Steve Hackman

Heinz Hall

June 24
Event starts at 5 p.m.; concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Classical and contemporary music will converge at the launch of FUSE@PSO, a groundbreaking new series of early evening concerts at Heinz Hall conducted by Steve Hackman.

Fans of both Brahms and Radiohead won’t want to miss the series’ debut which features a cross-genre mashup of two masterpieces separated by 100 years. With rising star conductor Steve Hackman at the helm, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will reinterpret Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1—a masterwork created by the legendary German composer and pianist between 1855 and 1876—along with OK Computer, the pivotal third album released in 1997 by acclaimed English band Radiohead.

Steve Hackman

Compositions from each work will be intricately woven to forge a never-before-heard hybrid sound that is at once classical and contemporary. Brahms’ original orchestration will be augmented by three vocalists, who will sing Radiohead’s soaring melodies in rich three-part harmony. Also featured will be a mashup of Brahms’ “Tragic Overture” and Radiohead’s “Street Spirit” (from the band’s 1995 album The Bends), as well as a “virtuosic orchestral fantasy” based on Radiohead’s “Idioteque” (from their 2000 album Kid A).

The brainchild of composer, conductor and producer Steve Hackman, FUSE@PSO presents re-imagined classical masterworks that simultaneously honor their sources while also moving boldly in new sonic directions. Concerts will integrate contemporary music production techniques—such as remixing and mashups—within classical masterpieces, resulting in genre-bending pieces that synthesize the old and the new and the familiar and the unexpected.

Lovers of classical and modern music alike will experience sound in entirely new ways, and will leave inspired and challenged by Hackman’s re-interpretations with the PSO. A conductor, composer, arranger, producer, pianist and singer/songwriter who is fluent in both classical and popular repertoire, Hackman studied conducting and counterpoint/composition at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.

What’s next for FUSE@PSO? Think Shostakovich remixed, Beethoven meets Coldplay and a familiar classic like you’ve never heard it before. Mark your calendar now for upcoming FUSE concerts on October 7, January 27 and March 9.

Each show features pre-concert beats, happy hour drinks, food and time for socializing with musicians and fellow music lovers in the tranquil Heinz Hall Summer Garden. Admission is $25. Purchase tickets.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...