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Creative Director of the Happy Hour Series

Steve Hackman

Hackman’s relationship with the ISO is nearly a decade in the making, as Creative Director of the Happy Hour Series, Hackman drives the artistic focus of the ISO’s three Happy Hour concerts.

Not only is Hackman an accomplished and decorated musician, fully capable of producing a compelling piece of music, but it's clear that he loves the classical and pop elements with equal force.


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Conductor Bio

steve conducting for the cameraHackman’s relationship with the ISO is nearly a decade in the making, as his first concert at the
Hilbert Circle Theatre took place in January 2010. In addition to collaborating with Hackman on
many genre-bending concerts during Time for Three’s residency with the orchestra, the ISO has
premiered several of Hackman’s distinctive fusions, including this week’s IGOR DAMN.
STRAVINSKY. These fusions, arranged by Hackman, blur the distinction between classical and
modern music by blending the work of improbable pairs such as Brahms and Radiohead or
Tchaikovsky and Drake. The most recent fusion, premiered on May 15 by the ISO, combined
Stravinsky’s Petrushka with Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning DAMN.

As Creative Director, Hackman will drive the artistic focus of the ISO’s four Happy Hour concerts.
Two of the performances will feature the musicians of the ISO on Hackman’s fusions – the
coming season’s combinations include Firebird: Remix | Response and Resurrection Mixtape.
Firebird blends Stravinsky’s breakthrough work with Hackman’s original compositions, and
Resurrection combines Mahler’s Second Symphony with the work of legendary rappers Tupac
and Notorious B.I.G.

Steve standing in the street pointing his baton to the skyIn addition to the two fusion concerts, the upcoming season will include two concerts featuring
independent contemporary artists performing their original songs with orchestral
accompaniment by the ISO. The orchestra has made a mark on the industry by performing
concerts of this nature with artists including Amos Lee, Andrew Bird, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more
– and the trend will continue with new artists to be announced in the coming months.

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