Indiana’s Muncie Symphony heads outdoors for free Beatles-themed pops concert

Posted on: June 9, 2021

“Muncie Symphony Orchestra will perform popular hits from The Beatles in a free outdoor concert … June 12 at Canan Commons in downtown Muncie,” reads an unsigned article in Monday’s (6/7) Star Press (Muncie, IN). “The show will include more than two dozen Beatles classics, including ‘Yesterday’ with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, ‘Penny Lane’ with a live trumpet section, ‘I Am the Walrus’ with a rock/classical blend, and more. The concert will be done in tandem with Classical Mystery Tour, a renowned Beatles cover band that performs with symphony orchestras, according to a release. Scott Watkins, executive director of the MSO, said the group puts on a great show, complete with costumes…. Watkins joined the MSO in February, bringing with him a refreshed vision for the orchestra, which includes playing more ‘pops’ music. Watkins said this concert will be a preview of what the community can expect from the MSO this year. ‘We’re using this concert to break the ice and say, “Hey we’re different …,” ’he said. The MSO’s 2021–22 season features additional pops music, including hits from Billy Joel, John Williams and more.”