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In Mumbai, orchestras are playing western classics without apology

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

Symphony Orchestra of India, Kolesnikov, Farnes

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Odyssey: A Heroic Pantomime

Jermyn Street Theatre, until 31 December

Choosing a concert opener is an art in its own right. Fashions shift: the traditional overture has fallen from favour in recent years, and you might go seasons now without hearing such one-time favourites as The Thieving Magpie or Euryanthe. The opening slot is more likely to contain something short and contemporary, or worthy and obscure (cynics call it ‘box-ticking repertoire’).

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