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Southwest Florida Symphony Performs Steven Hackman’s “Mashupalooza”

Courtesy of SteveHackman.com
Composer, arranger and conductor Steve Hackman

Conductor, composer, arranger and musical visionary Steven Hackman returns to the Southwest Florida Symphony for the third consecutive year to lead the orchestra in a performance of his “Mashupalooza:  A Stereo Hideout Production.”  Hackman is best known for his innovative works of classical-pop fusion blending orchestral compositions with the music of popular contemporary artists.

Mashupalooza serves as a kind of sonic journey through a fictional music festival featuring mashups of Beethoven and Beyoncé, Bach and Bruno Mars, Shostakovich, Muse and Chance The Rapper, Wagner and Adele, Mahler and John Mayer, Brahms and Lady Gaga, Stravinsky, Daft Punk and Kanye West, and Beethoven and Mumford and Sons to name a few.

We’ll catch up with Hackman ahead of the concert Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.