Classical Crossovers, Part 1 : The Beatles… Classically!

~ posted by Alison @ KMFA  🙂

Last week, a bunch of us had the opportunity to attend The Eggmen performance  (“with full orchestra”) at the Paramount Theater. It was a BLAST! If you have not yet heard of The Eggmen, they are a Beatles tribute band, winning “Best Cover Band” from the Austin Chronicle readers’ poll for the past 5 years.

This particular concert was a special benefit for the McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra, and the McCallum Chamber Orchestra actually performed with them during their second set. The Beatles used a lot of orchestral music in the recordings of their later compositions, and the McCallum kids really stepped up and did a great job… and looked like they were having a great time, too!

Let me tell you, the singing, the music, the wardrobes…it was just like being at a real live Beatles concert! (Without the screaming girls fainting in the front row, that is.) They sang their first set with songs from the early years, wearing trim black suits and sporting Liverpool accents. For the second set, they changed into groovier psychedelic clothes from their later years, awash with color, including bell-bottom pants, peasant shirts and authentic instruments from the 1970s; there was a great light show in the background, and the whole thing looked like a Peter Max painting come to life!

 I’m pleased to report that they played at least 20 of my favorite Beatles songs.  😉  The highlight for me was the sing-along portions of Yellow Submarine and Hey, Jude. By the end of the concert we were just that giddy!

Speaking of McCallum, the opening act was a short set by The Apple Trio. They are McCallum students who have their own extracurricular trio, and they performed their own compositions which really were impressive.

All in all, it was a great concert, and three hours flew like minutes, it was so much fun. There were even fellow audience members dancing in the aisles! Bravo to The Paramount for hosting this event, and to the McCallum Orchestra fund-raising team, and to The Eggmen, and to the wonderfully talented students of the McCallum Chamber Orchestra.  I can’t wait for next year!  🙂

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