Classical music in London Sunday 26 February

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

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.
 
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:

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel26 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.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition26 FebruaryYayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns. Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution, and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.

“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.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture26 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.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons26 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.

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany26 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.

The City of London Walk26 FebruaryThis 90-minute walk will explore the ancient Square Mile with its secret spaces and architecture spanning 2,000 years of history. This is an excellent introduction to the oldest part of London, with fascinating tales stretching from the Romans all the way up to the 21st-century.

Comedy legend Jackie Mason — his farewell UK show26 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!”

 
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