Grammy-winning conductor to bring Beatles, BSO together at Bangor Waterfront

Posted April 03, 2011, at 8:47 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The British invasion has been launched again, but this time the Beatles will be storming the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion as part of a collaboration among a nationally acclaimed tribute band, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Grammy-winning conductor Lucas Richman.

Yesterday, one of the longest-performing and most popular Beatles tribute bands, will bring the live performance and sounds of the “lads from Liverpool” to Bangor and join with a 50-piece orchestra for a Waterfront Concerts series show on Saturday, June 4.

Yesterday Productions, based in Las Vegas, is the largest Beatles tribute production company in the world and has been performing Beatles music since 1986.

“David Whitehill [BSO director] and I crossed paths at a meeting back along and found a mutual goal, so I started trying to figure out a way to help them out because my Aunt Ruth has been a big supporter of theirs for a long time,” said Old Town native Alex Gray, Waterfront Concerts’ promoter.

The fact that the BSO hasn’t physically performed in Bangor since December 2008 adds to the special nature of this performance.

“I didn’t realize it had been that long,” said Whitehill. “We haven’t played here since the University of Maine’s arts center had renovations and went from Maine Center for the Arts to the Collins Center.”

Whitehill says he’s thrilled to be a part of this unique musical partnership and presentation.

“The Beatles never had an opportunity to play with an orchestra, but a lot of their albums were recorded with one and the chance to re-create that on the Bangor Waterfront is really exciting for us,” Whitehill said. “One of the hardest things for us is just to expose people to the orchestra, but I think that’s what this kind of concert can do.

“It’s no longer just your grandmother’s orchestra, but more importantly it’s great music and it’s great Alex came forward to set this up.”

Richman recently won a Grammy Award for his work conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Christopher Tin’s classical-world fusion work “Calling All Dawns,” which was named best classical crossover album.

Yesterday, which performs regularly in Las Vegas and Branson, Mo., has performed over the last 10 years with many of today’s most renowned symphonies in their “POPS” series, providing charts for 50-piece orchestras with scores for Beatles classics such as “Something,” “A Day in the Life,” “Penny Lane” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

“We’re looking for diversity and culture in addition to what we already have scheduled or have had before and this is very unique and very different than anything you usually see or hear,” said Gray.

Ticket prices are $27.50, $37.50 and $51.50 (not including certain fees and taxes), and portions of ticket sales will go to Eastern Maine Children’s Charities and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They are available for purchase at Mark’s Music in Brewer, online at www.waterfrontconcerts.com and by phone at 783-2009.

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