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RPO CELEBRATES BEATLES 50th ANNIVERSARY

March 03, 2014

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For Immediate Release: March 3, 2014
Media Contacts: Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com
RPO Info:  rpo.org, facebook.com/SuperRPO, twitter.com/SuperRPO, rpo-land.blogspot.com

RPO CELEBRATES BEATLES 50th ANNIVERSARY
Classical Mystery Tour at CMAC July 20th

Rochester, NY – Celebrate the Beatles’ 50th anniversary with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424) on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 6 p.m.  Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles with the RPO will feature the world-renowned tribute band performing more than two dozen Beatles hits – sung and played exactly as they were recorded. Tickets range from $15 lawn seats (two free lawn tickets for kids under 18 with each adult ticket purchased) to $49 table seats, and will go on sale this Friday, March 7 at noon via Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000), or the Blue Cross Arena Box Office (One War Memorial Square or 585-758-5330).

Classical Mystery Tour is much more than just a rock concert featuring four musicians who look and sound just like the Fab Four. From early Beatles music through the solo years, audiences hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, and enjoy the rock/classical blend on "I Am the Walrus."

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano and vocals; David John (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman, who transcribed the scores note-for-note from Beatles recordings, will conduct. The Los Angeles Times called the show "more than just an incredible simulation...the swelling strings and soaring French horn lines gave Saturday's live performance a high goose-bump quotient...the crowd stood and bellowed for more." Classical Mystery Tour also opened the RPO’s 2012-13 Pops Season with its Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band concert and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik last September.

“All of us at the RPO are excited to be returning to Canandaigua for three concerts at CMAC this summer, including this always-popular Beatles show, our annual Salute to America on July 3rd and The Ben Folds Orchestra Experience on July 22nd,” says RPO President and CEO Charles Owens “These concerts – in addition to other events we’ll be announcing soon – will bring our orchestra to a wider and more diverse audience than ever this summer.”

Please visit rpo.org for all RPO shows, and view the 2014 CMAC line-up and show announcements at cmacevents.com.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its founding in 1922. The RPO presents up to 150 concerts a year, serving nearly 200,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Notable former music directors include Eugene Goossens, José Iturbi, Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman, and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman; Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his 20-year tenure with the RPO. With Michael Butterman as Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) – the first position of its kind in the country – the RPO reaches 14,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children. The RPO's 2013-14 season highlights include Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik's 20th anniversary celebration, and a performance at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2014, as part of the Spring For Music festival.

The Friends of Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (F-CMAC) is a not-for-profit corporation that was formed to assume the responsibility for financial operation of CMAC. It is located on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College in Ontario County.

Media please note:  High-resolution photos for this concert as well as 2013-14 Pops/other concerts are available at:
https://docs.google.com/folderview?usp=sharing&pli=1&id=0B8FkJzlaIpThZG4zUWlfc2JMYXc.
High-res images for 2013-14 Philharmonics concerts are available at:
https://docs.google.com/folderview?usp=sharing&pli=1&id=0B8FkJzlaIpTheWNfMkVvcU9Icmc.
Interviews, as well as photo and footage opportunities, can also be arranged.

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