Mon 18 Apr 2016
(Image via Mass Appeal)
While Kanye West was busy performing with A$AP Rocky and racing Tyler, The Creator at Coachella, something pretty amazing happened with his catalog at the Aratani Theatre in nearby Los Angeles over the weekend. On Saturday night (April 16), the Young Musicians Foundation hosted a concert billed as “Yeethoven,” which saw them pair six classic compositions from Ludwig van Beethoven with six cuts from Kanye’s Yeezus LP — and the results might just surprise you.
Led by conductor Yuga Cohler, the 70-piece orchestra performed almost an hour’s worth of mash-up masterpieces, blending “Hold My Liquor” with “Symphony No.5, op. 67,” “New Slaves” with “Overture to Egmont, op. 84″ and “On Sight” with “String Quartet No. 14,” which produced a standing ovation to close out the concert.
Best case scenario: classical musical snobs finally warm to Kanye’s music. Worst case scenario: Kanye adds Beethoven to his list of famous people he compares himself to — right behind Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, of course.
Stream the entire concert below…