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 Classical music in London at the 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. See a production of Aida at the Royal Albert Hall on Fri 24th February 2012.
 
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:

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton24 FebruaryCecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother. This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits. Also included are extracts from Beaton’s own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam24 FebruaryHajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.

“Midnight Tango”, at the Aldwych Theatre24 February“Midnight Tango” was created by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace — the same people who have been dazzling us with their sensual tango routines on TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. The show is set in downtown Buenos Aires and will take you on a journey through this intoxicating city.

“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.

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.

Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry24 FebruaryIn this version of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”, the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting. In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity, much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town.

Sing-A-Long-A Grease24 FebruaryJoin John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the greasy gang of bikers in Sing-A-Long-A Grease! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a highschool frenzy. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, and there’s even a competition for the best-dressed guest!

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel24 FebruaryThe Courtauld Gallery is putting on a special exhibition which follows the friendship that developed between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson — two of the leading forces of abstract art. Using major paintings and reliefs by both artists, its explores the parallel paths that Mondrian and Nicholson charted during the 1930s in their Hampstead studios.

“Pippin”, at the Menier Chocolate Factory24 FebruaryThis darkly enjoyable musical tells the tale of “Pippin”, the heir to the throne of Charlemagne, who sets out on a quest of self-discovery only to bump up against the uncertain worlds of love, war, politics and religion.

 

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