'The Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles'

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Experience the national touring Beatles music tribute concert Classical Mystery Tour at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Original members of the Broadway sensation “Beatlemania” perform two hours of non-stop Beatles hits.

The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes transcribed note-for-note and performed exactly as they were originally recorded. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, enjoy the classical/rock blend on “I Am the Walrus,” and relish the cascading orchestral crescendo on “A Day in the Life” as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra backs up the national artists.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the NFSO in the non-profit orchestra’s 29th performance year. Tickets are $37 and are available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at 850-729-6000 or online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. At-the-door tickets are available starting at 6 p.m. the night of the show for the same price as advance seating.

Since its initial show at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now renamed the Segerstrom Center for the Arts) 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.

The group has played to packed houses at the Sydney Opera House, they’ve performed more than a dozen times with the Fort Worth Symphony, and they’ve broken attendance records with the Indianapolis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and many others.

“We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals,” explains 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,” says 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.”

Classical Mystery Tour is truly the best of The Beatles — from early Beatles music on through the solo years — like you’ve never heard them before. Many have called it “the best show the Beatles never did.”