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. Aida will be playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday February 24th.
 
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:

David Lynch film season, at BFI Southbank24 FebruaryBFI Southbank will be celebrating the career of one of Hollywood’s most talked about directors with a month-long retrospective of David Lynch’s films. Films include “Blue Velvet”, “Dune”, “The Elephant Man”, “Eraserhead”, “Lost Highway” and “Wild At Heart”.

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.

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.

“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.

War photographs by Don McCullin24 FebruaryDon McCullin is recognised as one of Britain’s greatest war photographers. “Shaped By War” is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work, and includes over 200 of his finest photographs, many which have not been seen in public.

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition24 FebruaryCaptain Robert Scott’s expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition’s of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott’s base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.

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.

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.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons24 FebruaryThe Cartoon Museum will be marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special exhibition of portraits drawn during the last 60 years. Some are affectionate, some are teasing, and some are totally unflattering, but their combined might showcase how her image has changed down the decades, and explores how the monarch’s image was taboo in cartoons even as late as the 1950s.

 

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