The Beatles

Scott Freiman returns to Schenectady to deconstruct the White Album and Magical Mystery Tour

Join composer/producer Scott Freiman as he presents both Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles’ White Album and Roll Up! Deconstructing The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour at Proctors, Saturday, Feb. 11.

In these 90-minute multimedia presentations, Freiman transports his audience into Abbey Road studio for a look at the revolutionary techniques used during the production of indelible, epoch-defining albums. Using rare audio and video clips, as well as anecdotes about the creation of the songs, Freiman—a popular Proctors veteran—allows the audience to see and hear the evolution of these groundbreaking albums and discusses the works’ lasting influence on popular music.

Released in 1968, The Beatles, commonly referred to as the White Album, was expansive even by the adventurous quartet’s standards. Its thirty songs (including modern classics like “Revolution,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Blackbird”) span almost every style of music—from hard rock to country to chamber music to avant-garde.  Its recording took place during a remarkable year in Beatles history that included a lengthy trip to India and the arrival of Yoko Ono.

Musicians and non-musicians, Beatles fanatics and casual listeners will all enjoy Freiman’s presentation. You will never listen to the Beatles or any other music the same way again!

The year prior to the White Album, The Beatles embarked on an ambitious project, writing and directing a one-hour film, Magical Mystery Tour. The music written for the film is some of The Beatles’ psychedelic best. In Roll Up! Deconstructing The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, Freiman delves into the creative process behind “The Fool On The Hill,” “Blue Jay Way,” “I Am The Walrus” and other selections. The composer/producer will also “deconstruct” other songs from the Magical Mystery Tour album, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane” and “All You Need Is Love.”

Tickets for Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles’ White Album, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 and Roll Up! Deconstructing The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11—$25 advance ($10 students); $30 day of show ($15 students)

—are available at the Box Office at Proctors.