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Igudesman & Joo Perform "Big Nightmare Music" with the Minnesota Orchestra

Classical music and comedy duo Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo bring their hit show “BIG Nightmare Music” to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on May 11; Sarah Hicks conducts

Fiddler and dancer Hillary Klug featured as special guest artist  

Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. On May 11, they bring their hit orchestral show BIG Nightmare Music to Orchestra Hall for a performance with the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall. At Igudesman & Joo’s invitation, fiddler, dancer and online sensation Hillary Klug will join them onstage for a special performance.

The concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $31 to $120. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo
Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls and stadiums, Igudesman and Joo are realizing their dream to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience. They have appeared on television in numerous countries, and their YouTube videos have, to date, gathered more than 40 million hits. Many of classical music’s biggest names, including Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova and Julian Rachlin, have joined them in their musical sketches. Igudesman & Joo have also teamed up with actors, such as John Malkovich and Sir Roger Moore, on several occasions in aid of UNICEF.

In addition to touring their shows “A Little Nightmare Music” and “AND NOW MOZART,” Igudesman and Joo perform “BIG Nightmare Music” with symphony orchestras, they lead their musical education program “8 to 88” at universities and music schools around the world. They can be seen in several films, including their own “mockumentary,” Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music. More:

Hillary Klug, fiddle and dance
Hillary Klug is a Nashville-based street performer who has earned international attention for her performances combining fiddling and dancing. She became the National Buckdancing Champion in 2013 and served as concertmaster for the Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra for four years.  A social media phenomenon, she has over 640,000 Facebook followers, and the video of her original tune Allie Cat has drawn over 60 million views. More:

Sarah Hicks, conductor
 Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. In July she will lead the Orchestra in the world premiere of Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert; a Musical Feast concert celebrating food and music; and a collaboration with The Moving Company exploring the life of composer-pianist Clara Schumann. During the 2019-20 season, will conduct performances with Cloud Cult and a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald featuring Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare; Home for the Holidays performances; the Sam & Sarah concert series co-hosted with Orchestra violist Sam Bergman; and live performances of movie scores as the complete films Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Up and It’s a Wonderful Life are shown on a large screen. More:

Live at Orchestra Hall
with the Minnesota Orchestra

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Aleksey Igudesman, violin
Hyung-ki Joo, piano
Hillary Klug, fiddle and dance

Tickets: $31 to $120


Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2018-19 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.






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