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Wed 18 Oct 2017

Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall

Pre-concert: Is love what you think it is?

Time: 6:00pm

Admission: Free to ticket holders

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Roman Krznaric
Martin Kelly

Join social philosopher Roman Krznaric to explore how audiences through the ages would have viewed Semele’s story.

When Handel premiered Semele in London in 1744, he shocked audiences expecting something solemn for lent with this steamy, sensual story of gods having affairs with mortals.

We asked social philosopher Roman Krznaric (author of the Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained) to give us his take on how audiences would have viewed Semele’s story through the ages.

We learn how the Ancient Greeks had six different types of love and saw the fiery, passionate love known as eros as a form of madness. But by the time Handel was composing, we were developing a very different view of romantic love.

Roman Krznaric is joined by our viola Martin Kelly for this pre-concert talk from 6pm in the Level Five Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, which is free to ticket holders.

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Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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