THE WANNABEATLES AND THE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY “COME TOGETHER” TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF MUSIC BY THE BEATLES - February 6, 2015
South Florida Symphony will join forces with the Grammy-nominated Beatles tribute band, The WannaBeatles, for a “Magical Mystery Tour” de force.
It’s been a long and winding road for The South Florida Symphony. “The little symphony that could” is once again proving itself to be a key player in the Fort Lauderdale musical landscape. This time they will play host to a “re-imagining” of the 1964 British invasion, but even The Beatles never toured with an orchestra – until now.
On Friday, February 6th, the symphony will utilize their classical chops to recreate the dazzling orchestrations first heard on the vinyl recordings of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. With a little help from their friends – the Nashville-based tribute band, The WannaBeatles – the concert hall will be turned into a family-friendly “happening” – utilizing the sights and sounds of the 60’s. The fun begins on Monday, February 3rd at 8:00 pm at FAU’s Kaye auditorium in Boca Raton. Or you can “Twist and Shout” your way to The First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, February 6th at 7:30 pm. The full South Florida Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso, will join The WannaBeatles on such hits as “Something,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Penny Lane,” “Got to Get You into My Life,” “Yellow Submarine,” “A Day in the Life,” and many more.
“It’s a mind-blowing experience to hear this music performed with all the colors available in a symphony orchestra,” says WannaBeatle bass player/arranger, Nathan Burbank. For the group’s drummer, performing in South Florida is like coming home. “I was born in Cuba, raised in Key West, then moved to Miami where I got my musical training,” says David Toledo. “And through it all, there was always an underscoring of Beatles music.”
But there’s an even deeper connection to the South Florida Symphony Orchestra for the WannaBeatle drummer. In 1972, David met the Maestra-to-be, Sebrina Maria Alfonso, while the two were classmates in school. They have remained in touch ever since. When Sebrina booked The WannaBeatles to play with SFSO, the Ringo wannabe donned his composer’s cap and penned an original song in honor of his childhood home called, “Come to Key West.” The song will be debuted during their upcoming tour.
Says Maestra Alfonso, “It was a natural fit that we “Come Together” to celebrate the Beatles, The WannaBeatles and the South Florida Symphony; giving South Florida patrons “A Ticket To Ride”.
WANNABEATLES & SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY IN CONCERT
When: Friday, February 6 at 7:30 PM
Where: First Baptist Church, 301 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Price: $10 to $75, VIP tickets $150
Purchase Tickets - Online: www.southfloridasymphony.org; By phone: 954-522-8445
To learn more about The WannaBeatles visit http://www.thewannabeatles.com