Alina Ibragimova performs at the BBC Proms
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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Alina Ibragimova, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London — review

Two contrasting Proms featured awesome grandeur and solo intimacy

The Life of a Song

Herbie Hancock ©FrancisWolff/Corbis
The strong melody, blues-based structure and catchy piano riff make the tune extremely adaptable to other styles of music
The Life of a Song: ‘Summertime’
Premiered 80 years ago in George Gershwin’s folk opera ‘Porgy and Bess’, ‘Summertime’ went on to become possibly the most recorded song of all time
Ali Cook (submerged) performs his Houdini Water Torture in ‘Impossible’
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Impossible, Noël Coward Theatre, London

There’s a familiar ring to the tricks in this magic show

Yaroslav Baibordin and Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova in ‘In the Jungle’
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Bambi/In the Jungle, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg — review

A double bill of new works with an anthropomorphic theme

Xiao Di in ‘Farwell My Concubine’
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Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou, China — review

Tan Dun’s new symphonic poem paired piano and Peking opera

Archie Shepp Quartet, Ronnie Scott’s, London

The saxophonist’s strong sense of jazz history was on show

'Doris Salcedo', Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 26 – October 12 2015. ©David Heald/Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
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Doris Salcedo, Guggenheim, New York

The Colombian artist’s responses to violence are steeped in metaphor

Ben Whishaw and the cast of 'Bakkhai' at the Almeida Theatre
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Bakkhai, Almeida Theatre, London

Ben Whishaw and Bertie Carvel in gender-bending Greek tragedy

‘Time and Space — The Speed of Light’, by Andrew Rogers
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The Ibiza art circus

Cirque du Soleil’s Guy Laliberté is ringmaster of the island’s newest art scene

Alissa Firsova outside the Royal Albert Hall in June
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Interview: composer Alissa Firsova

The composer on the premiere of her work at the BBC Proms

‘Yassin Dynasty’ (2013) by Raed Yassin
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Art and Lebanon: beauty amid the rubble

Two London exhibitions showcase contemporary artists with links to Beirut