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The Family Folk Chorale presents
The Beatles in the 70s

image   SUNDAY, MARCH 19th, 2017
730 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
(doors open 2:30)

60-voice intergenerational chorus with string quartet and rock band
Songs of spirit, peace, love, & fun
written by John, Paul, George and Ringo
in the
1970s post-Beatles era


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$15 General Admission
$12 Children & Seniors

Imagine: the Beatles in the 70s
Join us for a memorable afternoon of soul-satisfying fun and brilliant artistry: universal, uplifting themes and expertly crafted, sing-able harmonies for voices of every generation, combined with the special addition of a classical string quartet and live 70s folk rock band! Lyrics are provided and all are encouraged to sing and move! Many will sway to the rousing "My Sweet Lord," and be touched by Lennon's powerful and poignant "Imagine" sung with the entire chorus. Young ones will take the stage for "Let 'em In", teens will put their spin on McCartney's high energy "Jet", and a small group will lead everyone singing the ever popular, fun "Band on the Run". The essence of Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" will ring true as sung from the vantage of the Family Folk Chorale Wisdom elders. Harrison's "What is Life" might well become an anthem people carry home with them, living into FFC's mission, which is to inspire and support joyful all-ages music making as an important thread in our community fabric.

Songwriting Competition Winner
Continuing a five-year tradition, the IMAGINE Spring Concert will also feature the winner of the Family Folk Chorale's annual Songwriting Competition. This year, the winner is "Be Your Own Light", written by Linda McRae, a Canadian- born singer-songwriter now living in Nashville. Arranged by Director Eastburn for the chorus to accompany Linda as a guest performer, "Be Your Own Light" is an infectious sing-along favorite composed of timely lyrics in a bluesy tune that's fun to sing.

More about the music
Although the songs were originally penned and performed by John, Paul, George and Ringo as individual songwriters after the (1962-69) Beatles era, the harmonies and instrumentation will be reminiscent of the distinct flavor of the 1960s George Martin-produced, classical-infused Beatles sound, a spirited real life nod to an imagined Beatles still going as a band into the 1970s. This concert program, created and arranged for string quartet, rock band, and chorus by artistic director and award winning composer/orchestrator Chris Eastburn, is part of a larger project in the works for full orchestra, rock band and chorus, to tour nationally for pops orchestra programs. The Band will feature Gary Backstrom, GaryBackstromband.com, Dow Brain on keys, and Everett Pendleton on bass. The String Quartet will be led by Karl Orvik, Ph.D. violin.

Festive venue in an easy location
With universal accessibility to a spacious main floor seating area, Arlington Town Hall provides a festive atmosphere for all, with plenty of room for people to move and dance, tables with snacks and CDs at the back, and a public garden just outside for young ones wanting extra run-around space during intermission. Town Hall in Arlington Center is a neighborhood of many types of eateries and cafes for socializing afterward, is directly on public transportation (mbta bus #77 from Harvard Square), and has plenty of free, on-street and public lot parking on Sundays.

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a stronger thread in the fabric of our communities.

Walk for Music Logo* "It's a beautiful spring day. You meet your friends for a short, 2-mile walk in one of Boston's most beautiful parks, Piers Park on the East Boston waterfront -- what a view of Boston! You are surrounded by musicians and dancers, artists and actors, children and seniors. There is music in the air and happiness in your heart because you know that you are making a difference..."