ROSSI N LEIVA
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
Friday, October 3rd 2014
The Hilbert Circle Theater
For years I thought that I was born in the wrong generation, maybe because The Beatles music helped me learn English or perhaps that I was pretending to be an eighteen-year-old in 1964 and breathlessly awaiting the arrival of The Beatles onto the stage like those thousands to teenagers watching The Ed Sullivan Show.
My husband and I arrived somewhat early and as we were walking into this magnificent venue, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I made up a very creative story to convince my husband to come along with me, so we were there inside The Hilbert Circle Theatre admiring its ...view middle of the document...
The scenario was atypical: the drum kit, guitars and grand piano stationed in front of a clear acoustic shield on stage .“Classical Mystery Tour” sells itself as “a tribute to the Beatles, backed by a Symphony Orchestra,” and the musicians went all out to fulfill this claim.
The opening songs of the evening included “A Hard Day’s Night”, which I thought it was a bit out of the natural tempo in comparison with the original recording, I must admit that the arrangement that included the viola and the violins was delightful. I also heard “I Saw Her Standing There,” my heart bumped really hard with each line, just because I have always associated this song with how my parents met. This was one of the very few songs that I didn’t have much of accompanying by the orchestra, but the vocal arrangement and harmony made it almost like the original. This song also was one of many pieces during which the fab four encouraged the audience to participate with singing or clapping.
The show also included a magnificent solo performance, such as McCartney’s “Yesterday,” played with staccato rhythm and performed along with Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra String Quartet. Their version of Lennon’s “Imagine”, presented “John Lennon” all dressed in white playing sharp piano notes, and was also accompanied by strings but very slightly to my taste. The last stanza of the song develops the theme further and this song relies some elegant sentences that combined with the soft violins in accentuate its powerful message.
When they played “Sergeant Pepper Lonely Heart Club band” with the whole entire orchestra also include the musicians “clapping and laughing out loud” to recreate the original studio recording. The orchestra drums were clear and precise to start the first movement of the composition. I liked how a Horn quartet was used to transition from the first part of the song to the last one called “With a little help from my friends”
There was also "Penny Lane" with the woodwinds accompanying a live trumpet section and I honestly think it was a high-pitched piccolo trumpet solo. Along with that came the rock/classical blend on the hard edged Lennon classic "I Am the Walrus" that included the piano (which creates the opening sounds), guitar, bass, drums, violins, the harmonious cellos, horns, and a clarinet—practically the whole orchestra, it was phenomenal!
Whether it was the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra string sections joining pieces like “Eleanor Rigby” that used a string ensemble—in this case what is appears to be and octet comprising four violins, two cellos, and two violas, and “Here Comes the Sun,” featuring four violas, four cellos, double bass, two piccolos,...