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Victoria ears will be hit with music (Video)

By by jessica rodrigo/jrodrigo@vicad.com
Jan. 16, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.

Igudesman & Joo

Prepare for a weekend of musical proportions as the Crossroads is hit with a wave of talent starting with a theatrical performance from Igudesman & Joo leading to the gentle vibes of ABBA and ending with the sharp sounds of U.S. Air Force Gateway Brass Band of the West.

There will be memorable performances, dancing and laughs.

Igudesman and Joo, a duo from across the pond made up of violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo, will kick off their "A Little Nightmare Music" U.S. tour in Victoria on Thursday at the Leo J. Welder Center with laughs and gasps from members of the audience. They aren't the typical musicians who sit on stage in front of the audience playing their instruments, they have their own style of performing as well.

Their show, a rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "A Little Night Music," will include a mix of classical music and popular songs like "I Will Survive" - with a little something extra.

"For the older generation, it's Mozart meets 'Monty Python,'" Igudesman said, describing the show.

"And for the younger generation, it's 'South Park' meets Bach," Joo interjected.

The quirky pair, who "are not yet 40 but are not 30 anymore" and have performed in such places as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, said they were bringing their party hats to Victoria for their first visit. Guests can expect to hear some beautiful music with a slight hint of improv. Though the two are dedicated to putting on a good show, their show isn't exactly like others hosted at the Welder Center.

"We love things going wrong. That's certainly a big inspiration for us," Joo explained. "Especially in the world of classical music, there is so much pressure for perfection. We find that perfection kills the freshest of the music."

So, if a cellphone rings during a show or a light goes out while they're on stage, "that's something exciting and natural," he said. They even admitted to making mistakes during their show that conjure laughs in the audience.

When asked about what guests can expect from the show, Igudesman offered this: "The show involves a lot of comedy and a lot of different music."

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