The White Album Ensemble of Santa Cruz will join Redwood Symphony in a memorable benefit performance of live Beatles’ music in original arrangements at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City.
The night will feature a nostalgic trip down Abbey Road with a full orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Eric Kujawsky, backing the eight-piece band. Blending the worlds of classical and pop, this concert will provide a rich romp through the music that has reverberated through multiple generations of music lovers.
"The Beatles occupy a hallowed place at the very top of the popular music pantheon," Kujawsky said. "Their post-touring repertoire, beginning with Sgt. Pepper, is the most impressively innovative music of the past 50 years. And that's exactly the repertoire that our upcoming concert at the Fox will celebrate — with a full symphony orchestra accompanying the great Santa Cruz-based White Album Ensemble, in their first local appearance.”
Far more than a Beatles tribute band, the White Album Ensemble features a core of talented musicians and friends who have been performing together for years. The band includes former members of the Doobie Brothers, Quicksilver, Snail, the Little River Band and many more. The White Album Ensemble has refined its symphonic collaboration by performing each year with full orchestras.
"White Album Ensemble specializes in the post-touring Beatles repertoire, and the group recreates them in their original arrangements, lovingly reconstructed from the recordings," Kujawsky said.
"Some of the Beatles' most modernistic/artistic songs are the ones that producer George Martin (the Fifth Beatle) added orchestral instruments to, as well as interesting sound effects, edits, distortions and the patina of Art Form.
"I think hearing these live will really bring home to an audience how innovative and groundbreaking this music is (especially when we do the orchestra interlude in A Day in the Life)."
This evening at the historic Fox Theatre will benefit Redwood Symphony’s Community and Cultural Outreach programs. Tickets are available at FoxRWC.com.