The Beatles in Moscow

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The Beatles are finally coming to Moscow, and the billboards around town make the announcement so brazenly that you have to make a double-take. Classic Beatles tunes will be performed at the Rossiya Concert Hall, by the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by David Arnold. Ringo Starr is the only Beatle to have visited Russia so far, though this concert will be presented by the group’s legendary producer George Martin.

Rock-‘n’-roll motifs in "All You Need Is Love," fiery jazz in "When I’m Sixty-Four" and fusion in "Live and Let Die" are all trademarks of the orchestra, nurtured from their original versions by the orchestra’s young and talented conductor and composer, David Arnold.

The conductor’s other noteworthy projects include the soundtracks to the movies "Independence Day" and "Godzilla" and songs for Bjork and Nina Persson (of Swedish band The Cardigans).

Since being established in 1947, the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been exceptionally popular with lovers of light and popular music. The orchestra is officially rated among London’s top four and enjoys regular concerts in the city’s three major concert halls.

Their success is not surprising: In the last 15 years the orchestra has remade almost all the hits of Queen, Madonna, U2, R.E.M. and Oasis. Furthermore, they have cooperated on long-term projects with such famous performers as Montserrat Caballe and Jose Carreras.

What: Orchestral concert
1 Moskvoretskaya Nab.
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Tel: 200-6914/6585
Date and time: Aug. 14, 7 p.m.
Cover: 150-3,500 rubles

St. Petersburg,
1 Prospekt Pyatiletok
Metro: Prospekt Bolshevikov
Tel: (812) 118-6622
Date and time: Aug. 15, 7 p.m.
Cover: 150-3,500 rubles