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This content was published on March 10, 2017 - 09:15 am (Keystone-SDA)

The Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) might not have done much with the music of the Canadian rapper Drake. Now the two collide, at least musically.

The symphony orchestra in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, wants to mix three movements from Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony with more than a dozen titles by Drake. "For some it may be an unusual mixture, for others it may be downright repulsive," said conductor Steve Hackman about the concert scheduled for March 22nd. "These two composers have more in common than it seems, especially their pervasive sentimentality and the compelling and authentic way in which they express it."

Three vocalists and a rapper are to perform together with the orchestra to superimpose the texts and melodies of the three-time Grammy winner over the music of the classical composer of the Romantic era.

Many people don't categorically rate music by genre, Hackman said. "They understand that good music is good music, no matter what. Whether it's a symphony orchestra or a synthesizer, a hundred-member choir or a single rapper. In this case, there is no reason Tchaikovsky and Drake not live together in a concert experience can."

Hackman has often combined classical and pop music as a guest conductor in various US orchestras. These included compositions by Johannes Brahms with music from Radiohead, Ludwig van Beethoven with Coldplay, Béla Bartók with Björk and Aaron Copland with Bon Iver.

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