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British Invasion Revisited at Tower Theatre

Read more: British Invasion Revisited at Tower TheatreFebruary 15, 1964, News In Brief put it this way: “There are rumors abound that the [Beatles] are Britain’s revenge for the Boston Tea Party.”

In mid-December 1964, I Want to Hold Your Hand began playing on U.S. radio stations. When the Fab Four played The Ed Sullivan Show two months later, captivating 60 percent of the American viewing audience, the British Invasion had officially begun. Before you could say “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” Beatlemania swept the country.

The world’s first boy band acted adorably goofy and good-natured in their radio and television interviews, especially during the first wave of Beatlemania. They also dropped the “roll” from rock ’n’ roll and replaced it with “pop,” combining for the first time rock and popular music in a unique fashion without losing rock’s primal, driving sound.

The Beatles were quickly followed by The Rolling Stones, who were perceived by the American public as a much more ‘edgy’ and even dangerous band. This image distinguished them from the Beatles, who had become more acceptable and parent-friendly. The Rolling Stones appealed more to an ‘outsider’ demographic and popularized, for young people at least, the rhythm and blues genre. The Rolling Stones would become the biggest band other than The Beatles to come out of the British Invasion.

The British Invasion was one of the watershed developments in American popular music history and is credited with inspiring the free speech movement and countless other social changes. During this year’s 50th anniversary of the British Invasion, this raises a question which has fueled arguments since both bands were covering Chuck Berry songs. Who’s better? The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

On Friday, October 24, Tower Theatre in Bend will host Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shoot Out with these two legendary bands engaging in an on-stage duel courtesy of renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash. The show consists of six alternating mini sets with both bands coming together on stage for an encore.

Fans must choose between Sir Mick Jagger leading the Stones through bluesy, soul rock or the Beatles trawling through their catalog of classics.

Since 2011, Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash have been going head-to-head across the Western United States in casinos, clubs and performing arts centers. The show performed a three month residency earlier this year at the Harrah’s Reno showroom. The next stop is Harrah’s Laughlin for a long residency. The show in Bend is part of a 110 show tour of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.

The band members exchange tongue-in-cheek barbs about the rivalry between the bad boys of London and the lads from Liverpool. “In fact, the Beatles and the Stones were fast friends,” said Young Hutchison, who plays “Keith Richards” in the show. “But if you were a 60’s kid, you had to be one or other – not both.”

“It was Mick Jagger who inducted the Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Chris Paul Overall, who plays “Paul.”

Abbey Road promise a 30-song, hit-packed chronological set, opening with I Want To Hold Your Hand and the Beatlemania years, to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, before building through the band’s “flower power” period. Jumping Jack Flash will perform three crowd-pleasing sets guaranteed to get even Beatles fans on their feet dancing.

Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shoot Out performs October 24 at at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 - $55, www.towertheatre.org, 541-317-0700

Join Harmony4Women & Sing for Your Sisters

Read more: Join Harmony4Women & Sing for Your SistersHave you ever wanted to sing on stage, but chose to sing in the shower or in your car instead? Now is the time to develop your singing and your stage presence in a unique opportunity called Harmony4Women (H4W). On September 18 women and teen girls from all over Central Oregon are invited to attend a singer sign-up party, to be held at the Southeast Bend home of Linda and Tom Gardner, 22055 Rickard Road, Bend.

The event will run from 5:30-7:30pm and potential singers will be treated to an explanation of the program and a sampling of 4-part harmony, acappella music. Refreshments will be provided, and carpooling is encouraged. A singer fee will help defray music licensing, printing and practice CD’s. The chorus will perform November 22 at the Tower Theatre.

In its fifth year, Harmony4Women’s goal is to educate, nurture, support and inspire women and audiences in Central Oregon while uniting women from all our communities and culminating in a crowd pleasing fundraising concert. With grantors and sponsors helping with expenses, the concert ticket sales and donations benefit the partner organizations, all involved in helping women and girls through education, training and inspiration. The 4 in the middle of Harmony4Women refers to the 4-part harmony sung by the group, as well as the 4 partner women’s groups it benefits: Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus, Grandma’s House of Central Oregon, Soroptimist International of Bend and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bend Branch.

