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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PSO presents a tribute to the Beatles with a Pops! concert featuring Classical Mystery Tour

PORTLAND, Maine – Fifty years after the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show the Portland Symphony Orchestra brings Beatlemania to Portland. The Pops! concert featuring The Beatles tribute band Classical Mystery Tour (CMT) will be held at Merrill Auditorium on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30PM and Sunday, May 4 at 2:30PM.

Classical Mystery Tour gives audiences the opportunity to enjoy a variety of the Beatles’ music just as it was written – with accompaniment from the orchestra. From early hits through the solo years, audiences will enjoy favorites like “Yesterday” with the accompanying string quartet, and “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section. 

Featuring members that look and sound like the real deal, CMT will open with the Beatles as they were when they arrived in the U.S. – complete with black suits, thin ties, and mop tops. Throughout the show, audiences will see and hear the transition to a more psychedelic sound, the addition of the orchestra and the later years when the band was beginning to dissolve.

When the Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, their songs that were so complex that the original 4-piece format couldn’t recreate them on stage. According to PSO resident Beatles expert and Concert Manager Joe Boucher, “The beauty of modern production now is that we can have a full symphony orchestra; you can have a band on stage, everything can be amplified and balanced and mixed so that you hear the full flower of what they were writing.”

For an insider’s opinion on the Beatles and Classical Mystery Tour, view the PSO’s online insights with Joe Boucher and Assistant Conductor Norman Huynh.

The concerts are sponsored by MPX. The Portland Symphony’s 2013-14 season is sponsored by WEX.

Tickets range from $25 - $75 and are available through PortTIX at (207) 842-0800 or Phone and internet orders are subject to per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Special pricing for students, seniors, and groups may be available. Subscriptions (up to 20% off single ticket prices) and Compose Your Own packages (10% off single ticket prices) are available all season long.

About the Portland Symphony Orchestra:
Founded in 1923, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is the largest performing arts organization in Maine and is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. Made up of more than 80 professional musicians, the PSO is renowned for its critically acclaimed performances and broad community engagement. More information can be found at

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