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Southwest Florida Symphony to opens its 57th season with tribute to The Beatles with ‘Classical Mystery Tour’Season kicks off Oct. 21 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

September 15, 2017
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Southwest Florida Symphony opens its 57th season with the uncanny likenesses of John, Paul, George, Ringo and original maestro Nir Kabaretti with The Beatles tribute, "Classical Mystery Tour."

"Classical Mystery Tour" performs live with the Southwest Florida Symphony Saturday, Oct. 21, at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.

Tickets cost between $29 and $89 per person and are available by calling the Southwest Florida Symphony box office at 239-418-1500, by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103, in Fort Myers, by calling the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall box office at 239-481-4849 or online at

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Maestro Nir Kabaretti will lead the Southwest Florida Symphony in the Pops performance of “Classical?Mystery Tour” featuring hits from The Beatles on Oct. 21.

Tickets are also available at the door one hour before the performance.

The four musicians in "Classical Mystery Tour" bring a quintessential performance of The Beatles' music with the show, which features more than two-dozen Beatles' tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded. This concert pays homage to early Beatles hits that skyrocketed the band to fame all the way through Sgt. Pepper, in honor of that album's 50th anniversary.

Concert-goers will hear "Penny Lane" with a glittering live trumpet section, experience the raw emotion of "Yesterday" with acoustic guitar and string quartet, encounter the original classical/rock mashup concept with the rock band and orchestral blend on "I Am the Walrus," and relish the cascading crescendos on "A Day in the Life."

Adding to the thrill of this performance is the rare and wonderful presence of Maestro Kabaretti on the podium, leading the Southwest Florida Symphony in a Pops performance. Though the Southwest Florida Symphony's music director and conductor has spent his career leading classical and operatic performances around the world and has cultivated a significant following for his expressive style here in Lee County, he is a die-hard Beatles fan who expressed unbridled excitement at the prospect of conducting "Classical Mystery Tour."

"When we pitched the possibility of a Beatles tribute performance this season, Nir was ecstatic!" said Amy Ginsburg, the Southwest Florida Symphony's executive director. "He wanted to make absolutely sure that he would be the one conducting the orchestra for this show. It will be so much fun to watch him lead the symphony in a classic rock show!"



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