Harmony4Women is an eight week education in music and acappella styling, directed by long-time, amazingly talented acappella musical director, Connie Norman. The singers learn so much, and are able to perform amazingly well after only 10 rehearsals. Said one singer, “I truly did love the H4W experience! Connie, you were an amazing director! While singing with other choruses, the director seemed like a remote figure, more like a human metronome than someone to really focus on. You, on the other hand, made it difficult to not watch you. This was difficult before I learned my lyrics and notes, but was truly amazing in November -- I never took my eyes off you, and was rewarded for that by being totally “with” you!” -- Pris B.

Central Oregon Women and girls 11-90 years old should plan to join these four dynamic groups in an amazing, unique singing experience, and in supporting our less fortunate sisters.
Harmony4Women.com, on Facebook, by emailing Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-385-0356

Sunriver Music Festival Presents 37th Season

Tickets are on sale for the Sunriver Music Festival’s 37th season that features the theme A Season of Love. The music of love will be interwoven throughout each concert from Brahms to Mendelssohn to Beethoven to the unique charms and remarkable voice of Storm Large.

For his third full season with the Sunriver Music Festival, Artistic Director and Conductor George Hanson will lead the world class Festival Orchestra in four classical concerts and a pops concert. The season also includes a solo piano concert plus free orchestra rehearsals, a piano master class and the annual Festival Faire dinner and auction fundraiser.

The featured soloists will include the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Crystal Medalist Sean Chen. The first American to place as a finalist since 1997, Chen won fans with his “exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post). Also in 2013, Chen won the American Pianists Association’s Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist. The Pops Concert on Friday, August 8 will feature the sultry vocals of singer, actor, author and playwright Storm Large. Her solo program titled Crazy Arc of Love with the Festival Orchestra includes the classic love songs Someone to Watch Over Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and My Funny Valentine. Along with her solo career, Large frequently performs with Pink Martini.

Read more: Sunriver Music Festival Presents 37th SeasonThe first classical concert on August 10 is a tribute to the Festival’s long-time Artistic Director Lawrence Leighton Smith who passed away in October 2013. Larry served as the Festival’s artistic director for 24 years helping to shape and form the Festival in 1977 with the Festival’s original founders. This concert includes Smith’s favorite piano concerto by Schumann performed by his previous student and long time friend Hunter Noack.

Noack lived in Sunriver throughout his childhood studying piano with Jodie Bischof and Patti Petersen. He was awarded eight scholarships from the Sunriver Music Festival’s Young Artists Scholarship program. These scholarships helped him continue his education at Interlochen Arts Academy, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. Noack recently completed his masters degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

On August 12 at the Great Hall, the concert will include a full Brahms program featuring virtuoso violinist Steven Moeckel performing the beautiful Brahms Violin Concerto in D major. The concert opens with the Brahms Symphony #3. Moeckel performs as a soloist with orchestras and festivals in the U.S. and Europe and he is the Concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony. He currently serves as the Concertmaster of the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra.

The Central Oregon Mastersingers will join the Festival Orchestra on August 15 at the Tower Theatre performing a concert of music inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. Under Clyde Thompson’s direction, the Mastersingers have earned the well-deserved reputation of being Central Oregon’s premier chorus.

All festival concerts begin at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $35 to $70. ($10 for youth 18 and under) 541-593-9310, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.sunrivermusic.org


Sunriver Music Festival
Summer Concert Schedule
August 8 – 20

Pops Concert at Summit High – August 8
Crazy Arc Of Love
Storm Large and the Festival Orchestra


Sunriver Resort Great Hall – August 10
A Loving Tribute To – Lawrence Leighton Smith
KERNIS, AARON JAY Musica Celestis (Heavenly Music)
SCHUMANN Concerto for Piano in A minor, op. 54
Featuring: Hunter Noack, piano
HAYDN Symphony no. 104 in D major (London)


Sunriver Resort Great Hall – August 12
My Dearest Clara…Love, Brahms
BRAHMS Symphony no. 3 in F major, op. 90    
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D major, op. 77    
Featuring: Steven Moeckel, violin


Tower Theatre in Bend – August 15
If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On – Shakespeare
Featuring: Central Oregon Mastersingers
BERLIOZ Queen Mab scherzo from Romeo and Juliet
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
PURCELL Suite from The Fairy Queen
MENDELSSOHN Midsummer Night’s Dream
 Incidental Music


Sunriver Resort Great Hall – August 18
Solo Piano Concert
Featuring Sean Chen - 2013 Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition Crystal Medalist

Sunriver Resort Great Hall – August 20
Love Transcends Time
THEOFANIDIS Visions and Miracles
SAINT SAËNS Concerto no. 2 in G minor for Piano
Featuring: Sean Chen, piano
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67