Igudesman & Joo "And Now Mozart"

October 2016

Music Worcester Announcement
For Immediate Release

Contact:  Midge Hamilton, Marketing Director, Music Worcester
Midge@MusicWorcester.org   508.754.3231

 
 

Igudesman & Joo"And Now Mozart"
Sunday, November 13th, 3 PM
Mechanics Hall in Worcester 

 

 

For Immediate Release -  October,  2016

Worcester -  Music Worcester presents the YouTube favorites Igudesman & Joo, with more infectious lunacy and musical mashups.  The wildly popular duo are returning to America this November to perform their hit show “And Now Mozart” here in Worcester on November 13th for a special Sunday afternoon matinee concert, guaranteed to please all ages.  If Trey Parker and Matt Stone played the violin and piano, if Penn and Teller performed music instead of magic, and if Seth Macfarlane had a twin, they would be the brilliantly outrageous Igudesman & Joo.

Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo are the inventive comic duo whose hilarious mix of music, pop culture and pure zaniness has won them fans of all ages and cultures worldwide. As evidence, their YouTube sketches have attracted 40 million viewers.   

As an antidote to the stuffiness of some classical concerts, Igudesman and Joo transform the concert stage into a musical Pee-wee’s Playhouse, where the three Bs can be Bach, Beethoven and Bond...James Bond. Igudesman and Joo don’t just play the violin with a vibrating milk frother or use wood blocks to tickle the ivories, they do it with dazzling virtuosity. The result, as Vanity Fair puts it: “the craziest, most hysterically funny music ever.”  Their comic and musical madness has also developed a huge celebrity following. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel jumped on stage for an encore performance with them at Carnegie Hall. 

And, while most of the concert is played for laughs, Igudesman & Joo do show off their considerable musical chops with compositions of their own or from the classical repertoire. Ironically, if Igudesman and Joo weren’t such gifted serious musicians they wouldn’t be quite as funny. Their talent and extensive musical knowledge give them the freedom to be reverently irreverent.
The two met as teenagers, training at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England. Each has a distinguished solo career, composing, arranging and performing with orchestras and chamber groups worldwide, as well as working on film scores and mentoring young musicians. The successful collaboration was born out of a desire to create a concert that they would actually want to attend.