Beatles tribute band and orchestra together in concert at the Riverwalk Center Saturday
Ryan Summerlin July 19, 2012
The Beatles are making a comeback this weekend in “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles,” performed live in concert with the Breckenridge Music Festival orchestra.
The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center Saturday.
Not only do the four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour sound like The Beatles, they look a lot like them, too. The show features more than 24 Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded, including favorites like “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet and “I am the Walrus” with a classical/rock twist.
“We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals,” said band member Jim Owen, who admits that he and the rest of Classical Mystery Tour are big Beatles fans. “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,” he said.
Before the concert, guests can attend a $10 pre-party on the lawn by the Blue River hosted by Applause!, the festival’s fundraising arm, where they can enjoy “Give Peace a Chance” appetizers and a “Strawberry Field” dessert bar. There will also be Beatles trivia and a raffle to win a Beatles remastered stereo CD box set.
Tickets for the “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles” range from $25-$45 depending on seat preference. Purchase tickets through the Riverwalk Center box office at www.breckenridgeriverwalkcenter.com or call (970) 547-3100.
The concert is part of the Blue River Series, a summer program of popular music offered by the Breckenridge Music Festival in addition to its annual classical repertoire.