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:

“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.

Who Do You Think You Are? — Live!24 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.

“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.

The Madness of George III24 FebruaryAlan Bennett’s play “The Madness of George III” is best-known as an award-winning film starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. It charts the true story of George III’s mental health problems brought on by porphyria, which led to bouts of insanity.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 201124 FebruaryThe Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition reveals the best images from the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition. It includes all of the winners, the runners-up and more than 100 prize-winning photographs.

“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.

Antarctic photography, from Scott’s expedition24 February“The Heart of the Great Alone” is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott’s Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton’s visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.

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.

“Picasso and Britain” exhibition24 February“Picasso and Britain” will explore the artist’s lifelong connections with this country. The exhibition will consist of 150 works charting Picasso’s rise in Britain, tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime. It will also examine the artist’s impact on 20th-century modernism.

 
 
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