The Pasadena POPS celebrates the best of the music of The Beatles with Classical Mystery Tour on Saturday, July 11 at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Back by Popular demand, Classical Mystery Tour brings the timeless hits of The Beatles to life with a fresh set list of favorites from the early years to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band through their solo careers. Spanning The Beatles’ vast catalog, tracks include Yesterday, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Day in the Life, Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, and Let It Be plus many more.
The performers include Jim Owen (John Lennon), Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison) and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr). The quartet looks and sounds just like The Beatles, with unforgettable music and costumes, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes transcribed note-for-note and performed with a full orchestra – like you’ve never heard them before. Many have called it “the best show the Beatles never did!”
“The orchestral score is exact, right down to every note and instrument that was on the original recording,” explains Jim Owens, one of the founders and performers of Classical Mystery Tour. “It’s always been our goal to play Beatles music as closely to the way they did it, because really, they did it the best.”
Tickets to Classical Mystery Tour start at $25 and are on sale now along with all other concerts in the Pasadena POPS Sierra Auto Summer Series. All concerts are held at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Among many venue amenities, audiences can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup just steps from your table from Julienne, Marston’s and Claud & Co. The food court will host mouth-watering food trucks plus specialty ice creams by Choctál. The concert experience is effortless with two full beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks plus exclusive hotel packages for POPS patrons at Pasadena’s landmark Hotel Constance. Patrons may also visit the Pasadena Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be on-site prior to each concert with deserving animals in need of a forever home as part of the Pups for POPS program.
All concertgoers enjoy free parking at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance. Audiences get the ultimate outdoor concert experience: large LED video screens to see the artists and orchestra up close, superior sound quality and the high-quality production value that is a signature of the Pasadena POPS.
Don’t miss the best outdoor dinner party in town with spacious circular table seating with fine linens or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket – each option carries on the summer tradition of picnic-dining with your family and friends with Pasadena’s premier POPS orchestra! The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Single tickets and season subscriptions are now on sale and are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concerts.