San Diego Symphony Orchestra performing Noel Noel next to image of Steve Hackman buttoning his tuxedo jacket

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Steve Hackman posing while adjust coat jacket

Sun Nov 22, 7PM

Steve Hackman’s Brahms v. Radiohead

Steve Hackman, conductor
Andrew Lipke, vocals
Bill Prokopow, vocals
Kéren Tayar, vocals

Following on the huge success of Beethoven vs. Coldplay, Brahms v. Radiohead is conductor Steve Hackman’s epic symphonic synthesis of Radiohead’s album OK Computer and Brahms' first symphony, utilizing a full 70-piece orchestra and three pop vocalists. The piece stays in the romantic sound world of Brahms, using only the instruments he would have used to debut his Symphony, but woven in, superimposed, and inserted are the melodies and music of Radiohead. At times we hear the melodies and words of Radiohead suspended over Brahms’ original music; at times we hear the orchestra playing the music of Radiohead but with the dense Brahms counterpoint. Every combination is explored, and we constantly move from one to the other—but the piece is seamless and many times the audience is left wondering which is which, and how the combination was even possible.

San Diego Symphony Performing 2019 Noel Noel

Sat Dec 12, 7PM | Sun Dec 13, 7PM | Sat Dec 19, 7PM | Sun Dec 20, 2PM | Sun Dec 20, 7PM

Noel Noel

Timothy Semanik, conductor
San Diego Master Chorale
San Diego Children's Choir
Jonathan Gilmer, director

San Diego’s favorite holiday tradition—the San Diego Symphony’s Noel Noel concert—brings us together once again in celebration of the most special time of the year. Featuring classic holiday favorites and a joyous Christmas carol sing-along, this is the festive event of the season your family will treasure!

dragon and Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Fri Feb 19, 8PM

Lunar New Year Celebration*

Join us for a celebration of the Lunar New Year and experience the beauty of Chinese music played on traditional instruments. With the sounds of bowed and plucked strings, winds and percussion, the vivid imagery of China's splendor is evoked in a vibrant performance of traditional folk songs and newly orchestrated works.

*The San Diego Symphony does not perform on this program.