On April 16th, Beethoven will meet Kanye West when a 70-piece orchestra mashes up and reimagines the work of the two artists. The program is part of the Great Music Series hosted by the Young Musicians Foundation.
Co-curated by conductor Yuga Cohler and arranger Stephen Feigenbaum, “Yeethoven” aims to show the commonalities between the seemingly dissimilar artists. “Obviously, they work within very different traditions,” a voiceover reflects in the promotional clip for the concert. “Their willingness to ruthlessly upend tradition and their influence on the larger culture can’t be overstated.”
The concert will feature six works by Beethoven and six works from West’s Yeezus that will be “juxtaposed” and “spliced together” by the orchestra live. It will be put on for free at the Aratani Theatre — Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles.
In 2012, a year before West released Yeezus, he compared himself to the classical composer during a concert in Atlantic City. “I am flawed as a human being. I am flawed as a person. As a man, I am flawed, but my music is perfect,” he began. “This is the best you’re gonna get ladies and gentlemen in this lifetime, I’m sorry. You could go back to Beethoven and shit, but as far as this lifetime, though, this is all you got.”