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Music of the Beatles Classical Mystery Tour with the NJSO

State Theatre and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will present Music of the Beatles: Classical Mystery Tour with the NJSO on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3 pm. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and State Theatre present this symphonic tribute to the Fab Four. Tickets range from $20-88.

The Classical Mystery Tour includes more than two dozen Beatles songs from the band’s early days through the later solo years, all performed exactly as they were originally recorded. The program will be conducted by Martin Herman. Program highlights include “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section and “I Am the Walrus” with its distinct classical/rock blend.

Since its initial show at the Orange County Performing Arts Center 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 Los Angeles Times called the show “more than just an incredible simulation … the swelling strings and soaring French horn lines gave the live performance a high goose-bump quotient … the crowd stood and bellowed for more.”

“We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals,” says Classical Mystery Tour founder Jim Owen. “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, and on ‘A Day in the Life,’ that final big orchestra crescendo sounds amazing when it’s played live.”

Classical Mystery Tour
Since its initial performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has become one of the top symphonic pops attractions over the last decade. The group has been performing consistently for 17 years with more than 100 orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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. More information is available at

Martin Herman, conductor
A resident of Los Angeles, Martin Herman was educated at Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University. He also spent two years in Paris on a Fulbright Grant, where he worked as a composer and conductor with the “New American Music in Europe” and “American Music Week” festivals.

Aside from his conducting interests, Herman is an active composer and arranger. He has received fellowships and grants from the American Music Center, the Camargo Foundation, Meet the Composer, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has written chamber and orchestral works as well as three operas. He is recorded on the Albany Record label.

As a long-time Beatles fan, Herman was commissioned to provide the orchestral transcriptions heard on the Classical Mystery Tour show. Recent guest conducting engagements include the orchestras of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Diego, Fort Worth, Louisville, Virginia, Delaware, Alabama, Omaha and Buffalo, and the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra in Prague, Czech Republic.

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Under the bold leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the NJSO presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include the three-ensemble Greater Newark Youth Orchestras, school-time Concerts for Young People performances and multiple initiatives that provide and promote in-school instrumental instruction. The NJSO’s Resources for Education and Community Harmony (REACH) chamber music program annually brings original programs—designed and performed by NJSO musicians—to a variety of settings, reaching as many as 17,000 people in nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit online at The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Wednesday 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday 1 pm to pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

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