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Beethoven x Coldplay

with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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Beethoven x Coldplay

with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, October 22, 2023—7:00pm

Sunday, October 22, 2023—7:00pm
Orchestra Hall
1 hour and 30 minutes
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Would Beethoven have found meaning in the music of Coldplay? In this merging of musical giants, conductor and creator Steve Hackman pairs two composers that deal with universal and humanist themes in their music. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is joined by three spectacular vocalists for a genre-bending performance that creates an anthem for the ages. The music of Beethoven’s famed Eroica Symphony is interwoven with the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay’s greatest hits including “Viva La Vida,” “Yellow,” “The Scientist,” and more.

Please note: Coldplay is not performing at this event and there is no intermission break.

Artists

Steve Hackman

conductor

A multi-hyphenate music powerhouse and visionary producer, Steve Hackman 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, he is the creator of a production concept called FUSE, which synthesizes classical and popular masterworks. He has conducted these productions, like Brahms X. Radiohead and The Resurrection Mixtape (Mahler X Notorious BIG X Tupac Shakur), all over the world, including Philadelphia, Richmond, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Colorado, Phoenix, and Grand Rapids Symphonies; Pittsburgh, Nashville, Symphony Orchestras; Colorado Music Festival; and the Boston Pops.

Hackman has teamed up with some of the biggest pop superstars of today to add a signature virtuosic and classical dimension to their work, including Kanye West, Doja Cat and Andrew Bird. He was trained at the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard School.

Casey Breves

vocals

Casey Breves performs across the United States, Europe, and Asia as both a pop and classical vocalist. Born and raised in New York City, he sang with the GRAMMY Award‐winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer after graduating from Yale University where he was a member of the Whiffenpoofs. He has performed on Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, and Prairie Home Companion—and as a soloist in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Denver Philharmonic, and at Radio City Music Hall as a backup vocalist for Adele. He recently completed a 10-city concert tour of China and Southeast Asia with husband and musical collaborator Sam Tsui. As a singer, songwriter, and content creator, his videos—including original songs, mashups, and collaborations—have received over half a billion views on YouTube and hundreds of millions of streams on Spotify.

Malia Civetz

vocals

Malia Civetz has performed as a vocal soloist on countless occasions across the United States and around Europe in Steve Hackman's symphonic mashups. She began working with Steve Hackman in January 2015, performing in Beethoven v. Coldplay, and continues to lend her voice to that piece and a growing list of symphonic fusions including Stravinsky’s Firebird Remix-Response, Tchaikovsky v. Drake, Skull and Bones, The Times They Are-A-Changin’, Bartok v. Bjork, and From Beethoven to Beyoncé.

Malia, a Los Angeles-based recording artist and songwriter, signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music after graduating from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music's Popular Music Program. Post-college, she linked up with powerhouse songwriters, Ross Golan and JKash, signing to their newly created joint label. She initially made waves with her independent single ‘Champagne Clouds’ debuted by Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM morning show ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest’. The song quickly earned 20 million-plus streams and made Taylor Swift’s ‘Favorite Songs’ playlists on both Apple Music and Spotify.

She moved on to sign a record deal with Warner Records making her major label debut in 2020 with her first EP, The Flip, featuring hit radio single ‘Broke Boy.’ Malia unveiled her second EP, Heels In Hand, featuring ‘Partied Out’ and fan-favorite ‘Sugar Daddy.’ Her work has amassed love from numerous publications and has landed spots in major film, tv, and commercial productions. Surpassing 85 million total streams as an artist, Malia continues to also write for a variety of artists across numerous genres.

Her musical accomplishments span well over a decade with early highlights that include performing as a 'Star of Tomorrow' at New York’s Apollo Theater at age 13, having the privilege to sing for President Obama at age 16 and performing in Barry Manilow’s show at the Paris Las Vegas at 17.

Gregory Fletcher

vocals

Gregory Fletcher is a versatile, award-winning artist thriving in the greater Los Angeles area. As a vocalist originally from California’s Inland Empire, he has become a multifaceted musician, obtaining session work in various musical genres including R&B, jazz, gospel, pop, classical, musical theater and folk. Fletcher has performed around the world, spanning from the Playboy Jazz Festival and Super Bowl LIV, to international venues including St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. He has worked alongside world-renowned artists including The Weeknd, Lauren Daigle, Shoshana Bean, Scott Hoying, and Michael Bublé. As a vocalist, Gregory can be heard on films such as Just Mercy, Bad Boyz 4 Life, Sing 2, Avatar 2, The Harder They Fall, Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, and Spacejam 2, in addition to television shows like Midnight Mass, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Dear White People, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Wednesday, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and Star Wars: The Book Of Boba Fett.

Fletcher can be found on tour with The House Jacks, and works as a songwriting and piano teacher at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), a private voice and piano instructor, studio musician, and lead vocalist of R&B band MiloBloom, in addition to writing for several Warner Music Group artists. He has had the opportunity to serve as a guest artist, educator, adjudicator and clinician at numerous Heritage Festivals, SCVA Festivals, the Fullerton Jazz Festival, as well as the Monterey Next Generation Summer Jazz Camp, and continues to work around the world as an active musician and educator.

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