MIDLAND Here’s a chance to see what The Beatles would have sounded like if they had the chance to perform with a modern symphony orchestra.
The Midland-Odessa Symphony has scheduled Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.
“One of the goals of the symphony is to enhance the quality of life through performance and music education,” MOSC Executive Director Ethan Wills said. “By meeting the concert, we’re meeting the performance part. But when you talk about music education, people may agree or disagree about their thoughts about The Beatles but you cannot deny the impact that they have made on rock if not music in general. This is that perfect concert where younger people can come out. The Beatles are timeless. I just know that any age will appreciate it. That’s what makes me really excited. To put on great songs with great musicians, it feels great.”
The concert will feature dozens of Beatles songs performed exactly as they were recorded.
The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour will look and sound just like The Beatles but the performance is more than just a rock concert, the press materials detail.
The show will present more than 24 Beatles tunes performed including “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section as well as “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet. The performance will also include a classical/rock blend on “I am the Walrus.”
“One of the things we’re so delighted to have is this symphony, many members of which are professionals that live in this area,” Wills said. “To bring this group in, they’re going to be doing music from The Beatles discography from the beginning to the end of their career together. That kind of music is very eclectic.”
Since its initial show in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has performed with more than 100 orchestras across the United State and around the world, receiving numerous accolades from fans and the media.
James Owen, the founder of Classical Mystery Tour, also portrays John Lennon in the show.
“They are such a talented group of professionals,” Wills said. “The guy that is handling most of the stuff is the main singer for that group and he knows The Beatles. He knows that music and loves it. He’s always excited to play it. He’s going to do a great job.”
Tickets will be $32-$52 and $8 for students and are available by calling the Wagner Noël box office at 800-514-3849 or by visiting https://www.mosc.org/.
If you go
- What: Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles.
- When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
- Where: Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.