For a number of years, Professor of Music Gordon Thompson has taught courses and led seminars on The Beatles that have had students analyzing music, comparing biographical accounts, and placing the band in the historical-cultural context of the 1960s.
In connection with these courses, he and his students have developed “Beatlemore Skidmania,” an annual concert featuring an assortment of campus musicians that began as an informal, end-of-semester musical celebration. The two-day event has become one of the biggest social and artistic phenomena at Skidmore, annually drawing students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community as both performers and audience, and repeatedly filling the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall of the Zankel Music Center to capacity.
The students who annually organize and manage the concerts recruit and audition performers, work with an art class on the design, selection, and sale of posters and T-shirts, develop a marketing and advertising plan, and interface with the performers and the venue during the performances.
Proceeds from tickets, T-shirts, and posters help support Skidmore Cares' efforts to provide assistance for those in need in Saratoga County and the Capitol District and student financial aid.
In 2014, Skidmore College awarded Beatlemore Skidmania the President's Award "for embracing the educational mission and progressive spirit of the College through exemplary commitment to personal excellence, campus pride, and community service."