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Rap Meets Opera At New Millennium Orchestra Performance This Weekend

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Francesco Milioto, co-founder and conductor of the New Millennium Orchestra, isn't your typical opera buff. He's also a self-described "big fan of hip-hop."

Milioto is fusing those two interests this weekend with "Hip Hopera," a Saturday afternoon performance at the Harris Theater.

He's tried the musical fusion before with the Orchestra; this time, he's hoping to showcase the versatile performers in the group and bring in some names from the hip-hop universe as well, like DJ Max Glascott and rapper Diverse.

The performance of Hip Hopera is geared towards the younger generation and allows Milioto to show opera in a classic and modern way. The show consists of four singers, a band, and Milioto narrating and conducting. It's meant to introduce both hip-hop and opera to a wider audience.

To read more about Francesco Milioto -- the genesis of the piece, his thoughts on the importance of musical education, which hip-hop star he dreams of doing a collabo with -- check out the interview with him in Gapers Block.

What: Hip Hopera

When: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

Where: Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, Ill., 60601

Price: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the box office.