Among this year’s annual line-up of the Presidential Concert Series were clarinetists, violin ensembles and high-profile string quartets.
Classical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute band, seems slightly misplaced.
Taking their name from a rendering of the Beatles’ song and film “Magical Mystery Tour,” the group is comprised of Jim Owen (John Lennon), Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) and John Brosnan (George Harrison).
Classical Mystery Tour allows Beatles’ fans the unique opportunity to not only experience live Beatles music, but to do so with the grandiose of a live orchestra.
To accompany the group, Robert Bernhardt conducted the Lee Univeristy Symphony Band.
The night’s lineup featured 30 selections from the Beatles’ most popular songs, including “Yesterday,” “All You Need Is Love” and “Come Together.”
Throughout the concert, both image and attire evolve across the different eras of Beatles history, from the black suits and mop tops of their early years to the long hair and loud costumes from their “Sergeant Pepper” shows.
The Beatles’ personas and mannerisms were displayed as was made evident through McCartney’s signature two-fingered salute and Lennon’s heavy British accent.
“Usually the orchestras we play with are much, much older,” Owen said, after the show with his accent missing.
Those who had the opportunity to play with the group were exultant.
It was like they were reincarnated. I felt like a pop star,
sophomore violinist Hannah Daulton said.
At the end of the show, Classical Mystery Tour responded to a standing ovation by returning to the stage to perform “Hey Jude.”
The audience sang loudly along and waved their hands as the band followed and ended finally with “Twist and Shout.”
“It was exciting because the crowd got into it in a way they normally don’t for symphony orchestras,” sophomore cellist Caroline Kindiger said.