John Malkovich in The Music Critic

written and conceived by Aleksey Igudesman

Available for North American Booking April 27, 2020 – May 11, 2020

Schumann fancies himself a “composer”, while Brahms is a “giftless bastard” and Claude Debussy is simply ugly. Originally conceived for the Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival, Aleksey Igudesman created a sardonic mix of the most evil music critiques of the last centuries written about some of the greatest works of music. Equipped with a frivolous potpourri of musical insults, John Malkovich slips into the role of the evil critic who believes the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev and the likes to be weary and dreary.

Aleksey Igudesman, Hyung-ki Joo and other great musicians beg to differ and fight back. The grand finale is The Malkovich Torment, a horrific review about Malkovich himself, which Igudesman has set to music in a uniquely sardonically humorous way

Harsh critiques are accompanied with music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, Prokofiev, Ysaye, Kancheli, Piazzolla and Igudesman.

The Music Critic is written and conceived by Aleksey Igudesman.

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North American booking in 2020 for the project The Music Critic is by Dorn Music. The above text is not to be altered or edited without the Management’s permission. 

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North American premiere, April 28, 2020: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 
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April 29, 2020: Long Center, Austin TX  
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April 30, 2020: Cal Performances at UC Berkeley
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May 7, 2020: Houston Symphony presents at Jones Hall
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