It's hard to believe that over 50-years ago, and after years of touring and recording, the Beatles performed live for the last time. Say what? 50-years? Whew! Is it time for a rocking chair yet? Heck no, it's time to celebrate!

When the Beatles decided to not tour anymore, and devote their time to studio work, it was a decision that would change the course of music history.

On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which would win four Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, and which Rolling Stone magazine would later rank as No. 1 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

And that is what we, or rather, The Grand Rapids Symphony will celebrate.  The 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper means a return visit by the Beatles tribute band, Classical Mystery Tour. These guys are true veterans of shows such as Broadway’s Beatlemania, and have appeared several times with the Grand Rapids Symphony in the past decade. But now, this new show April 28-30 highlights the Sgt. Pepper’s album itself.

Grand Rapids Symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the orchestra plus Classical Mystery Tour in most of the music from Sgt. Pepper’s plus plenty of the Beatles’ biggest hits.

Tickets start at $18 and are available at the GRS ticket office, weekdays 9 am-5 pm at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling 616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.)

Tickets are available at the DeVos Place box office, weekdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the performance. Tickets also may be purchased online at

Full-time students of any age are able to purchase tickets for only $5 on the night of the concert by enrolling in the GRS Student Passport program. This is a MySymphony360 eligible concert.

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