“Rocktopia” classical/rock mash-up, on TV and U.S. tour

Posted on: September 9, 2016

“In Budapest, Hungary, earlier this summer, Mozart met Queen. And that was just the start of the ‘Rocktopia’ party,” writes Chuck Yarborough in Tuesday’s (9/6) Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH). “ ‘Rocktopia,’’ which featured five lead singers, a rock band, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and more, was filmed in Budapest in June. The mashup of classical music and rock—in addition to Mozart and Queen, the music covered the gamut from Beethoven to Heart, from Rachmaninoff to Journey, from Puccini to Hendrix, and more—will be used as a PBS fundraiser [this fall]…. Rocktopia Live! will go on tour in 2017, with a stop at [Cleveland’s] Playhouse Square in April…. The live show will feature touring singers and a band, and include local classical musicians. Organizers have developed a two-pronged marketing strategy, one aimed at the 30- to 55-year-old demographic ‘which enjoys classic rock and a more active lifestyle’ and one targeting the 55-and-older demographic ‘which has a higher income and is a symphony goer and/or subscriber of the arts.’ ”

Posted September 9, 2016