Music Review: Classical Mystery Tour

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Bank of America Pops Series with the Nashville Symphony presents:
Classical Mystery Tour (Feb. 20 – 22; All ages)
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Place, Nashville
687-6400 •
Remaining show times: Fri – Sat 8 p.m.
Tickets: $44 – $138

The power of music and how it connects with the human spirit has never been more alive and well as it is on the Schermerhorn’s stage with The Beatles tribute band, Classical Mystery Tour, happening through Saturday. It’s an awesome night of music even if you’re not a fan of The Beatles … but if you are, this is a mind-blowing royal treat!

The symphony itself is in flawless form sending up the opening medley that includes “Strawberry Fields,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and a powerfully moving rendition of “Let it Be.” Then the faux Fab Four — Jim Owen (John Lennon), Benjamin Chadwick (Paul McCartney), David John (George Harrison) and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Star) — take the stage along with the orchestra to deliver an incredible night of music from the past.

Classical Mystery Tour kicks it off with “Eight Days a Week” in mop-top garb from the late ’50s, followed by “A Hard Day’s Night” and a really impressive version of Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” — a great nod to Music City’s country roots — that beautifully glides into The Beatles’ hit, “Yesterday,” that is enhanced with the cello and first string violins.

A quick costume change brings the band and the audience into the ’60s for the Sgt. Peppers era that brings forth some of the most amazing orchestrations from the band and the Nashville Symphony. It’s a fun musical ride through tunes like “All You Need is Love” and “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

After the 15-minute intermission, get ready to glide into the ’70s! Amazing renditions of tunes like “I’m the Walrus,” “Life Goes On,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Come Together” and the incredibly powerful version of “Live and Let Die” — the BEST in the show! — will knock your socks off, or at least roll them up and down a few times!

Two encore numbers are beloved hits: “Hey, Jude” and the get-on-your-feet-and-dance tune, “Twist and Shout.” This night of music evokes grand, bold memories for those old enough to remember it back in the day. And who isn’t familiar with The Beatles? Even young families know this music, and your kids will have a blast experiencing it with a full orchestra. This show is a musical masterpiece!


Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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