Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Steve Hackman Announce Beethoven + Coldplay Competition for Students

Steve Hackman_webPITTSBURGH – In conjunction with the FUSE@PSO concert, Beethoven+Coldplay, on Tuesday, October 6 at Heinz Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and series Creative Director Steve Hackman have announced a Coldplay cover/mash-up competition for local students of all ages.

Students are invited to create a mash-up or cover of the Coldplay song of their choice and submit to the contest by October 4. Up to two individuals or groups could be chosen to possibly perform their piece live at Heinz Hall for more than 1,000 attendees of the FUSE concert pre-party. Everyone who submits an entry will receive a free ticket to the FUSE concert on October 6. Reimbursement for travel to Heinz Hall is not provided.

Entries should follow these guidelines:

  • Entries should be a mash-up or cover of a Coldplay song of the entrant’s choice, no more than 5 minutes in length.
  • Both vocal and instrumental entries are welcome (voice+piano, voice+guitar, string quartet, a cappella groups, brass quintet, etc.).
  • Both electronic instruments (laptops, synthesizers) and amplified instruments are welcome.
  • Ensemble size should not exceed 15 people.
  • Creativity and variety are encouraged in the spirit of the series!

To enter, students should submit a video link (YouTube or similar) of a cover to fuse@pittsburghsymphony.org October 4 and include the name of every person in the ensemble, which schools they attend, and majors or areas of focus (if applicable). For more information, email fuse@pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900—including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org

FUSE@PSO is a bold new approach to classical concerts. The brainchild of composer-conductor-producer Steve Hackman and presented by (and with) the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this new series of early evening concerts fuses the old and the new, creating something that is at once a combination of both and wholly original. At each FUSE concert, Hackman and the Pittsburgh Symphony present a genre-bending work that takes a classical composer’s work and fuses it with a modern group’s or artist’s music. Brahms mashed up with Radiohead. Shostakovich remixed. A familiar classic that you’ve never heard before. Hackman, who was trained at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, crafts each concert with deliberate intent, careful design, skill and respect, creating something that honors the source music while moving boldly in new direction. The goal of FUSE is to present classical and modern music lovers with a unique and virtuosic re-interpretation that will challenge them, thrill them and help them both become fans of music they’ve never heard before. More at pittsburghsymphony.org/FUSE

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