Imagine if Beethoven
…woke up from his cryogenic tomb only to “hear” what people are doing to his music today… would he just wish to be dead again? Igudesman & Joo tackle this question with their signature mischief and fun, reinventing and recomposing the musical genius of the great mastermind Beethoven.
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“Beethoven’s Nightmare”- You’ve heard about the seven circles of Hell, but what about the seven circles of Beethoven? Let Igudesman & Joo guide you as you descend through the composer’s haunting nightmares and multi-layered personality, not to mention witness a stylish choleric outbreak or two.
“Joyful Variations”- An electrifying set of variations for symphony orchestra and soloists on themes from the ninth Symphony. Each variation is treated with a national flair and cultural pizzazz from nine different countries, taking one on a musical kaleidoscopic journey that goes around the globe from Bonn to the USA and back.
“Beethoven Takes Five”- Beethoven’s most famous four-note motif and turned it into a five- beat measure in this riotously fun piece. Funky rhythms and grooves are combined with the melodies of Beethoven to create the perfect pairing.
“They Call me Ludwig”- A humorous song from the perspective of the composer about how miserable his life is and how he never gets to have any fun. And, hey, don’t forget that those bags under his eyes are designer.
“For a Lease”- Arguably the most “cheesy” work by Ludwig Van “Für Elise” undertakes a makeover and is transformed to a quirky, yet ethereal and utterly original work.
In the true spirit of authenticity, as when Franz Clemens would perform tricks with his violin in between movements of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Igudesman & Joo too will intersperse musical sketch comedy during the performance using Beethoven’s music. This will include some old favourites such as “Credit Card,” and new opuses such as “Beethoven World Record,” and “Für Elise Forever” from their duo show, “And Now Beethoven”.
Igudesman & Joo’s celebration of Beethoven’s Anniversary will be the hottest ticket in town. Expect the unexpected and brace yourself for an unforgettable night.
What others say
“Describing the Igudesman & Joo humor in detail would be to deflate its brilliance. For the put-upon Igudesman, think Jack Benny and Jascha Heifetz rolled into one. For the zany Joo, try an unholy Chico Marx, Vladimir Horowitz and Jerry Lewis mash-up […] The Igudesman & Joo anthem is Gloria Gaynor’s ‘70s hit song “I Will Survive.” Igudesman begins it as if singing a Russian folk song, and he electrifies it by playing on the violin strings with an electric swizzle stick (on a priceless 1717 Santo Seraphin violin, no less). Ultimately, it survives – barely and hilariously — as an unclassifiable audience sing‐along. But the idea of surviving is also a serious business with these two miraculous performers“
“What makes the slapstick duo so original is not that they turn classical music culture upside-down and inside out, but that they never mess with the music itself, treating that with not just respect, but with astonishing virtuosity.”
“A Little Nightmare Music brings surrealism to the concert hall and takes its trousers down! Very musical, very engaging and very funny. A Big Hand for A Little Nightmare Music’s Big Hands.“