A tribute to the Beatles, backed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Classical Mystery Tour: Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary offers many Beatles fans an opportunity that they may have never had — to experience the classic songs of John, Paul, George and Ringo live! The first half of the concert will feature the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album performed in its entirety and the second half will showcase the Beatles’ greatest hits.
Classical Mystery Tour
Classical Mystery Tour
Jim Owen was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. He gained rich musical experience from his father, who played music from the classics for him on the piano, and from his extensive library of recordings by the great classical artists. Owen began studying the piano at age six, and won honors in various piano performance competitions throughout his teenage years. He was eight years old when he first heard the Beatles, and promptly decided to take up the study of the guitar. His first professional performance as a Beatle tribute artist was at 16. Then, at age 18, he began touring internationally with various Beatles tribute productions, visiting Japan, Korea, China, Canada, Mexico and much of South America.
It has long been Owen’s dream to share with the public live performances of some of the greatest music ever written and recorded, so in 1996, Owen began working on his idea for a new Beatles tribute show with orchestra. Classical Mystery Tour was the result.
Most recently, Owen became associate producer of the dance musical Shag with a Twist, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2005, and debuted in Las Vegas in 2006.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Chris Camilleri had a convenient drum teacher: his dad. He started listening to Beatles records at a young age, and for many years played drums and sang along to the recordings. Gradually Camilleri gravitated to progressive rock bands, but retained a fondness for the Beatles and eventually formed the internationally-renowned Beatles cover band Liverpool, which still reunites to perform at the Fests for Beatles Fans (formerly Beatlefest). Camilleri has played drums for a variety of touring artists, including Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits fame), Badfinger, Micky Dolenz, Joe Walsh and other Beatles-era bands. He became a good friend and musical associate to Harry Nilsson (who was a contemporary and close friend to all the individual Beatles). In addition to the Beatles, his musical influences include Jethro Tull, Genesis, ELP and David Bowie. When not playing music, Camilleri has an active commercial and voice-over career.
Originally from Nebraska, but now living in Salt Lake City, Utah, David John has been performing in various musical acts since the age of 17. From rock, blues and country to progressive and orchestra pit, he’s covered it all. John has shared the stage as an opening act with such notables as the Beach Boys, Chicago, Peter Noone & Herman’s Hermits, Young Rascals, Glen Campbell, America, Kansas, Styx, Peter Frampton, Night Ranger, Ted Nugent, Romantics, KC and the Sunshine band, Hall & Oates, Hootie & the Blowfish, John Waite, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Buddy Guy and the Temptations. But John’s main musical love captured his attention when the Beatles performed in America for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. Inspired by what he saw and heard, John focused on singing and studying guitar and feels privileged to portray the “quiet, spiritual” one. Since 1993, he has taken the stage with a variety of Beatles tribute bands and traveled the world, but especially enjoys teaming up with a full orchestra to authentically reproduce the original recordings in a live concert setting. John loves to present George’s guitar arrangements in their articulate detail.
Singer-songwriter Tony Kishman was born in Tucson, Arizona, where he began his musical career in the early 1970s. Although he had been playing guitar for a number of years, it was not until age 19 that Kishman started performing seriously.
Kishman's early influences included Wishbone Ash, Bad Company and Peter Frampton. Between 1973 and 1978, he played guitar in the group Cheap Trix, a cover band performing Top 40 as well as originals. Starting in 1979, Kishman played bass and guitar for six years as Paul McCartney in both the national and international tours of Beatlemania. He then went on to perform in Legends in Concert and produced shows that ran in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. He joined the classic supergroup Wishbone Ash for a tour of Europe and the recording of the group's 18th album.