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This Weekend: Take a Classical Mystery Tour at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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If you missed the opportunity to see the Beatles live-in-concert back in the day, now is your chance to see the band, all four members alive and well, and working a Hard Day's Night. Appearing this weekend only, you can witness the Beatles right on stage at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the premier concert venue right here in our fair city.

It's like being a screaming teenager at a real Beatles concert as the Fab Four, John, Paul, George and Ringo (Jim Owen, Benjamin Chadwick, David John and Chris Camilleri respectively), donned in their trademark black suits, stroll nonchalantly onto the stage in the grand Laura Turner Hall, to perform with our fabulous Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The band takes us back in time with 30 Beatles' tunes, word for word, note for note, played live, just like you knew them way back when. Or, perhaps as your parents or even grandparents knew them back then.

The Classical Mystery Tour is a group of four young men who look and sound just like The Beatles, performing more than two dozen of your favorite Beatles tunes, which have been carefully transcribed, note-for-note, head shakes and guitar dips included, and performed exactly as originally recorded. It is, indeed, like you are in the sixties, at a live Beatles concert - girls (and yes, ladies) screaming, "I love you, Paul!" and all.

Classical Mystery Tour has performed hundreds of concerts with local orchestras all across the U.S, and around the world, since its inception in 1996. Media and fans alike have given countless kudos to the production, fans gobbling up the band's CDs and T-Shirts, signed by the band members right on the spot, available during intermission and after the show.

In true Schermerhorn style, Classical Mystery Tour brings to us classical music with modern appeal. It's music that non-classical lovers will love, classical lovers will adore, and Beatles fans will scream about for decades.

My readers (faithful group that you are) know that one of my missions in my writings and ramblings is to get my community involved in the arts; theatre, ballet, opera and of course, classical music at my favorite music venue, Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

I didn't hear my first symphony in full, at a concert with an actual symphony orchestra until I was 54 years old. I didn't think I'd like what I thought of as "elevator music" and figured I'd be bored to tears with these long pieces that had no meaning for me. Do you know what I mean? The songs we love have memories, feelings or moods attached to them, making them part of our lives, our souls. I knew I wouldn't get that in a classical concert.

I was wrong. With the first classical concert I attended, I could see Tom & Jerry, the Road Runner and Mickey Mouse running around in my head. With some of the pieces, I could see a Western movie playing out in my mind, shocking me with the familiarity of the tunes, with the break-through that I wasn't as ignorant of classical music as I thought. No, I couldn't name the symphonies I heard, but I could feel them, in my heart, my soul and most definitely in my memories, making them comforting, familiar and friendly. That's how I fell in love with the Nashville Symphony. And now I take my grandson and granddaughter to the Pied Piper Series and they love it too. No, it's not Rap or Country or Pop, but it is part of our lives from the time we are little, whether we know it or not. So, please, shake off the fear of the unknown, the stigma that orchestral music is for the rich, the professionals, the educated, the elderly -and come to a concert, bring a kid, a loved one, and get ready to fall in love.

With that being said, what better start to classical music than the Classical Mystery Tour going on at Schermerhorn Symphony Center this very weekend? Take your teens, believe me, they know the music. For more info and to Buy YOUR tickets, visit nashvillesymphony.org.

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