Press Release • January 4, 2017

Philadelphia, PA (January 4, 2017) — In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking record “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” – which Rolling Stone calls the most important rock & roll album ever made – the Philly POPS will perform the album that transformed rock forever on February 3, 4, and 5 at the Kimmel Center.

The show features the Classical Mystery Tour, a group of four musicians who perform the music of The Beatles exclusively with symphony orchestras. The performers resemble John, Paul, George, and Ringo in look and sound – and dress the part in Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road costumes.

“The Classical Mystery Tour​ specializes in performing songs of The Beatles​ that used orchestral arrangements… songs that they recorded in the studio but couldn’t play live,” said Michael Krajewski, Philly POPS Music Director. “That’s where the Philly POPS comes in. We have a full orchestra complete with those extra instruments. Beatles aficionados will be blown away hearing us perform these songs.”

The show will feature songs from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and more Fab Four hits, including:

“With a Little Help From My Friends”
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
“When I’m Sixty-Four”
“A Day In the Life”
“Eleanor Rigby”
“Love is All You Need”
“Come Together”
“Here Comes the Sun”
“I Am the Walrus”
“Yellow Submarine”

Schedule of events:

Friday, February 3
6:30pm: WMMR’s Pierre Robert will participate in a free pre-concert conversation with CBS Radio Philadelphia’s RJ McKay on the Plaza Stage, Kimmel Center
8pm: Sgt. Pepper Celebration, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center
WMMR’s Preston Elliott of The Preston & Steve Show will introduce the concert and conduct the “Rocky” theme song before the concert begins.

Saturday, February 4
1:30pm: WMGK’s Andre Gardner will participate in a free pre-concert conversation with CBS Radio Philadelphia’s RJ McKay on the Plaza Stage, Kimmel Center
3pm: Sgt. Pepper Celebration, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center
WMGK’s Andre Gardner will conduct a Beatles song during the show.

Sunday, February 5
1:30pm: Pre-concert entertainment and conversation, Plaza Stage, Kimmel Center
3pm: Sgt. Pepper Celebration, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center

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About The Philly POPS
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.

Now in its 38th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 100,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditions of music up through today’s chart toppers.

Outside the concert hall, Salute Series performances – including POPS on Independence on July 3 and the I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders – celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays; POPS in Schools enhances music education for Philadelphia School District students; and POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities.

The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.