A musical mashup is when two or more musical works are smashed together. It might be a melody from one tune and a riff and chord progression from another. You still can pick the pieces apart, but you’ve also created something new and completely different.

Grand Rapids Pops’ D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops returns to Cannonsburg next week with Beethoven v. Coldplay, Thursday and Friday, July 26-27, merging the music of Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3 with the lyrics and hints of melody from Coldplay’s biggest hits. Fun!

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Guest conductor Steve Hackman leads the Grand Rapids Symphony plus three guest singers, Malia Civetz, Bill Prokopow and Ben Gully in highlights from Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3 juxtaposed against songs such as Paradise, 42 and Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by the British rock band.

This classic "mashup concert is at 7:30 p.m., next Thursday and Friday, July 26-27, at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE.