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    Last night, the Louisville Orchestra along with veteran Beatles performer Tony Kishman performed Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney at the Kentucky Center as a part of the orchestra's pops series.

    The Beatles began a musical revolution with their addition of classical and world instruments to rock music, but even the biggest Beatles fans (like me) don’t usually think about how many instruments the Beatles utilized. I truly didn’t realize how many Beatles songs have orchestral accompaniment because the parts blend so nicely.  There were many times last night that I thought, “I don’t remember a horn here,” or “Are there really violins in this part?” It’s a testament to the Beatles’ talent that every part of their music fits so well that you can’t pick out one instrument over the other. Having this aspect of Beatles’ music brought to life at Live and Let Die was a great experience. Most Beatles tributes use keyboards or small string/horn sections to get the effect of the orchestra without the size, but it is very different with a full orchestra. Live and Let Die performs live what probably happened in several recording sessions over several weeks.

    I am always impressed by Beatles performers and how dedicated they are to their craft, and Tony Kishman is no exception. He was in character the entire time, performing as Paul McCartney with the same mannerisms, accent, and attitude. The rest of his band made performing look easy, and Jason Seber did an excellent job conducting the Louisville Orchestra. The solos were on point and everything flowed well.

    The group played everything from "I Should’ve Known Better" to "Jet." Most of the songs featured Paul, but there were tributes to John and George with "I am the Walrus" and "Here Comes the Sun." There was even a fun, all orchestral version "Yellow Submarine," a tribute to Ringo. The set obviously featured many songs from the Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour albums, as they are heavily orchestral. The concert ended much like Paul McCartney’s own tour with the Abbey Road medley and an encore of "Hey Jude" and "Can’t Buy Me Love."

    For more information about Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney, visit If you’re interested in learning more about the Louisville Orchestra and their upcoming season, visit

    This concert really made me want to see Paul McCartney again. Let’s hope he comes back to the Yum! Center soon! In the meantime, we can look forward to Abbey Road on the River on Memorial Day Weekend. Check back with for more information about Abbey Road on the River and other Beatles tribute shows.




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    Hi! My name is Jenna. I am a music teacher at a primary school. I love teaching because you get to feel like a rockstar without all the fuss of being famous. My hobbies include cosplay, reading, music, traveling, and collecting vintage clothes and records.

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