Here are our selected London cultural events for January 2015:
A top Jazz late show at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s
13th of January – 11pm
The amazing Israeli born Jazz guitarist Ofer Landsberg in concert at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club.
After much success in New York, playing with some of this first city of Jazz’ greatest legends such as pianist Frank Hewitt, drummer Jimmy Lovelace, pianist Gil Coggins and Jimmy Wormsworth amongst others, Ofer has moved to London where is he considered one of the greatest talents around.
He is a regular participant in the famous Barry Harris workshops, and has performed in festivals and concert halls all over the world!
This is a chance to enjoy a true young talent inspired stylistically by the all times greats such as Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and the like, and bringing his unique take on to this great music.
A classical concert experience not to be missed!!!
15th of January – 19.30
For those who truly love classical music, the Barbican has a real treat on offer this month –
The great conductor Simon Rattle conducting one of the best orchestras around, The London Symphony Orchestra, in an exciting new program:
Webern: Six pieces
Berg: Three fragments from “Wozzeck”
Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
The fantastic Canadian Soprano Barbara Hannigan will be singing both the Berg and Ligeti, which promise to be a mesmorising experience…… I will be there!
Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote – a dance experience of a life time!
Royal Opera House Covent Garden – 8, 14, 19, 21, 22 of January 2015
There are not enough words in my opinion to describe the talent of Carlos Acosta, the amazing Cuban dancer and choreographer. He is simply unique style, classical in every way but with the Cuban touch, his humour, technical brilliance and imagination make him simply one of the greatest of all time, both as dancer and choreographer.
In this part of Don Quixote’s story he meets the two young lovers, Kitri and Basilio. Kitri’s father does not permit her to be married to Basilio, as he has in mind the rich Gamache as husband. But not to fear – Don Quixote is at hand and will rescue them!
This is a show infused with Spanish colours and with breath-taking virtuosic dancing. Anyone who has seen this show will not forget the entertaining and exciting pas de deux of the third act.
Music by the wonderful Ludwig Minkus and Martin Yates
– The writer Idit Arad is a Professional singing teacher and International opera singer.