Kings Theatre presents TCHAIKOVSKY V. DRAKE
An epic live symphonic experience: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and the music of Drake
Steve Hackman’s Tchaikovsky V. Drake at Kings Theatre defies boundaries, genres and definitions. Join Hackman, his 60-piece Stereo Hideout Orchestra and four vocal soloists for a night of musical alchemy that blends two famed composers separated by over a century, the ‘6 God’ Drake and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Mutual themes of agony, transcendence and triumph are explored in this interwoven epic.
Tchaikovsky V. Drake, led by conductor/creator Hackman, stars the Stereo Hideout Orchestra with special guest vocalists India Carney (Katy Perry's - Witness: The Tour and NBC’s The Voice, Season 8), Malia Civetz (Warner-Chappell artist with 10 million plays on Spotify), Mario Jose (YouTube sensation on tour with Postmodern Jukebox and Pentatonix), and rapper Jecorey ‘1200’ Arthur.
NOW WE HERE VIP EXPERIENCE:• One (1) Front & center seat to see Stereo Hideout: Tchaikovsky V. Drake
• Early entry
• Exclusive soundcheck access
• Q&A with Stereo Hideout Conductor/Creator - Steve Hackman + all four performances soloists
• One (1) Commemorative concert poster signed by Conductor Steve Hackman + all four performance soloists
• Pre-show $2 discounted drink happy hour in a furnished lounge with a private cash/credit bar and facilities
About Brooklyn Youth Chorus
BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS is a Grammy Award-winning collective of young voices led by visionary Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker. “A polished ensemble of miniature professionals” (The New York Times), the world-class Chorus fluently delivers authentic performances across stylistic languages.
The Chorus has performed or recorded with major orchestras and artists such as New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Sir Elton John, The National, and Grizzly Bear. Recordings of the Chorus have been featured in major motion pictures, commercials, and live events, including a work by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for rag & bone’s Spring 2016 collection as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s OTR II World Tour. As a bold commissioner and producer of new music, the Chorus has introduced into the repertoire more than 120 original works and world premieres by contemporary composers, including collaborations with Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, Blues and R&B powerhouse Toshi Reagon, iconic British DJ Bishi, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and ubiquitous indie-classical superstar Nico Muhly.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus has garnered a strong reputation as an arts producer. This season Silent Voices: Lovestate will premiere Off-Broadway at The New Victory Theater in May 2019. Previous productions include the first two installments of the inclusive, social justice-oriented Silent Voices series (BAM 2017; National Sawdust 2018); Black Mountain Songs (BAM Next Wave Festival 2014); and Tell the Way (St. Ann’s Warehouse 2011). The Chorus has released two albums through New Amsterdam Records—Silent Voices (2018) and Black Mountain Songs (2017)—and has appeared at important contemporary music festivals including the Ecstatic Music Festival, MusicNOW, 21c Liederabend, Barbican Mountain and Waves Festival, and the PROTOTYPE Festival.
Founded in 1992, Brooklyn Youth Chorus has served over 10,000 students over the course of its history, currently involving more than 700 students in its core after-school and public-school outreach programs. The Chorus’s professional faculty teach a wide range of repertoire and styles using founding artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker’s proven Cross-Choral Training® method, emphasizing healthy and versatile vocal technique, music theory, sight-singing and ear training. Classes take place at their Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Brooklyn Heights, Crown Heights, Red Hook, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Ezinma (eh-zee-mah), also known as Classical Bae, first picked up the violin when she was three-years old. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska to a Guyanese father and a German-American mother, Ezinma’s mixed cultural and ethnic background influenced her musical upbringing and helped mold her into the versatile artist she is today. Growing up, there was a melange of music booming from the stereo: Parliament, Bill Monroe, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Billie Holiday, Earth Wind and Fire, Bob Dylan, and Roberta Flack to name a few. These artists—along with her classical study of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart—were influential in Ezinma’s development and continue to inspire her today.
In 2012, Ezinma moved to New York City to pursue her professional career as a classical violinist. In New York, she performed with string quartets and orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Madison Square Garden. While classical music will always be a passion for Ezinma, she felt a strong need to present the world with a different side of her and new context for the classical violin. Since then, Ezinma has collaborated with jazz, R&B, pop, hip-hop and electronic artists such as Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Mac Miller, and Clean Bandit.
Ezinma's style cannot be limited to one genre. Her music is a blend of virtuosic melodies and orchetral soundscapes with hard hitting beats. This fusion, this juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated worlds, allows Ezinma to connect with diverse audiences and communite her passion in a way that is uniquely her own.