Classic Albums Live: The Beatles – Let It Be
Presented by: Shenkman Arts Centre Presents
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8 pm
The twelfth and final studio album of the iconic band The Beatles was released a month after their breakup. Having started recording Let it Be
several years prior to its release, this tumultuous period in the band’s history is marked by George Harrison’s temporary departure, two different producers, a documentary film and the release of Abbey Road
“Let it Be,” “Get Back” and “A Long and Winding Road” are just a few of the chart topping songs on this final record. Indeed the long and winding road turned out to be the end of the road for arguably one of the most important bands of the times.About Classic Albums Live
Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does. For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, note for note- cut for cut.
"This has never been done before," says series producer, Craig Martin. "There's a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us this is the music we grew up with - the soundtrack of our lives."
"All of our focus is put into the music." Says Martin, "We perform the works of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin the same way an orchestra performs the works of Mozart. We don't bother with imitation or impersonation. The bands are big - upwards of 11 pieces. We research these albums and go to great lengths to reproduce each and every sound live. We never use tape or computers. We'll bring in a children's choir, a sitar player a string quartet, whatever it takes to get it right."
Each album calls for a new group of musicians. "That's the real challenge," says Martin, "Finding the right musicians for the right album. So far we've been bang on with every performance." Members of Nelly Furtado, Moist, Jesse Cooke, Honeymoon Suite, David Usher and the Headstones have all taken part in the performances.
“Joyful! Thrilling!” – Toronto Star
“No cheesy costumes, no bad impersonations!” – CBC
“This is a Rock ‘n’ Roll recital!” – Toronto Sun
“A must for music lovers!” – Maclean’s Magazine Ages:
All ages Language:
English Tickets (all-in price):
Harold Shenkman Hall
February 20 at 8:00 pm