Choral Arts Society performing Beatles concert

The Choral Arts Society will present “The Long and Winding Road, the Music of the Beatles,” at 7 Saturday night (May 11) at the EAA Chapter 838 Museum, 3333 N. Green Bay Road in Racine.

The full chorus — plus strings, horns, and rock ensemble — will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles song, performing in a variety of styles, from a capella chorus to the complete complement of voices and instruments.

Special guests are Marvin Dykhuis and Mark Paffrath of Marvin and the Dogs, plus Hans Mayer, John Traylor, Randy Fischer and Curt Hanrahan.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s songwriting touches many moods and emotions, organizers said, adding that the concert will “offer poignant ballads like ‘Here, There, and Everywhere,’ fun and humorous ditties like ‘Yellow Submarine’ and rocking refrains like ‘Hey Jude.’”

James Schatzman, the group’s conductor and artistic director, said, “Putting this program together was so much fun. The challenge was that it was almost impossible to pare down the list. The number of truly great songs is astonishing when you look at all of them at one time.”

The Beatles influenced how popular music was presented and recorded, Schatzman said. “The influence of the Beatles cannot be overestimated. They changed the entire industry of popular music. They transformed from a typical ‘bubble gum band’ to release their full compositional creativity, writing over 200 songs. Some of their songs are perfect for a more classical presentation.”

Tickets for this program are $15 in advance/$17 at the door for adults; $12 in advance/$14 at the door for senior citizens; and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available at Personal Touch Florists in Racine, 5445 Spring St., or online at www.choralartsonline.org.

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