at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro". The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva, but the action soon sucks in the entire household and reveals its poignant undercurrents...
Der Rosenkavalier at London Coliseum, London
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Richard Strauss: “Der Rosenkavalier”

London Coliseum Richard Strauss's Viennese comedy "Der Rosenkavalier" tells the tale of Octavian, who quickly loses his heart to Sophie when asked to deliver a rose on behalf of the elderly Baron Ochs.
 

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 24 February including:

Omid Djalili, at the Hammersmith Apollo24 FebruaryThe world’s funniest Iranian comic is back at the Hammersmith Apollo with a brand new show. Omid Djalili has had a great 12 months, picking up the best actor award for his role in “The Infidel”. This goes alongside his gongs for comedy — the Time Out Award for best stand-up, and nomination for the prestigious Perrier Award.

See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum24 FebruaryThe British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.

Boat Show Comedy Club — Lee Hurst24 FebruaryLee Hurst will appearing at Tattershall Castle — London’s finest floating comedy club — alongside Dave Fulton and Mark Mair.

David Shrigley: Brain Activity24 FebruaryDavid Shrigley is best known for his witty and wry observations on everyday life. He uses a deliberately crude graphic style alongside an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships. This exhibition will be his first major show in London.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture24 FebruaryThis major new exhibition by David Hockney will span fifty years of his career, picking out the pieces which demonstrate Hockney’s fascination with the depiction of landscape. The exhibition will also include some of his iPad drawings, and a series of films which were shot on 18 cameras.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” — Adelphi Theatre24 FebruaryAfter getting sacked from his skiffle band Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is actually his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother — who was murdered by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. But then Francis takes a job with Stubbers (as Roscoe) who still pines to be reunited… with Rachel.

“Sex With A Stranger”, at Trafalgar Studios24 FebruaryWhen Adam leaves his girlfriend at home to attend a mate’s birthday, he dosn’t anticipate meeting Grace and ending up back at her flat… “Sex With A Stranger” is an excruciatingly accurate exploration of the time of our lives when were still growing up, and is superbly frank (even graphic) when it comes to the subject of sex.

Comedy legend Jackie Mason — his farewell UK show24 FebruaryJackie Mason is back in town with “Fearless” — his farewell show in the UK. Jackie’s politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the ecomony and the US presidential race to the Olympics, David Cameron, and his hilarious take on every day life. As Jackie says, “If it’s in the news, it’s in the show!”

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany24 FebruaryThe Saatchi Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new art from Germany called “Gesamtkunstwerk”. It will include pieces by Dirk Bell, Matti Braun, Andre Butzer, Max Frisinger, Thomas Helbig, Volker Hueller, Thomas Kiesewetter, Josephine Meckseper, Kirstine Roepstorff, Julian Rosefeldt, Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp.

 
 
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