Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony succumbs to Beatlemania with A Classical Mystery Tour

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“It’s 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.” Los Angeles Times

What would The Beatles have sounded like if they had the chance to perform live in concert with a symphony orchestra? Find out when Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles performs live with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) at the Centre In The Square on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 at 8 pm.

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 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, and enjoy the classical/rock blend on “I Am the Walrus.”

“From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them before,” stated KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell who will be on the podium for this performance. “You could say it’s the best show the Beatles never did!”

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; John Brosnan (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals.

“We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals,” explains Owen, who admits that he and the other three Classical Mystery Tour members are big Beatles fans. “The orchestra score is exact, right down to every note and instrument that was on the original recording. On ‘A Day in the Life,’ that final big orchestra crescendo sounds amazing when it’s played live.”

KWS and the Classical Mystery Tour also travel to Toronto’s SONY Centre for a performance on Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m.

KWS would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this performance: Season Sponsor: Sun Life Financial, Pops Series Sponsor: Heffner Lexus, Evan Mitchell’s Sponsors: Dr. Desta Leavine and Dr. David Taylor, and the Event Sponsor: Teledyne Dalsa.

February 10 & 11 | 8PM | Centre In The Square
Evan Mitchell, conductor
Classical Mystery Tour musicians: Jim Owen, Tony Kishman, John Brosnan, and Chris Camilleri.

By Phone: 519.745.4711 or 888.745.4717
In person: Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts | 36 King St W, Kitchener
Tickets start at $19.