Stella Artois Happy Hour at the Symphony

Steve Hackman’s most ambitious piece yet combines Igor Stravinsky‘s famed ballet Petrushka with Kendrick Lamar‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. Two explosively creative and complicated works become one in this groundbreaking presentation. 

Petrushka, the story of three puppets who come to life, asks the question who is more cursed, the puppets or the puppeteer? DAMN deals with curses even more literally. Kendrick asks from the outset: “Is it wickedness? Is it weakness? You decide . . . “

Hackman weaves these two narratives into one with IGOR DAMN STRAVINSKY, exploring their musical and thematic connections. Joining the full orchestra are rapper, singers, and a jazz/hip-hop combo, resulting in a texture that bridges 20th-century classical with 21st-century rap. 

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