BIG Nightmare Music: Igudesman & Joo play Mozart, Rachmaninov, Bach, Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, Igudesman & Joo

With the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

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Aleksey Igudesman — Violinist

Hyung-ki Joo — Pianist

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Litton — Conductor

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BIG Nightmare Music, the new show featuring the brilliant classical music duo Igudesman and Joo's wildly popular act, now on a symphonic scale! Violinist Igudes­man and pianist Joo have taken the world by storm with unique and hilar­i­ous shows mixing com­edy, clas­si­cal music, and pop­u­lar cul­ture. BIG Nightmare Music includes perennial favorites like Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca, and Cleaning vs. Riverdancing, along with music by Mozart, Rach­mani­nov, Bach, Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, Igudes­man, and Joo!

Their blend of classical music and comedy, laced with pop culture references and a wholly novel take on the word slapstick, is fueled by genuine, dazzling virtuosity.The New York Times, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim.

The two classical musicians met at age twelve at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Eng­land, and their strong friendship binds them together and informs their work as writ­ing part­ners to this day. Equally at home in clas­si­cal con­cert halls and in sta­di­ums filled with thousands of people, their col­lec­tive dream is to make clas­si­cal music acces­si­ble to a wider and younger audience. Now with over 35 mil­lion hits gathered by their YouTube clips, the demand for their performances leads the duo to tour by themselves and with orchestras the world over.

Photo: Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo © Julia Wesley

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