GRAMMY Award-winning NY rapper, Nas, has been a pivotal figure in hip-hop for over three decades. His debut album, Illmatic, is hailed as a masterpiece, earning critical acclaim and a spot in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.

The Colorado Symphony is a leading orchestra in the US, known for its innovative and diverse programming. Under the direction of Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian, the Symphony performs over 150 concerts annually and partners with various artists and organizations to promote the transformative power of music.

In an unforgettable blend of hip-hop and orchestral music, the legendary rapper will take the stage with the Colorado Symphony at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, June 30. This unique concert will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Illmatic, promising fans a memorable night under the stars.

This once-in-a-lifetime collaboration offers a rare opportunity to experience Nas’ music in an entirely new and dynamic way that’s never been experienced before. Highlighting the night will be orchestrated renditions of tracks from Illmatic, proving a fresh perspective on one of hip-hop’s greatest albums.

Izabel Zambrzycki, Artistic General Manager of Colorado Symphony, expressed her excitement,

“We are thrilled to bring a unique fusion of orchestral music and hip-hop to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre this June. Partnering with Nas allows us to blend the timeless elegance of symphonic music with the powerful, poetic artistry of one of hip-hop’s most influential voices. This performance promises to be an unforgettable experience, showcasing the transformative power of music to bridge genres and generations.”

Opening for Nas is critically acclaimed artist Tobe Nwigwe, whose dynamic performances have earned him a global following. This combination of talent ensures an evening rich with musical artistry and cultural significance.

Nas also has a storied history of performances at Red Rocks, having headlined and shared the stage with various artists over the years. In 2018, he performed with Black Star, Pusha T, Brother Ali, and The Reminders. In 2015, he shared the stage with SOJA, and in 2014, he collaborated with Flying Lotus. Additionally, Nas has opened for several shows, including Snoop Dogg in 2011 and STS9 in 2013.

Don’t miss this unique event where hip-hop meets orchestral splendor, set against the stunning backdrop of Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It promises to be an unforgettable night celebrating the legacy of one of hip-hop’s most iconic albums.

“We are incredibly excited to present Nas with the Colorado Symphony at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, truly a highlight of our season. This performance will span his iconic catalog, infusing Nas’s influential music with a symphonic twist, including a nod to the 30th anniversary of ‘Illmatic.’ It’s a privilege to showcase such a dynamic fusion of classical and hip-hop elements to our audience, underscoring our commitment to delivering unique and diverse musical experiences.” — AEG Rocky Mountain Presents.