Monday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. | The Long Center

Schumann fancies himself a 'composer', while Brahms is a 'giftless bastard' and Claude Debussy is simply ugly. Aleksey Igudesman has 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.

“I have always loved the opportunity to collaborate on The Music Critic with Aleksey Igudesman, Hyung-ki Joo, and many other gifted and thoughtful young classical musicians. We are all happy to be back on the road, and for the first time also in the USA, participating in an evening which consists of some of the greatest compositions in the history of classical music, paired with the perhaps rather unexpected initial reactions those compositions elicited from some of the world’s renowned music critics, along with some other surprises.” (John Malkovich)

Music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, Prokofiev, Ysaye, Kancheli, Piazzolla and Igudesman.

VIP seats are avaialble in the Orchestra Pit and front Orchestra. These include a post-show, 30-minute Q&A with Mr. Malkovich from the Dell Hall stage.

For Military discounts with valid military ID or Group discounts for 10 or more people, please call the Long Center's 3M Box Office at: 512.474.LONG (5664) (M-F, 10am-5pm CT) or email boxoffice@thelongcenter.org.

Student Rush tickets will be available 90 minutes prior to showtime at the box office in person only for $24 ($20 plus $4 fee). Up to 2 tickets can be purchased with a valid student ID. Subject to availability.

EVENT LOCATION: This event is taking place INSIDE Dell Hall at the Long Center located at 701 W. Riverside Drive in Austin, TX 78704.


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Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: $49.00 - $149.00

Presenter Details

  • Name: Long Center
  • At the Long Center, we know what Austin is all about. Our musicians, artists, and creators put Austin on the map. Their work is what draws us in, keeps us here, and allows us to innovate, grow, and thrive.

    Uniquely located facing the city skyline, we breathe and pulse along with the creative energy that powers it. We’re proud to bring what Austin is to communities near and far every day, on virtual stages and actual ones, through connections and community. 

    Built in 2008 and with a local history that spans many more generations, we welcome you to accept this invitation from a true Austinite to be at the center of it all.

Venue Details

  • Address: 701 Riverside Drive
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78704