FARMINGTON — San Juan Symphony aims to attract a different audience in its upcoming concert.

In addition to playing classical music, the symphony will play 25 minutes of Beatles music.

The concert, "Bach and Beatlemania," starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. The symphony will perform in Farmington at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Performance Hall.

IF YOU GO

What: Bach and Beatlemania<

When and Where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 315 Reed Hall, in Durango, Colo. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Performance Hall, 4601 College Blvd., in Farmington

Tickets: Call 505-566-3430

Cost: Free for students 18 and under with an adult.

The symphony will perform three main songs, in addition to several smaller pieces, said Tennille Taylor, the symphony's principal second violin player.

The symphony will feature a 25-minute composition featuring Beatles songs. Each song will feature a different section. For instance, the violins and violas will be featured in "Eleanor Rigby," while the cellos and bass will play "Yellow Submarine" and trombones will be one of the instruments featured in "Hello, Goodbye."

While the pairing of orchestral arrangements with the Beatles music may seem strange, Taylor said when listening to the original Beatles recording of "Eleanor Rigby," people can hear strings in the background.


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Taylor said the Beatles music will appeal to people who are not classical music fans and might not usually attend the symphony.

Keeping with more traditional symphony music, the symphony will also perform Johann Sebastian Bach's "Toccata and Fugue," originally written for the organ but later arranged for a symphony setting. Taylor said by including a full orchestra, the composition becomes amplified.

Taylor described Bach as a "grandfather" figure for many composers. She said he inspired both his contemporaries and the composers who followed him.

During Bach's time, composers had to follow many rules when they wrote music. Taylor said while Bach never broke the rules, he pushed them to the limits.

The final big piece the symphony will perform is a Joseph Haydn trumpet concerto. Haydn was a Austrian composer and has been called the "Father of the Symphony."

"The typical classical music lover will be very pleased," Taylor said.

Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover