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Classical meets pop in Gates Concert Hall world premiere

Talk about your strange bedfellows — classical and pop music together.

But as strange as it may sound, the two are set to debut together on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Newman Center’s Gates Concert Hall. The performance is a Newman Center Presents event: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra with renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk.

Newman Center Executive Director Stephen Seifert says it will be the world premiere of a new work for guitar and chamber orchestra commissioned by the Newman Center and composed by hip-hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain.

The work, tentatively titled “All That Was Lost,” will combine classical and popular musical styles along with other works such as Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 (Farewell) and a Baroque guitar concerto.

Seifert says the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra is one of the premier chamber orchestras in Europe, and that Fisk is one of the best guitar soloists in the world.

“Roumain is classically trained but appreciates equally contemporary musical idioms, including hip-hop, funk and rock. As with all of our performances, we hope that people connect intimately with the music,” Seifert says.

The evening will also feature a free “Behind the Curtain” lecture with Roumain, Fisk and an orchestral member at 6:30 p.m. in Gates Concert Hall. Reservations are not required.

Tickets are $25–$55. Discounts are available for students, groups, seniors, and DU faculty and staff. For information and tickets, contact the Newman Center box office in person or at 303-871-7720. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster at, 303-357-2787 or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The Newman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Parking is free at the Newman Center parking garage.

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