2017-09-07 / Arts & Entertainment News

Symphony opens 57th season with classic Beatles tribute


Classical Mystery Tour musicians Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney), right, and Jim Owen (John Lennon). Classical Mystery Tour musicians Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney), right, and Jim Owen (John Lennon). The Southwest Florida Symphony opens its 57th season with the uncanny likenesses of John, Paul, George, Ringo, with the direction of Nir Kabaretti in the Beatles tribute “Classical Mystery Tour.”

“Classical Mystery Tour” performs live with the symphony on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour bring a quintessential performance of the Beatles’ music in a show that features more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded. This concert pays homage to early Beatles hits that skyrocketed the band to fame all the way through Sgt. Pepper, in honor of that album’s 50th anniversary. Included are “Penny Lane,” with a glittering live trumpet section, “Yesterday,” with acoustic guitar and string musiquartet, “I Am the Walrus” and “A Day in the Life.”

Maestro Kabaretti has spent his career leading classical and operatic performances around the world and has cultivated a significant following for his expressive style in Lee County. He is a diehard Beatles fan.

“When we pitched the possibility of a Beatles tribute performance this season, Nir was ecstatic,” said Amy Ginsburg, symphony’s executive director. “He wanted to make absolutely sure that he would be the one conducting the orchestra for this show. It will be so much fun to watch him lead the symphony in a classic rock show.”

Since its initial show in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has performed with more than 100 orchestras across the United States and around the world, receiving accolades from fans and the media.

“We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals,” said James Owen, the founder of Classical Mystery Tour who also portrays John Lennon in the show. “The orchestra score is exact, right down to every note and instrument that was on the original recording. On ‘Got to Get You Into My Life,’ we have two tenor saxes and three trumpets. That’s what it was written for, and that’s what we use. And on ‘A Day in the Life,’ that final big orchestra crescendo sounds amazing when it’s played live.”

“We have some real show-stopping numbers,” said Mr. Owen. ”I wish I could actually be in the audience to see and hear this show, because the power of the emotional and nostalgic connection this music has with audiences is hard to put into words.

The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 2017-2018 season features concerts in all of its signature series: the Masterworks Classical Concert Series at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall (Nov. 4, Fanfare for the New World; Jan. 6, Pianorama; Feb. 3, Requiem; March 3, Romantic and Beyond; and April 14, Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein), a special Holiday Pops concert A Charlie Brown Christmas (Tuesday, Dec. 12 at The Village Church at Shell Point; Dec. 14 at St. Leo Catholic Church, Bonita Springs; Dec. 15 at B.I.G. Arts, Sanibel; and Dec. 16 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall), its Pops Series, also at Barbara B. Mann (Oct. 21, Classical Mystery Tour; Jan. 20, Symphonic Wizardry – Harry Potter at the Symphony; Feb. 17, Broadway Boys), and the Small Stage Symphonies Series, performed at venues throughout Lee County (Nov. 14, 15 and 16, From Baroque to Jazz; Jan. 10, 11 and 12, For the Love of Beethoven; March 7, 8 and 9, From Copland to Classics). Further details on all of these concerts can be found at www.swflso.org. ¦

Event: Pops I – Classical Mystery Tour

>> Dates: Saturday, October 21st, 2017

>> Location: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

>> Time: 7:30 p.m.

>> Tickets: Cost between $29 and $89 and may be purchased by calling 239-418- 1500, visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony box office or in person at the Barbara B. Mann Hall box office.

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