The Concert is a breakneck melodrama that milks laughs and wrings tears. In broadest outlines, this mistaken-identity crowd pleaser is about a janitor and onetime Russian symphony conductor, Andrei Filipov (Alexei Guskov), who belatedly completes a concert that was tragically interrupted.
In 1980, during the Brezhnev regime's crackdown on Jews, Filipov refused to fire Jewish musicians from the Bolshoi Orchestra. As a result, as he conducted Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, a Communist apparatchik broke Filipov's baton and his spirits.
Thirty years later, reduced to mopping the floors of the symphony hall where once he reigned, Filipov intercepts a fax inviting the Bolshoi to Paris. Why should the orchestra, a tinny echo of its former glory, go to the City of Light when Filipov can reunite his virtuosos and pose as the Bolshoi?