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Come Together with The Beatles at Santa Monica High School

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By Lookout Staff

October 15, 2013 -- You could say the Beatles didn’t get enough high school, with only Paul graduating from the British equivalent. Until now.

For a third year in a row, The Beatles will be returning to Santa Monica High School as the subject of what has become an annual celebration of their timeless music at Barnum Hall Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“The Beatles at Barnum III” – hosted by humorist and noted Beatles historian Martin Lewis -- will feature the award-winning Samohi Orchestras, also known as Sir George’s Army in tribute to Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

“This is a rare opportunity to experience Beatles music performed live by a full-size orchestra together with a rock band – with the added bonus of hearing entertaining stories about the group,” said Joni Swenson, director of the Samohi Orchestras. “This show is not to be missed by anyone who loves the Beatles.”

The show includes full orchestral arrangements of Beatles standards, including “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Eight Days a Week,” and “Ticket to Ride;” audience sing-a-longs; the local "fab five" rock band, Father Knows Best (FKB), which is composed of parents, and a multimedia presentation, organizers said.

A protégé of Beatles publicist Derek Taylor, Lewis will pepper the night with personal anecdotes about the Beatles and provide context about the music being performed.

A producer, writer and radio personality who's worked with the likes of Sir Peter Ustinov, the Monty Python troupe, Pete Townshend and Donovan, Lewis wrote the extensive companion narrative for the 1998 re-publication of Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s 1964 autobiography, “A Cellarful Of Noise.”

He also produced the DVD edition of “A Hard Day’s Night” and instigated and produced major celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first US visit and the 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth.

Hard-core fans might know him as the producer of the 1995 reunion of The Rutles, the lampoon of the Beatles which featured Eric Idle and Neal Innes, and in 1999, Lewis produced a special American tribute for “It's...The Monty Python Story,” which included animation featuring Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park characters.

Audience members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Beatle, a Mod or a Rocker. All proceeds benefit the Samohi Orchestra Program.

General admission tickets are $20 and $10 for students, and can be purchased online here.

For more information visit Samohi Orchestras at

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