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The magic of The Beatles explained

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The magic of The Beatles explained

A Unique Evening with Howard Goodall

December 16th The George Theater

World-renowned Beatles expert Howard Goodall will be in Houston to share his insights into the creative genius of the Fab Four. Gow Media and St. Luke's Friends of Music have collaborated to create the event, which will take place Monday evening, December 16th, at the beautiful George Theatre located at 5420 Westheimer. Doors will open at 6:30 and includes light bites both before and after Goodall's presentation at 7:30.

Goodall, one of Great Britain's top composers, has a longstanding friendship with Paul McCartney and a deep understanding of the legacy of the Beatles. Goodall will discuss how particular songs came together; the Beatles' innovative use of instruments and their impact on the development of popular music. Goodall's talk will be followed by a Q&A with Ken Hoffman, perhaps Houston's biggest Beatles fan.

This is an exceptional, rare opportunity -- the first time Goodall has given his presentation on the Beatles in the United States. Tickets are now on sale and make a compelling early holiday gift for Beatles enthusiasts!


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VIP Tickets: $100

Prime seating, Exclusive Meet and Greet & Photo Opportunity with Howard, Light Bites and Drinks, 6pm Early Admission

Tier 1 Seating: $50

Tier 2 Seating: $40

Tier 3 Seating: $35

Obstructed: $30

Doors Open at 6:30pm for all Tier 1- Obstructed Seating. Show begins at 7:30pm

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British composer Howard Goodall will reveal the magic of The Beatles in an exclusive engagement. Photo courtesy of Apple Corps. Ltd/The Beatles Facebook

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

If you're a Beatles fan, a splendid time is guaranteed for all when British composer, music historian, and Paul McCartney's good buddy Howard Goodall brings his "Magic of the Beatles Explained" presentation to Houston on Monday, December 16.

Goodall will dig deep into the Beatles' legacy and reveal how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr wrote and recorded some of the greatest songs in popular music history. It's a lecture that's got a good beat — and you can dance to it.

His presentation, making its U.S. debut, is sponsored by Gow Media (CultureMap's parent company) and St. Luke's Methodist Church Friends of Music. It will take place at The George Theater, home of Houston's A.D. Players repertory company (5420 Westheimer Rd.). Doors open at 6:30 pm, with Goodall taking the stage at 7:30 pm. Tickets, ranging from $30 to $50, can be purchased here.

After Goodall's presentation, I will host a Q&A session with the British composer. Since I'm listed as "perhaps Houston's biggest Beatles fan," I will pose fun questions for Goodall from a fan's perspective. If you've got a question that's always bugged you about a Beatles song, feel free to "Help!" me.

For example, I've wondered why the early Beatles spoke in thick, heavy Liverpudlian accents, but sang with Middle American newscaster accents, and what did their fans back at the Cavern Club think about that? It would have been weird if the Beach Boys recorded "I Get Around" sounding like Prince Charles. Putting my airfare where my mouth is, the day after Goodall's show, I am taking my son to Liverpool as a graduation gift. He's a Beatles' fan, too, and never been to the Fab Four's birthplace.

In addition to his Beatles work, Goodall is a celebrated composer and songwriter in his own right. He has written shows for London's West End, television, and movies. He was named Composer of the Year by the Classic Brit Awards (England's version of the Grammys), in 2009. He also won a U.S. Emmy Award for the HBO film, Into the Storm.

Much of Goodall's presentation will center on The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, named the greatest rock 'n' roll album of all time by Rolling Stone. Goodall will examine several songs from Pepper, including "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "She's Leaving Home," "Being For the Benefit of Mister Kite," and "Lovely Rita" — plus two songs originally intended for the album, "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever," which instead were released as a double A-sided single.

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"Magic of the Beatles Explained" takes place at The George Theater, 5420 Westheimer. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Goodall taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, ranging from $30 to $50, can be purchased at here. Special VIP tickets are $100 and include premium seating, a meet-and-greet and photo op with Goodall, early admission at 6 p.m., plus light snacks and drinks before and after the show.


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