Steve Hackman’s Brahms X Radiohead: A Symphonic Fusion Experience is an epic symphonic synthesis of Radiohead’s album, OK Computer, and Brahms’ First Symphony, utilizing a full symphony orchestra and three solo vocalists. The concert offers a re‑imagined experience of each work through the lens of the other, and explores the explosive tension they have in common.
Brahms’ 19th-century orchestral sound palette is used throughout, but woven in, superimposed, and inserted, are the melodies and music of Radiohead. At times one hears the melodies and words of Radiohead suspended over Brahms’ original music; at times the orchestra is playing the music of Radiohead but filtered through the counterpoint and harmonies of Brahms. Every combination of synthesis is explored, as the music moves from one to the other so seamlessly that many times the audience is left wondering which is which, and how the combination is even possible.
Conductor: Steve Hackman
Presenting Sponsor: Chris Cheever