By Paul Hoverman
By Paul Hoverman
No - it's actually Igudesman & Joo who are coming to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center this Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. This talented and hilarious duo of violin and piano has taken the world by storm. Combining comedy and popular culture with classical music, they have become a hit in both the concert stage as well as the You Tube world.

Some have described Igudesman & Joo as this generation's Victor Borge - quite a compliment! Much like Borge, they are both accomplished musicians, but have found that they can find more success making fun of themselves and the music as they could seriously performing it. Those who have seen them in concert have described their performance as hilariously funny and one that appeals to all generations- from adults to young kids. They have become quite the rage.

Some tickets remain for this Sunday afternoon matinee performance at 3 p.m. Come, laugh and enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the NPAC. The title of their show: "Igudesman & Joo: A Little Nightmare Music" rather describes it all. Tickets are on sale at the box office (419-238-NPAC 6722), on-line at www.npacvw.org or at the door one hour before the show.

Two days after Igudesman & Joo perform; single tickets go on sale for the Feb. 14 concert with Christopher Cross. I know! - We have barely begun to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas, and now I'm talking Valentine's Day. However, most of our single concert tickets release 90 days in advance and we are now three months from Valentine's Day. I can't think of a nicer gift to give to your spouse than tickets to a Valentine's Day concert. With some of the most beloved soft rock ballads like "Ride like the Wind", "Sailing" and "Arthur's Theme", you will be a big hit when you take your wife to this one. These tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Looking to Christmas now, we have the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show on the day after Thanksgiving. Traditionally known as "Black Friday," many people have decided to not fight the crowds at the retail stores in the evening at least, because we have been sold out for this one for over a month! We are keeping a waiting list at the box office if you are interested.

The Osmond Brothers Christmas Show is also biting at the heels of a sell-out as there are less than a hundred seats remaining today for this Dec. 13, Thursday night show. Next week, I'll tell you more about speaker Ceci Wiselogel, speaking about "Legends of Christmas".

Shrek, the Musical on Saturday, Dec. 22 brings our holiday concerts to a big finish. I've heard some people say this is a children's show. Well, although I do think kids will enjoy it, it is actually a huge Broadway Show the likes of Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. Four 53' semi trucks will move this show onto the Central Insurance Stage for two big shows. Costumes, backdrops, scenery and effects are all first-class. Any adult who has seen Shrek movies knows that much of the story line and jokes have a great appeal to adults especially. Ever watch Bugs Bunny? Two shows are scheduled for 2 and 7:30 p.m. Each day, more and more tickets are selling for this. I'm sure you, the kids and the entire family will enjoy this first-class Broadway (live!) Musical. Classical, comedy, Pop, Rock, Country, Broadway, education, inspiration; did someone say they wanted variety at the NPAC? - All between now and Christmas! FINE