This week George Martin, better known as “the Fifth Beatle,” a record producer with long ties and associations with the classical and opera world, celebrated his 86th birthday. That may be especially appropriate because the classical and pop worlds will collide in a good way – much as it did when Martin became the Fab Four’s producer for some of their best known work such as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.”
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) kicks off the busy football weekend with a salute to the most prolific of the Beatles, Paul McCartney. The orchestra will be led by McCartney look-alike Tony Kishman in renditions of McCartney favorites like “Maybe I’m Amazed” and the iconic “Live and Let Die” written for the James Bond film partially filmed in New Orleans.
McCartney recorded his “Venus and Mars Are Allright” album here at Sea-Saint Studios back in 1974 with wife Linda. It will be interesting to hear what Beatles selections the orchestra will play with Kishman, but selections like “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby” spring right to mind.
Tickets are still available for the show that begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.