The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra plays the Beatles!

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The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra: All You Need Is Love
UH Hilo Performing Arts Center
Thursday, May 3, 7:30 pm
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As a follow-up to December’s hugely successful Frank Zappa tribute concert, which found the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra performing alongside Frank Zappa’s son and accomplished musician Dweezil Zappa, comes a concert dedicated to the music of The Beatles.  The show will feature some of the Beatles best-loved songs with a focus on the later half of their recording career. Selections from the albums Revolver, Abbey Road, Magical Mystery Tour and the White Album (The Beatles) will be presented. The band will also perform several songs from the groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Musical Director Trever Veilleux says “The impact the Beatles had on popular music cannot be overstated.  Their songs have become ingrained in our collective culture and continue to be loved by younger generations.  We’ve had so much fun putting this show together! We’ll be playing everything from hard rocking songs like “Helter Skelter,” to beautiful ballads like “Yesterday.”  Lennon and McCartney were master songwriters and learning this music has been a real treat. The musicians in the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra do an amazing job injecting youthful energy into this great music.”

Joining the UH Hilo group on select numbers will be the Orchid Isle Orchestra (OIO).  OIO is a project of the East Hawaii Cultural Center, founded by Cathy Young in 2006, for violin-family players/students in the community, young and old. OIO’s Assistant Conductor Walter Greenwood will conduct She’s Leaving Home, a Lennon/McCartney piece arranged by Cathy Young for string orchestra.  Veilleux says “combining forces with the Orchid Isle Orchestra allows us to realize those great George Martin orchestral arrangements, that are such an important part of the Beatles records, live on stage.  I think this is going to give the Hilo audience a rare opportunity to hear these classic songs performed with all those cool little extra parts included. I’m especially looking forward to hearing 30 plus musicians playing the crescendos in “A Day In The Life,” and the beautiful string parts in “Eleanor Rigby.’”  Young adds “Orchid Isle Orchestra players are excited to collaborate with the UHH Jazz Orchestra, and to play music many of us grew up hearing on the radio. How fun to share the Beatles with younger players who associate “Golden Slumbers” with the movie Sing! more than they do with Abbey Road and “Paul is dead” clues.”

The show will also feature dancing  and choreography by Dori Yamada and the 5,6,7,8s.  “The Beatles are in a category all by themselves.  The mark that they left on music, fashion, and pop culture can still be felt and seen today over fifty years later. To celebrate their music with Trever and the Jazz Orchestra is a fun way to pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time.  We hope we can bring some of their irreverence, joy and passion to the show in our own way” says Yamada.

 If You Go

Tickets are open seating: $12 General, $10 Discount, $5 Students w/ Valid ID & Children 17 & under.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

 For more information, or to order tickets, contact the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office at 932-7490 or on the web: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/depts/theatre/tickets/

For disability accommodation, contact Dori Yamada at 932-7496 (V), 933-3334 (TTY) at least ten (10) working days before the event.

For more on the Hilo Jazz Orchestra, visit their official website, hilojazz.com

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