Local Classical Featured Playlist – 04/03/23 – 04/16/23
In this week’s playlist, we are featuring conductor, composer, arranger, producer, and songwriter, Steve Hackman as his production, The Resurrection Mixtape returns to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on April 12th. Last year’s performance brought in a sold-out show! Steve is a daring voice leading the charge among a new generation of classical musicians intent on redefining the genre. Equally adept in classical and popular styles, his breadth of musical fluency and technique is uncanny. He uses those wide-ranging abilities to create innovative fusions that blur the lines between high and pop art. The result is evocative works that are both derivative yet wholly original. He synthesizes Brahms and Radiohead, Bartók and Björk, and Beethoven and Coldplay into epic orchestral tone poems; re-imagines Stravinsky and Shostakovich into original orchestral-electronic concept albums; and samples Verdi and Debussy and interpolates them into hip-hop tracks. His performances of these pieces have surprised and thrilled diverse sellout audiences across the country, including with the orchestras of Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Colorado, Phoenix, Nashville, Oregon, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Columbus, Charlotte, Southwest Florida, Alabama, Colorado Music Festival, and the Boston Pops.
He is Creative Director and Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony’s Uncharted Series, one of the most successful millennial-focused concert experiences in the country. Hackman has been instrumental in the development of this concert series since 2010. On March 16, 2022, the ISO debuted its new Uncharted Series with the world premiere of The Resurrection Mixtape in front of a crowd of over 1,100! This night will be another to remember as Steve once again guides us through connections between hip-hop and classical music. You can purchase tickets by clicking here. Connect with Classical Music Indy Streaming’s Local Classical channel to hear Steve discuss this production, his musical background, his released works, and much more.