Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs is hosting its annual Beatlemore Skidmania celebration this month. And in honor of its tenth anniversary, the event has expanded beyond its usual – and very popular – concert.
In fact, this year’s bash will be a two-day affair, kicking off with a panel discussion on the Beatles at 3pm on Saturday, November 20 at the Zankel Music Center on campus. Gordon Thompson – Skidmore music faculty member, Beatles expert and author of the book “Please Please Me: Sixties British Pop, Inside Out” – will moderate the discussion, which will feature rare clips of music and revealing insights into the Fab and pre-Fab four.
Among the distinguished panelists will be Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, Tim Riley of National Public Radio and Jonathan Gould, the author of the 2007 book “Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America.” The discussion will include a Q&A session. Admission to the panel discussion is free.
Then on Sunday, November 21, the Beatlemore Skidmania concert takes place, as a wide array of Skidmore students and faculty members perform music from the vast Beatles songbook at the Zankel Music Center. The 3pm concert is already sold out, but a second concert has been added to the schedule at 7pm on Sunday, November 21.
Tix for the 7pm Beatlemore Skidmania concert will go on sale at 9am Tuesday (November 9) online at www.skidmore.edu/zankel and by phone at 1-888-71-TICKETS (842-5327). Tickets are $5 (general admission) and $3 (students); all ticket revenue will be donated to Skidmore Cares, an outreach program that supports local Saratoga food pantries.