The Beatles at Barnum is a celebration of the music of the Beatles, featuring the award-winning Samohi Symphony Orchestra. Beatles historian and bon vivant Martin Lewis will again host the show, which includes full orchestral arrangements of Beatles favorites, audience sing-a-longs, the rock band FKB, and a multimedia presentation.
“This is a rare opportunity to see the music of the Beatles performed by a live orchestra, fronted by a rock band. Last year’s show was an absolute knockout – this is an event not to be missed by anyone who loves the Beatles,” said Steve Nemzer, of the Samohi OPA.
A protégé of Beatles publicist Derek Taylor, Lewis will share personal anecdotes about the Beatles and their music. “We’re thrilled to have Martin Lewis again as emcee for The Beatles at Barnum,” said Scott Ferguson, event producer. “He’s a world-renowned Beatles expert, a humanitarian, and brings a personal Beatles connection to the performance.” Among his many credits, Martin Lewis wrote and hosted the documentary Re-Meet The Beatles!, and produced The Fab 40!, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ first US visit.
The Beatles at Barnum features guest vocalists and instrumental performers, such as guitarist Jake Novek, who in 2011 brought down the house with his solos on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” “Barnum Hall has a long history as a stellar venue for pops collaborations between student performers and local artists, such as David Crosby, Jackson Browne, and the band America.” said Ferguson. “The Beatles at Barnum continues in this tradition. And besides being a fantastic show, the event helps raise funds for the Samohi Orchestra program.”