Since its initial performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts) 1996, Jim Owen presents Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles has become the #1 Symphony Pops attraction over the last decade. The group has been performing consistently for nearly 20 years with more than 100 orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The group played to packed houses at the Sydney Opera House, they've performed more than a dozen times with the Fort Worth Symphony, and they've broken attendance records with the Indianapolis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and many others.
The four musicians in Classical MysteryTour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes transcribed note-for-note and performed exactly as they were originally recorded. Hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, enjoy the classical/rock blend on "I Am the Walrus," and relish the cascading orchestral crescendo on "A Day in the Life." Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles from early Beatles music on through the solo years like you've never heard them before. Many have called it "the best show the Beatles never did!"
The Los Angeles Times called Classical Mystery Tour "more than just an incredible simulation...the swelling strings and soaring French horn lines gave the live performance a high goose-bump quotient...the crowd stood and bellowed for more."