The Pasadena POPS celebrate the best of The Beatles with Classical Mystery Tour on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Back by popular demand, Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles brings the timeless hits of the “Fab Four” 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, with a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the “White Album.” Spanning The Beatles’ vast catalog, tracks include “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Hey Jude,” “Imagine,” and many more.
Classical Mystery Tour performers include Jim Owen (John Lennon), Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney), Tom Teeley (George Harrison) and Doug Cox (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. You might say it’s 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 close as possible to the way they did it, because really, they did it the best.” The Los Angeles Times raved that Classical Mystery Tour was “more than just an incredible simulation … the crowd stood and bellowed for more.”
Tickets to Classical Mystery Tour start at $25 and are on sale now along with all other concerts in the Pasadena POPS Sierra Summer Concert Series. All Pasadena POPS concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. 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 tradition of picnic-dining with your family and friends with Pasadena’s premier orchestra. Among many venue amenities, concert goers can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup just steps from their table from Julienne, Marston’s and Claud & Co. The venue also hosts mouth-watering food trucks and the convenience of two full beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee, and soft drinks.
Audiences get the ultimate outdoor concert experience with large LED video screens to see the orchestra up close, superior sound and the high-quality production value that is a signature of the Pasadena POPS. 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. For those who want to make a night of it, exclusive hotel packages are available for POPS patrons at Pasadena’s landmark Hotel Constance.
The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. Subscribers may pre-purchase parking on-site at the Arboretum, and 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. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (626)-793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org, or at the Arboretum on the day of the concert.