ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Whether you're a hip hop fan or a classical music fan, St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall was the place to be Friday night.
For one night only and first of its kind, St. Louis native and hip-hop music star Nelly took the stage collaborating with David Robertson who conducted “A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop," which is part of the artist's symphony tour.
"I value every piece of music," said Nelly in an interview before the concert. "I appreciate it, I admire it and I never want to disrespect any form of it, you're talking about music that's hundreds and hundreds of years old and not anything that's a cultural fad."
The concept of adding symphony to hip-hop had a lot people of curious about what they'll get to experience, including music teacher and covert goer, Maria Ellis.
"I'm really excited about the conductor," said Ellis, "because I'm sure this is not really his style of music so my eyes will be focused on him to see how he bridges everything together and still have a fantastic concert with some hiphop and some dancin'. "
Among the fans was also 13-year-old year Tommy Hogan who said he's been a Nelly follower since he was 5-years-old.
"I didn't know who he was, and my mom was like, 'that's Nelly'," explained Hogan, "and this is my first one here actually, it's a morbid crazy stuff and I think putting the classical music and hip hop will sound really good."
As for his decision to mix things up with classical music, Nelly said he’s tried to keep a balance of respecting and honoring the conductor while remaining connected with his audience who know his music.
"I didn't want to mix it up too crazy," the musician said, "I wanted to give people the familiarity so that it would be easy to follow along."
While the fanfare was out of this world Friday night, Nelly added tag he is humbled by this new challenge.
"This is just about me even being worthy of being up there with musicians in that field," he said, "I'm a rapper, so for me to be up here with classical musicians and the way they've been able to welcome me is unbelievable."
The sold out concert featured twists on Nelly’s hits including “Hot in Herre,” “Just a Dream” and “Country Grammar.