Saturday, April 16th, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Aratani Theatre - Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets Required: Available First-come First-serve at the Box Office starting at 6:00 PM.
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Yuga Cohler, conductor and co-curator
Stephen Feigenbaum, arranger and co-curator
Music from Kanye West’s Yeezus paired with works by Beethoven, including the Egmont Overture,
Symphony No. 5 (op. 67), and String Quartet No. 14 (op. 131).
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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.
M.C.’d by conductor Yuga Cohler and composer Stephen Feigenbaum, this concert will sonically illustrate the similarities between Kanye West’s album Yeezus (orchestrated by Feigenbaum) and a variety of pieces by Beethoven. As the concert progresses, music by the two will become increasingly integrated, ultimately resulting in a total mash-up of the two. If you find this concert far-fetched, we invite you to come and listen - see if you can tell where Beethoven ends and Kanye begins.