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The Beatles and Beyond

The Beatles and Beyond

Boston Pops

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Fifty years ago, four lads from Liverpool changed the course of popular music forever, and their influence still reverberates throughout the music world. Come hear the music of The Beatles-and their many great rock successors-in breathtaking symphonic arrangements, hosted by WZLX Breakfast with the Beatles host, Cha-Chi Loprete.

Featured Performers

Steve Hackman, conductor
Steve Hackman, conductor View biography in full page >

Conductor, composer, arranger, producer and songwriter Steve Hackman (@stereohideout) is one the most innovative artists contributing to a new landscape in classical music. Fluent in both classical and popular repertoire, he crafts virtuosic, cross-genre works and performances that intrigue the established audience and engage an excited new one. Hackman presents programs he architects that synthesize orchestral and pop masterworks. He has performed his pieces such as Brahms + Radiohead, Beethoven + Coldplay, Copland + Bon Iver and Bartók + Björk with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Charlotte, Columbus and the Colorado Music Festival.

In 2016-2017, Hackman continues as creative director and conductor of FUSE@ PSO, a genre-defying series at the Pittsburgh Symphony that has introduced the symphony and its repertoire to thousands of new listeners. Created in 2015, the series has received accolades from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Tribune- Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine, Whirl magazine, Table magazine, Next Pittsburgh and Made in PGH. On March 8, 2017, KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live led with the story "Pittsburgh Symphony's FUSE Series getting rave reviews."

In April 2017, Hackman will conduct the Nashville Symphony and in June will make his debut with the Boston Pops, conducting four concerts June 8 - 11. He will return to the Pittsburgh Symphony later in June, then to the Colorado Music Festival in July for the premiere of his next mashup, Classicalapalooza, a trip through an imaginary music festival where both classical masterpieces and pop hits are performed.

In summer 2016, Hackman conducted the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and the Oglebay Park Summer Concert Series in West Virginia. The program, entitled "Defying Gravity," featured several new mash-up arrangements of Hackman's, including Mozart with The Beatles, Mahler with John Mayer, and Randall Thompson's Alleluia with Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Hackman's work as an artistic innovator was recently recognized by an invitation to speak at the TedX Conference.

From 2013 to 2015, Hackman was music director of the "Mash-Up" series at the Colorado Music Festival. From 2009 to 2013, Hackman served as co-creative director of the Happy Hour at the Symphony Series with the Indianapolis Symphony, where, along with co-artistic directors Time For Three (TF3), he pioneered a new type of concert experience by producing, arranging/composing and conducting compelling presentations that blended classical with pop. He returns as guest conductor annually.

Hackman mirrors his work on the classical side as a producer, DJ and songwriter on the pop side under the moniker :STEREO HIDEOUT:. In 2014, he released the debut album The Radio Nouveau along with several music videos. The album was mixed in London by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode) and mastered in Brooklyn by Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors). The follow-up album Down with the Classics (a mixtape introduction to classical music), due out in spring 2017, was co-produced by Grammy-nominated producer Good Guy Dez (Big Sean, Will.i.Am, Juicy J, Meek Mill, Kid Cudi, King Los, Puff Daddy), and features 13 songs, all of which sample a different classical composer and layer melodies and raps over top.

Successful as a composer and arranger, Hackman's work includes pieces for ensembles and artists as diverse as the string trio Time for Three, and choral ensembles Chanticleer and The Tallis Scholars. His orchestrations for artists like Time for Three, The Five Browns, Michael Cavanaugh, My Brightest Diamond, Arlo Guthrie, Aoife O'Donovan and Joshua Radin have been performed by nearly all the major orchestras in America.

Hackman was a four-year member, producer and musical director of the a capella group The Other Guys at the University of Illinois, a group that under his direction placed runner-up in the International Competition of Collegiate Acapella at Avery Fisher Hall. He is a prolific songwriter, having written hundreds of songs and releasing several albums of original music. His song "The Pendulum Song" was chosen among tens of thousands as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and he has also received honorable mention in the Billboard songwriting competition. In season seven of American Idol, Hackman was one of 164 contestants chosen from more than 150,000 to attend Hollywood Week. He finished in the top 64.

Hackman studied conducting under Otto-Werner Mueller and counterpoint/ composition under Dr. Ford Lallerstedt at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He subsequently studied conducting with David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and received further instruction in orchestration from the prolific Broadway orchestrator and composer William Brohn (Miss Saigon, Wicked, Ragtime and countless others). He served as the assistant conductor of the Reading Symphony for two seasons, where he led subscription, family, education and New Year's Eve programs.

Hackman is active on social media under the handle @stereohideout, and many of the pieces referred to here can be watched in their entirety on YouTube via the stereohideout channel.

Steve Hackman, conductor Larry “Cha-Chi” Loprete, host
Larry “Cha-Chi” Loprete, host View biography in full page >

Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Larry "Cha-Chi" Loprete's love for music began on February 9th 1964, the day The Beatles performed for the first time in the U.S. on The Ed Sullivan Show.  For many who witnessed it, the Beatles stirred up a passion for creativity and possibility and for Cha-Chi, it soon evolved into a lifelong love of radio.

In 1981, Cha-Chi fulfilled what he describes as his "ultimate dream" - he began his radio career at Boston's biggest rock radio station: WBCN 104.1 FM -The Rock of Boston.  Starting humbly as a WBCN "Listener-Line" volunteer answering the station's request line, with hard work and determination, he was soon hired as Assistant Promotion Director for WBCN.

His expansive knowledge and love of The Beatles became clearly evident to his peers at WBCN and this passion paid off in the mid 1980's when Cha-Chi was granted the extraordinary opportunity to have an air shift on WBCN as host of a new program called "Get Back to the Beatles".  Still working his love for radio, in addition to `the Beatles, he was promoted again - this time to the much coveted position of Promotion Director for WBCN.

In 2001, new stripes were added when Cha-Chi was appointed to Marketing Director at WZLX 100.7FM, Boston's Classic Rock, in addition to WBCN.  When WBCN closed its doors in August 2009 and became 98.5 The Sports Hub, Cha-Chi assumed the role of Marketing Director, overseeing promotions and marketing for the radio station.  Unwavering in his determination to bring the best radio has to offer, Cha-Chi was nominated an unprecedented six times for Promotion/Marketing Director of the Year by Billboard Magazine and won twice.

In 2005, Cha-Chi became the host of "Breakfast with the Beatles" on WZLX airing Sunday mornings at 8:00am and continues to both gain and entertain Beatles fans, both young and young at heart, each week.

With new media frontiers to be explored and expanded, Cha-Chi has also been tapped to host a new CBS Radio podcast titled "Get Back To The Beatles" and will soon be found on CBS's content line-up .

Through the years, Cha-Chi has interviewed Paul, George and Ringo on multiple occasions as well as many other significant "Beatle people" in the close-knit Beatles circle - George Martin, Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, Cynthia Lennon, Pattie Boyd-Harrison and Pete Best among them. 

Cha-Chi's extensive knowledge of The Beatles, both as a band and individually, and his significant collection of Beatles' memorabilia, is well known in the greater Boston area.  He is often regarded as Boston's Beatles historian and keeper of the flame.

This November, Cha-Chi will be celebrating his 34th year at CBS Radio/Boston.  He credits his success to that night in February 1964 when The Beatles changed the world and changed him.

Larry “Cha-Chi” Loprete, host
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