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Former U.S. Army, SPC E-4, Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. If you are or have ever been a soldier, you have friends in my house.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Artists of the Week: Igudesman and Joo...and Friend

I've decided to shy away from most of the political stuff for a while. Real-life circumstances notwithstanding, I find I'm losing some of my stomach for the constant argument. (Well, that, and I've never really been all that good at that stuff anyway.)

So, then...a bit of a levity break today.

And who better than these two classical clowns?

This diabolical duo consists of Aleksey Igudesman (violin, Rachmaninoff sticks, cutlery) and Richard Hyung-Ki Joo (piano, screaming, janitorial equipment) -- two sophisticated gents who met at the age of 12 as students of the renowned Yehudi Menuhin School. After a few years of palling around and honing their classical chops, they decided to take the music on a bit of a scenic route, generally gawping at the scenery and making things up as they went along.

The result is a show that had them rolling in the aisles when they premiered at Vienna's Musikverein festival in 2004. They've been galumphing their way around the world ever since, and show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

I would say something like "the likes of which has never been seen before"...but that would be a bald-faced lie.

After all, we could not have had the students...without the master.

Ladies and gentlemen, I now present the Great Dane himself -- the undefeated and undisputed King of Classical Comedy...Victor Borge, performing off-the-cuff at a concert presented in his honor.

On his EIGHTIETH birthday.

When eighty years I reach, look as good I will not. Heh.

P.S. -- If you still don't remember this guy, take a look at a tape of the old PBS kids' show "The Electric Company" sometime....and see if you can find the bit with the guy who does the punctuation-sound-effects thing. (Yep. That's him.)