Classical music in London Sunday 26 February

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Classical music in London on Sun 26th February

Our guide to classical music in London on Sunday 26 February 2012.

 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Philharmonia, playing Rachmaninov and Sibelius

Royal Festival Hall Classical music in London at the Royal Festival Hall. Join conductor Vasily Petrenko, violinist James Ehnes and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Hindemith, Rachmaninov and Sibelius.
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 Sunday February 26th.
 
Don Giovanni at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni". As he charms, lies and fights his way through life, pursued by his victims and their angry relatives, Don Giovanni can't resist the urge for further conquests. But when will his luck finally run out?

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 26 February including:

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton26 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 Islam26 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 Theatre26 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.

“Travelling Light”, at the National Theatre26 FebruaryWhen Motl Mendl first sees the silent images on his dad’s cinematograph, he is entranced. With encouragement from his friend Anna, Motl leaves his little village and ends up as a famed film director. “Travelling Light” is a study of the Eastern European immigrants who rose to became major players in Hollywood’s golden age.

Who Do You Think You Are? — Live!26 FebruaryLondon Olympia will be hosting a live version of the popular TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?”. If you’ve ever wondered what your ancestors did for a living, where they lived and how they died, then this show is the perfect place to start.

George Gershwin’s “Crazy For You”26 FebruaryGeorge Gershwin’s smash-hit musical “Crazy for You” is packed full of classic songs including “I Got Rhythm”, “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “Embraceable You” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It”.

Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry26 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.

See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum26 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.

David Shrigley: Brain Activity26 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.

 

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