Wagner meets Adele. Beethoven meets Beyoncé. Stravinsky meets Kanye and Daft Punk. Get ready for the most ambitious pop-classical concert synthesis yet from composer/producer Steve Hackman. This sensational program weaves together pop-classical matches like Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 with Beyoncé's “Single Ladies ("Put a Ring on It")” and also Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony with Muse’s “Uprising” and Chance the Rapper’s “Paranoia,” creating a compelling musical landscape that is both strikingly modern and enchantingly classical. Three vocalists join the full orchestra for this special presentation.
Conductor, composer, arranger, producer, and songwriter Steve Hackman is one the most innovative artists contributing to a new landscape in classical music. He has conducted his own pop-classical fusion programs such as Brahms V. Radiohead, Beethoven V. Coldplay, Copland V. Bon Iver, Tchaikovsky V. Drake and Bartók V. Björk with many symphony orchestras.
With a mile-long vocal range, spotlight-grabbing delivery, cleverly personal lyrics, and confidence for days, singer-songwriter Malia Civetz emerged in 2017 with a show-stopping style steeped in swaggering R&B and skyscraper-size pop. Within a few months of her arrival, the LA-based artist earned spots on the playlists of early champions such as Taylor Swift and Ryan Seacrest as the latter predicted, “You’re going to hear about Malia — a lot.”
Philadelphia based, South African born Lipke moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in composition at The University of The Arts and has since gone on to become a critically acclaimed and sought after composer, performer, arranger, producer and educator.
Khalil Overton is an R&B rooted multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, PA. Khalil has shared stages with George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic), Bernie Worrell and Bilal, among others. Khalil now lives in Los Angeles where he is writing and recording his own original music.