‘Beetlemania’ hits GJ symphony stage

Beatlemania comes to Grand Junction for one night with the sounds of John, Paul, George and Ringo accompanied by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

The Classical Mystery Tour, featuring original members of the Broadway hit “Beatlemania,” will join the symphony in its pops concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Grand Junction High School, 1400 N. Fifth St.

“The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes, sung, played and performed exactly as they were written,” a news release said.

The audience will “hear ‘Penny Lane’ with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of ‘Yesterday’ with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard-edged ‘I Am the Walrus,’” the release said.

Jim Owen, creator of the Classical Mystery Tour, first performed in “Beatlemania” when he was 16 years old and toured Asia and South America with various productions of the show. He began working on an idea for a live show featuring some of the greatest music ever written and recorded.

According to the news release, the first performance of the Classical Mystery Tour was in November 1996. Since then, Owen and a rotating cast of about eight other musicians have performed the show nationwide.

Tickets to the symphony show cost $15–$35 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at gjsymphony.org, by calling 243-6787 or at the symphony office in the Alpine Bank building, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 120.



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