For Immediate Release
Oct. 19, 2012
NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) begins its 12th year of performances at the Scottish Rite Cathedral with the Classical Mystery Tour, a special tribute to the Beatles’ acclaimed album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
|Clen Moore Church, Scottish Rite Cathedral, New Castle|
The concert, led by the PSO’s newly appointed Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor, will begin at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle.
Concert tickets, ranging from $16 to $59, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office toll-free at 1.800.743.8560, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org. Group tickets also are available. As part of an education program developed for the community, a special package for families with children up to high-school age is available. Children may get free tickets if accompanied by a parent. Both the free ticket and a discounted ticket for the parents are available by calling 412.392.4819. Also, pre-concert dinners at the Scottish Rite Cathedral begin at 6 p.m. before each concert. Call 724.654.6683 for reservations. Three-concert subscriptions, ranging from $33 to $150, as well as student subscription packages for $24, are also available.
There will be shuttle service in New Castle for all three PSO concerts. The shuttle costs $1 for a round trip, and begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Parking Garage, before stopping at the Washington Center parking lot and Clen Moore Church.
Described by the Los Angeles Times as providing “a high goose-bump quotient,” the Classical Mystery Tour concert features four musicians who look and sound just like The Beatles. A tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the first rock album to ever win a Grammy for Album of the Year, this show is more than a rock concert. It presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes transcribed note-for-note and performed exactly as they were originally recorded.
Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; John Brosnan (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals.
A resident of London, John Brosnan is a songwriter and musician who grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He studied classical piano performance and theory at the Conservatorium of Music before switching to guitar, which has since become his main instrument. His first professional job came at 18, when he played in an orchestra that accompanied a musical theater production. He then spent the next decade playing in original bands and achieved some minor chart successes in Australia, UK, and the United States. Brosnan first began performing the role of George Harrison in 2000. Since then, he has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and Asia with various Beatles productions. In addition to performing with Classical Mystery Tour, he runs a music and film production company in the UK.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Chris Camilleri had a convenient drum teacher; his dad. He started listening to Beatles records at a young age and, for many years, played drums and sang along to the recordings. Gradually, Chris gravitated to progressive rock bands, but retained a fondness for The Beatles and eventually formed the internationally-renowned Beatles cover band Liverpool, which still reunites to perform at the Fests For Beatles Fans (formerly Beatlefest). Camilleri has played drums for a variety of touring artists, including Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits fame), Badfinger, Micky Dolenz, Joe Walsh, and other Beatles-era bands. He became a good friend and musical associate to Harry Nilsson (who was a contemporary and close friend to all the individual Beatles). In addition to The Beatles, his musical influences include Jethro Tull, Genesis, ELP, and David Bowie. When not playing music, Chris has an active commercial and voice-over career.
Singer-songwriter Tony Kishman was born in Tucson, Ariz., where he began his musical career in the early 1970s. Although he had been playing guitar for a number of years, it was not until age 19 that Kishman started performing seriously. Kishman's early influences included Wishbone Ash, Bad Company and Peter Frampton. Between 1973 and 1978, he played guitar in the group Cheap Trix, a cover band performing Top 40 as well as originals. Starting in 1979, Kishman played bass and guitar for six years as Paul McCartney in both the national and international tours ofBeatlemania. He then went on to perform in Legends in Concert and produced shows that ran in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. He joined the classic group Wishbone Ash for a tour of Europe and the recording of the group's 18th album.
Jim Owen was born and raised in Huntington Beach, Calif. He gained rich musical experience from his father, who played music from the classics for him on the piano and from his extensive library of recordings by the great classical artists. Owen began studying the piano at 6, and won honors in various piano performance competitions through his teenage years. He was 8 years old when he first heard The Beatles, and promptly decided to take up the study of the guitar. His first professional performance as a Beatle was at 16. Then, at 18, he began touring internationally with various Beatles tribute productions, visiting Japan, Korea, China, Canada, Mexico, and much of South America. In 1996, Owen began working on his idea for a new show with orchestra. It has long been his dream to share with the public live performances of some of the greatest music ever written and recorded.Classical Mystery Tour was the result. Most recently, Owen became associate producer of the dance musical Shag With a Twist, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2005, and debuted in Las Vegas July, 2006.
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