Orchestras can translate simple pop songs into stirring concertos, making up for the fact that they can’t fit in a minivan or comprehend the concept of Casual Friday. Watch ditties transform into moving movements with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Contemporary Rock Orchestra perform The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety at The Bitter End. For $23, you get one general-admission ticket on Tuesday, February 14, at 8 p.m. (a $46 value, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Contemporary Rock Orchestra preserves the seminal sounds of rock 'n' roll essentials with its symphonic re-creation of The Beatles’ mind-expanding 1967 epic, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Dedicated to replicating the entire album in all of its kaleidoscopic complexity, the Orchestra keeps the record's strings, horns, sitars, and hidden pudding recipes intact while eschewing guitars in favor of swooning cellos and playing thunderous timpani in place of drum kits. In a cover-to-cover performance featuring timeless hits such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “When I’m Sixty-Four,” the cabal of musicians and vocalists salutes the Fab Four’s paisley breakthrough without succumbing to fake accents, starchy marching-band outfits, or superfluous mustaches. Bleecker Street’s hallowed music venue, The Bitter End, pairs perfectly with this rock 'n' roll odyssey, as many music legends began their careers in front of the famous brick wall where Billy Joel is still encased.
147 Bleecker St.
Manhattan, New York 10012