Symphony to perform the Beatles

Bob Bernhardt. Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony will end its “Pops” series with two evenings of music from the Beatles.

The symphony will relive the Beatles this weekend in “Revolution: The Music of the Beatles — A Symphonic Experience” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, at Devos Performance Hall, at 303 Monroe Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

The performance will reprise music from the Beatles’ 1969 album “Abbey Road.” The pieces are transcribed and arranged for symphony orchestra and will play alongside singers, projected imagery and surprises from the Beatles’ archives in two evenings of retro favorites.

“Revolution” is a presentation of the Beatles’ music, arranged by Grammy winner Jeff Tyzik. 

The concert will be conducted by Bob Bernhardt, principal pop conductor for the Grand Rapids Symphony. Bernhardt, a self-proclaimed Beatles fan, said the performance would be a “Beatles fest,” and promised exclusive photography and video footage of the Beatles in addition to the musical performances. 

“It’s not the kind (of Beatles show) you may have been used to,” Bernhardt said. “It’s not a group of people dressed up as the Beatles, trying to be the Beatles.” 

The concerts are the last of the symphony’s “Pops” 2021-22 series. The series explores popular culture through a musical lens, offering experiences that appeal to all ages.

Tickets for the concerts are available here.

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