I went to a very interesting and enjoyable concert this past week. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as part of the FUSE@PSO series, presented Brahms v. Radiohead, a symphonic mashup of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Radiohead’s OK Computer album.
The work was arranged and conducted by Steve Hackman. The crowd was a really interesting mix of typical symphony concertgoers dressed in business attire and 20-something fans of Radiohead dressed in t-shirts and jeans.
The next symphonic synthesis in the FUSE series will feature Hackman’s fusion of Beethoven and Coldplay.
Here is a review in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of the concert: http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music-reviews/2015/06/26/Concert-review-PSO-composer-light-up-audience-in-FUSE-debut/stories/201506260122