This is not an early April Fools’ joke.
Kanye West regards himself as the best of the best, so is it really that surprising that the hip hop heavyweight’s music is being paired with Ludwig van Beethoven for a special concert in Los Angeles? We’ll let you process that for a second before you answer.
Earlier this week, the Young Musicians Foundation’ Great Music Series announced that they’ll be mashing up the works of the German composer with cuts from ‘Ye’s 2013 LP, Yeezus, and the best part about it all is it’s free. You don’t even need a ticket. LA-based fans, just make sure that you’re free on April 16 (Saturday) and head down to the Aratani Theatre to enjoy the show.
Kanye West is one of the most famous, albeit divisive, people alive in America. Since his debut solo album in 2004, West has become increasingly prominent as a producer, rap artist, and cultural activist. Today, he is unquestionably one of the most influential figures in popular music and culture. Considering his larger-than-life artistic personality, there is no better comparison to him than Beethoven, the apotheosis of the classical tradition.
The concert will be M.C.’d by conductor Yuga Cohler and composer Stephen Feigenbaum and “sonically illustrate the similarities between Kanye West’s album, Yeezus (orchestrated by Feigenbaum), and a variety of pieces by Beethoven.” It’s said to culminate in one total integrated mashup of the two by the very end.
If you need a taste of what is to come, take a look at the promotional below!