After Broadway’s Rocktopia explored the intersections of classical and rock legends, a Brooklyn event will do the same through blending Brahms and Radiohead. The Stereo Hideout Orchestra, led by composer-conductor Steve Hackman, will present Brahms V. Radiohead at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre May 19.
The performance will feature the 55-piece orchestra, joined by guest vocalists Will Post, Andrew Lipke, and Kéren Tayár, weaving Brahms’ First Symphony with Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer.
Hackman has previously offered blends of classical and contemporary music with such orchestras as the Boston Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Nashville Symphony, though the May event marks the first time this piece has been performed with Stereo Hideout.
"The Brahms 1st and OK Computer share a brooding angst and pathos; this is music full of anxiety,” explains Hackman. “In Radiohead's case, anxiousness over increased social alienation, obsessive consumerism, political toxicity and emotional isolation. As for Brahms, he was under enormous pressure to deliver a spectacular first symphony, having being heralded as the successor to Beethoven.”
For tickets and more information, visit KingsTheatre.com.