The Fab Five (CCO string quartet, guitarist Roger Klug)
Thu, August 27 | 8pm | The Cabaret at Below Zero | TICKETS
Fri, August 28 | 9pm | DownTowne Listening Room | SOLD OUT
Songwriter-guitarist Roger Klug will be curating a unique musical event as part of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Summermusik Series, featuring the music of seminal British pop group the Beatles. The “Fab Five” – Roger, accompanied by violinist Amy Kiradjieff, violist Heidi Yenney, and cellists Patrick Binford and Tom Guth – will perform an evening’s worth of original Beatles arrangements for guitar and “upside-down string quartet,” some expected (Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby) and others less so (I Am The Walrus, Helter Skelter). Roger will also be interspersing anecdotes and musical background taken from his Music of the Beatles lectures at the University of Cincinnati.
Notes about the project from Roger:
“The Beatles are the prototype indie band: organically-grown, self-contained, in charge of their own destiny. It’s too easy to discount how great and innovative they were just because of how popular they got – they were a weird, wonderful group.
Beatles songs are so chock full of musical invention and mischief on all fronts – melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics – that arranging them for guitar and string quartet has been a dream job! The string quartet was the original dance-hall combo anyway, so it seems a perfect match.
My cohorts and I will be putting a new twist on some old favorites as well as faithfully recreating some of the classic sounds of The Act You’ve Known For All These Years. Most important, we’ll see how hard we can rock without drums!”
The Friday, August 28, 9 pm performance at Downtowne Listening Room is sold out, but tickets are still available for the Thursday, August 27, 8 pm performance at The Cabaret at Below Zero. For more information, visit www.ccocincinnati.org