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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

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.


Steve Hackman


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.



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