'A Little Nightmare Music'
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 29
Where: Hodgson Concert Hall, University of Georgia, Athens
Tickets: $39 with discounts for UGA students.
More info: 706-542-4400, pac.uga.edu
The UGA Performing Arts Center brings Igudesman and Joo to town Jan. 29 for a night of musical mayhem.
Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo combine humor with classical music and popular culture. The duo will perform their show, "A Little Nightmare Music," at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.
Igudesman and Joo have picked up the mantle of legendary humorists Victor Borge and P.D.Q. Bach and given it a third millennium makeover. Like their predecessors, they are serious musicians who enjoy knocking the stuffy out of staid classical performances. As a result, Igudesman and Joo have become an Internet sensation, with more than 28 million YouTube viewers.
The duo’s "A Little Nightmare Music" has played to packed houses around the world. Monty Python alum Terry Jones raved that the show "brings surrealism to the concert hall and takes its trousers down."
Aleksey Igudesman, born in Russia, and Hyung-ki Joo, a British-Korean, met as preteens when they studied at England’s Yehudi Menuhin School. Both are musical virtuosi, and while their comedic spin may be irreverent, they always treat the music with the utmost respect.
On New Year’s Eve 2011 at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Igudesman and Joo set the world record for the most dancing violinists performing together on stage, with the help of 100 violinists. The world record was conceived and produced by the duo to aid UNICEF.
Tickets are $39 with discounts for UGA students. They can be purchased online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400.