Igudesman & Joo Special
June 26 & 27
Classical music and humor go ridiculously well together – at least when merged by the creative minds of comedic classical geniuses Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo. Russian violinist, conductor and composer Igudesman and British-Korean pianist and composer Joo met at the age of twelve at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, and kicked off a sky-rocketing career in 2004, when they created their show “A Little Nightmare Music,” a humorous take on Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik. This month, Stingray Classica brings a weekend of fun with not one, not two, but three of the dynamic duo's shows! On Friday, June 26, Igudesman & Joo present their show-stopping “Clash of the Soloists” in a premiere from the stage of the Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland. On Saturday, June 27, the duo takes on a journey through the history of orchestral music in “Historical and Hysterical Guide to the Orchestra”, a program packed with original music to showcase each instrument, well-researched historical facts, and Igudesman and Joo's trademark goofiness. Immediately after, Igudesman and Joo’s classic “Big Nightmare Music” rounds off this weekend of well-informed witticisms.
Clash of the Soloists
Friday, June 26 | 21:00
We live in a world where millions of people will walk past a concert hall and only a fraction will step inside. Interestingly, a great number will gather at Wrestlemania. Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo have finally found common ground between these two, seemingly opposite, spectator sports. Clementi had to contend with Mozart’s ingenuity, Beethoven blew Steinbelt out of Vienna, and Handel sparred Scarlatti in a joust of fingers. In the right corner we have Korean/Japanese/Chinese piano prodigy Whay-Tsu Fast and in the left, Russian/American/Jewish/German/Spanish-speaking violin virtuoso Sergey Amadeus Showoff. In the feud as ancient as time itself, to determine the superior instrument, who will emerge triumphant? Who will prevail as champion in this Clash of the Soloists? Igudesman and Joo blaze through concertos with extraordinary dexterity and finesse that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. An unforgettable, laugh-until-soda-comes-out-of-your-nose performance that will leave listeners of all ages thirsting for more. “Clash of the Soloists” was commissioned by the Zürich Tonhalle Orchester to commemorate their 150th anniversary, with a world premiere performance featuring conductor, referee, and Maestro of Ceremonies, Joshua Weilerstein.
Historical and Hysterical Guide to the Orchestra
Saturday, June 27 | 21:00
Join this whimsical and informative time travelling journey, discovering both the sound and historical context of each orchestral instrument. This piece was commissioned and given its world premiere by the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for their 150th anniversary Celebration Concert, is narrated by Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo and conducted by Joshua Weilerstein. Did you know that flutes used to be made of mammoth bone and vulture wings? Or that timpani used to be played on horses? And is it a coincidence that cellos were made fatter than violins just around the same time as chocolate was brought over to Europe from Mexico? Packed with original music to showcase each instrument, well-researched historical facts, and the trademark goofiness of Igudesman and Joo, audiences and listeners of all ages will feel inspired to discover more about the orchestra.
Big Nightmare Music
Saturday, June 27 | 21:55
Russian violinist, conductor and composer Aleksey Igudesman and British-Korean pianist and composer Hyung-ki Joo started their dynamic duo in 2004, when they created their show “A Little Nightmare Music,” a humorous take on Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” Since then, they have been performing at international festivals and touring internationally, often collaborating with artists from within and outside of the classical genre. “Big Nightmare Music” adds an orchestra to their two-man show. On top of favorites from their duo show, like Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca, and Cleaning vs. Riverdancing, the show boasts several uproarious sketches, tailor-made for a symphony orchestra, drawing everyone into their act, from the first violinist to the last percussionist. Their 2017 performance at the Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway, is conducted by Andrew Litton.