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Published on Dec 30, 2008

To see upcoming performances of Igudesman & Joo visit our website www.igudesmanandjoo.com

Our new title for the show is -
BEING GIDON KREMER: The Rise and Fall of the Classical Musician

Written by: Kremer, Igudesman & Joo

Without music life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Dear Concertgoer!

Music and humor—both are languages of the emotions. Join us on a journey through our wacky hall of mirrors and see for yourself all the weird and wonderful ways these two languages come together to reflect the Zeitgeist of the new millennium.

We live in an age in which the market economy tyrannizes over art. The quality of an artwork is judged by the quantity of sales. We all squint at the sales-volume statistics, the chart placement and the commercial media presence. The more popular, the better. Everyone wants to be a superstar!

But in consequence, we all too often lose sight of the true meaning of music: the uplifting union of feeling and intellect, the intimate and profoundly emotional expression of the soul.

BEING GIDON KREMER takes a critical and entertaining look at classical music through a magnifying glass. By means of this close-up, we hope to achieve a healthy distance from all forms of commercial dumbing-down.

So lets laugh together about whats laughable, and marvel afresh at musics endless marvels!

We wish you a wonderful musical journey!
We, meaning Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica, Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki Joo.

Music in its most beautiful form is the all-healing language of love.
Richard Wagner

These are among the composers whose masterpieces, or bits of them, you will hear:
Bach, Chaplin, Dvorak, Dunayevski, Haydn, Igudesman, Joo, Kupkovic, Mahler, Mozart, Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Rochberg, Rota, Schnittke, Schostakowitsch, J. Strauss.

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