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What better way to enjoy the romance of a late autumn evening in than to head for what was once the luxurious playground of the Sun King, Louis XIV, to enjoy some beautiful music? For 11 years, the Versailles Centre for Baroque Music has run a season of concerts, A Musical Autumn at the Palace of Versailles, to pay homage to the great musicians who once presented their works here in the hope of attaining glory and fortune. Against a background of ornate bas-reliefs, ceilings and tapestries depicting the instruments being played, musicians from around the world will once again be making the gilt-trimmed walls echo to the sound of organs, clavichords and soaring voices.

Chateau de Versailles, , France (00 33 1 3083 7878) to Sat 12 Dec, Fr140-Fr250


In honour of the centenary of the birth of the sculptor Henry Moore (below), Philadelphia Museum of Art has mounted an exhibition, Henry Moore: A Centennial Salute, which features both sculptures and works on paper by the artist. Tracing Moore's journey from his early concentration on stone carving to an increasing preoccupation with bronze casting, the show gives a nod to the artist's concern for placing sculpture in a natural environment by installing three of his monumental works outdoors in its East Court.

Museum of Art, 26th St and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, USA (00 1 215 763 8100) to Sun 29 Nov


The Nutcracker is the quintessential Christmas ballet - but choreographer Donald Byrd has created a new Yuletide must-see with his reinvention of it, The Harlem Nutcracker. Now in its third touring season, this exciting melange of classical ballet and modern dance is set to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's jazz arrangements of Tchaikovsky's original score, and features dazzling sets and costumes in its telling of an African-American family's holiday celebrations in modern-day Harlem. In addition to the 22 members of Byrd's dance troupe, the performances will involve local dancers and singers, a gospel choir and a live orchestra.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit, Michigan, USA (00 1 734 764 2538) Fri to Sun 6 Dec, $12.50


It's the last week of the Barcelona International Jazz Festival, but if you're in the vicinity, it's still worth checking out the programme. For not only will you be able to enjoy performances by pianist Brad Mehldau, Ruben Gonzalez and the Blue Monday Orchestra at their official locations, you'll also be able to stroll the streets late into the night supping your San Miguel to the accompaniment of the numerous jam sessions which ignite bars all over town after the concerts have finished. A series of jazz-based lectures and photo-exhibitions will complement the gigs.

Various venues, Barcelona, Spain (00 34 93 232 6754) today to Sat 28 Nov, Pts2,500-Pts8,500