The CSO to Perform Newest Hackman Mashup TCHAIKOVSKY V. DRAKE
In the newest symphonic mashup from visionary composer and conductor Steve Hackman, classical meets hip-hop in a musical journey that bridges two artists separated by more than a century. Three vocalists and a rapper join the Columbus Symphony to meld Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony with more than a dozen Drake hits, including "Hold On, We're Going Home," "Started from the Bottom," "Find Your Love," "Hotline Bling," and "Jumpman."
The Columbus Symphony presents Tchaikovsky V. Drake at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday, September 15, at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$68 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.
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About Steve Hackman
Fluent in both classical and popular repertoire, Steve Hackman crafts virtuosic, cross-genre works and performances that intrigue the established audience and engage an excited new one. In 2014, he became music director of the "Mash-Up" series at the Colorado Music Festival after successful performances of his Brahms V. Radiohead. That same year, Hackman premiered his new creation, Beethoven V. Coldplay, an Eroica oratorio fantasy using the themes of Coldplay.
His work as a composer and arranger has met with considerable success including string trio Time for Three's "Chaconne in Winter" and Chanticleer's "Wait Fantasy." Hackman's orchestrations for artists like Time for Three, The Five Browns, Michael Cavanaugh, My Brightest Diamond, Arlo Guthrie, and Joshua Radin have been performed by nearly all the major orchestras in America.
Hackman's original musical project, :STEREO HIDEOUT:, sees him as producer, composer, conductor, singer, and rapper.
About Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the US. His Symphony No. 5 was composed between May and August 1888, and was first performed in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre on November 17 of that year with Tchaikovsky conducting.
Thank Me Later (2010), the debut studio album of Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor Drake, reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200, and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His next two releases, Take Care (2011) and Nothing Was the Same (2013), went quadruple and triple platinum in the US and earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Drake's fourth, dancehall-influenced album, Views (2016), sat atop the Billboard 200 for 10 non-consecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in more than 10 years. It achieved quadruple platinum status in the US, and the single "Hotline Bling" secured his second and third Grammy wins (Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song). Drake's multi-genre album, More Life (2017) was his seventh consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and set multiple streaming records.
Drake has the most charted songs (154) among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (24), and the most "Hot 100" debuts in a week (21). He has also won three Juno Awards and six American Music Awards.
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