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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 19 May 2009 Issue No.172



1.) Top 10 London events
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1. Top 10 London events

1 - Royal Philharmonic orchestra - A Classical Gala - This classical Gala night is a concert brimful of showstopping melodies and famous themes, showcasing the greatest stars from the classical music world including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Emma Johnson and Nicola Benedetti. The evening's programme will include: Bernstein - Candide Overture, Vivaldi - Piccolo Concerto in C major (arranged for vibraphone), Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.3, Mozart - Clarinet Concerto, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (narrated by Evelyn Glennie) and Ravel - Bolero. 4 June. www.royalalberthall.com

2 - Kuniyoshi - Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) is considered one of the greatest Japanese artists who, alongside Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, dominated nineteenth century printmaking in Japan. Featuring over 150 works, the exhibition will present Kuniyoshi as a master of imaginative design and reveal his most inventive representations including his ingenuous use of the triptych. Prolific and multi-talented, Kuniyoshi portrayed the historic heroes of Japan’s warrior past and the Chinese Water Margins and, through masterful storytelling, kept alive the great myths and legends. Kuniyoshi’s heroes, through which he made his name, constitute the most important part of his artistic output. Until 7 June. www.royalacademy.org.uk

3 - Hampton Court Palace Festival - Hampton Court Palace Festival is one of the UK's most exciting events showcasing some of the biggest names in music. Enjoy performers such as José Carreras, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Russell Watson, The Four Seasons and Level 42 amongst others. From 2 June until 13 June. Buy tickets

4 - Louise Nevelson - Dawns and Dusk - The exhibition will feature a collection of works highlighting the career of one of the most innovative and influential sculptors from the Post War period in America bringing together some of the most monumental and seminal examples of Louise Nevelson’s art from the 1950s to the 1980s. With works never exhibited before, the exhibition includes large-scale painted black monochrome wood wall relief and free-standing sculptures ranging in size up to nearly 10 feet by 12 feet, and mixed-media collages on paper and board, which incorporate materials such as wood, paper, newsprint, paint, vinyl, metal, and other found objects. Until 14 June. www.ltbfoundation.org

5 - Late Night Piazzolla - Piazzolla Duos, trios and piano quintets (transcribed by Eckart Runge and Jacques Ammon). For many, the tango-inspired music of Astor Piazzolla quite simply is the true sound of the mean streets of Buenos Aires. Join the Artemis Quartet and pianist Jacques Ammon for a special late-night concert of arrangements of the works of this unique Argentine composer. 26 June. www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

6 - Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard - RADIO MANIA: An Abandoned Work - This May the Gallery at BFI Southbank goes 3D with a new video installation by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. This new commission takes as its starting point one of the first 3D films ever produced – The Man from M.A.R.S. (also known as Radio-Mania in its 2D version). The artists have set about creating a contemporary adaptation of this silent movie, staged a rehearsal and filmed it using contemporary 3D video and audio technology, capturing the actors, directors and musicians working on the script and score. The Gallery is transformed into a mind-bending stereoscopic limbo, warping the viewer’s sense of space and time. Until 11 July. www.bfi.org.uk

7 - Francis Alys: Fabiola - Created by the internationally acclaimed artist Francis Alÿs, Fabiola is an installation of over 300 portraits of a fourth-century Christian saint collected by the artist from flea markets and antique shops throughout Europe and the Americas. These seemingly identical portraits, including paintings, embroideries and miniatures are all copies of a lost original of Fabiola by the French nineteenth-century painter, Jean-Jacques Henner. The stylistic differences between the portraits offer a window onto changing aesthetic, social and religious values over the past century. This collection of Fabiolas could be viewed as either an ensemble of academic and amateur copies or a trove of religious artefacts, and as Alÿs has stated, the phenomenon of assiduous copying 'indicates a different criterion of what a masterwork could be.' Until 20 September. www.wandsworth.gov.uk/gallery

8 - The Tower Music Festival - Now in its fourth year, the Tower festival will take place from 10-20 September at the historic and prestigious Tower of London, the royal palace and fortress on the banks of the River Thames in London. Buy tickets

9 - Turner Prize - The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. The prize is awarded each year to 'a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding'. Nominations are invited each year, and the prize is judged by an independent jury that changes annually. The four shortlisted artists present works in a show normally held at Tate Britain before the winner is announced in December. From 6 October until 16 January. www.tate.org.uk

10 - Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler - This major exhibition explores Aztec civilisation through the divine, military and political role of the last elected ruler, Moctezuma II (reigned AD 1502-1520). From his capital in Tenochtitlan (the site of modern Mexico City), Moctezuma's empire comprised much of modern highland Mexico, stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean. His power was reflected in the splendour of his capital's architecture, his command of the prestigious Jaguar and Eagle military orders, and his sacrificial rituals to the gods. Moctezuma's world was unrivalled until the devastating arrival of strangers - Cortés and his Spanish fleet. Rediscover the world of the Aztecs and trace the foundation of modern Mexico in the British Museum's next major exhibition on great rulers. From 24 September until 24 January 2010. Buy tickets


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