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Get back—the Fab Four in Filene? Yes, it’s true. The (in)imitable sounds of Paul, John, George, and Ringo rocked the recital hall in mid-December—by way of an hour-and-a-half-long tribute presented by Skidmore student and faculty music-makers.
Three years ago, when music chair Gordon Thompson offered his MU 345 junior seminar on the Beatles, he and his students pulled together a last-minute concert between the end of classes and the beginning of exams. More than 100 people—many of whose parents were barely teens when the mop-topped Liverpudlians invaded—came to listen…and start a tradition. Skidmore Beatlemania is now a standing-room-only show featuring student bands and a cappella groups performing inspired renditions of “Something,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Lady Madonna,” and other favorites. This year, the live tunes were interspersed with spoken messages from the Beatles themselves (they used to record home-spun seasonal greetings for their fans).
During a brief pause, Thompson came on stage. “We’ve got more,” he hollered. “You want more?” The audience whooped a bit louder. A faculty band (Prez Glotzbach sat in on a few tunes) worked up “Across the Universe,” “Please Please Me,” “Rain.” “HDN, lads!” the bass player called out, referring to the classic by its initials. Then everyone came together (yeah) for the finale, a “Hey Jude” singalong. —MTS