Warning: this is not a joke.
Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Peter Oundjian and Monty Python's Eric Idle are cousins.
Apparently, they always wanted to work together -- at the beginning of the war in Iraq they discussed a musical comedy called Peter and the Wolf Blitzer --
"Then, a year or two ago – in the manner of all family histories, dates are open to discussion – Idle hit on what he thought was a perfect match for his skills and Oundjian's, and called his cousin with a plan. What the world needed, he thought, was an oratorio. Even better, a comic oratorio about a benighted schmo named Brian Cohen who has been misidentified as the Chosen One.
The end result of that e-mail will be on display in June, when Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy), a collaboration between Idle and composer John Du Prez, performed with Oundjian and the TSO, makes its world debut as part of the Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity in Toronto.