Fischer's Fab Five

Ever wonder what some of those old Beatles songs might sound like if all the parts -- you know, brass, strings and what have you -- were played live by acoustic instruments?

The arrangers of Classical Mystery Tour also wondered, and so we have arrangements of, for example, Penny Lane complete with trumpets and Yesterday with a string quartet and others. CMT is a Beatles "tribute" after the fashion of many others, but with the added bonus of a full orchestra behind it. That orchestra will be the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on Friday, June 13, as the CSO opens the 2014 Picnic With the Pops season at Columbus Commons.

The opening weekend boasts a second concert Saturday, June 14, as Cirque Musica, a combination of physical and musical marvels, is featured.

Adult general admission tickets are $23/$25. Table seating also is available. Visit picnicwiththepops.com.

 

Leoncavallo's masterful Pagliacci may suggest comedy (the title is Italian for clowns) but this is a classic Italian operatic tale of lust, jealousy and, of course, tragic death. Indeed, Christopher Purdy, who directs Opera Project Columbus' production of Pagliacci Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus' Roth/Resler Theatre, said, "There is no love and no softness in this opera."

The story of a traveling troupe of performers, led by the doomed couple Canio and Nedda, Pagliacci boasts perhaps the most dramatic, heart-wrenching and moving tenor aria in the repertoire.

The cast is led by Timothy Culver and Dione Parker Bennett. Alessandro Siciliani conducts.

Tickets are $10-$35. Visit operaprojectcolumbus.org.

 

If there were a honky-tonk folk singer, you'd better know it'd be Grant Peeples.

Peeples plays acoustic music but sings about trucks and trains and the like with a twang. He's hardscrabble folk, plenty poetic but less in a book-smart and more in a street-smart sort of way.

Check out his new CD, Punishing the Myth, or better yet see (and hear) him in person Saturday, June 14, at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza.

Tickets are $10. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.

 

To call singer-songwriter-guitarist Richard Thompson eclectic is like calling water wet.

Perhaps that explains why he's been able to stay as relatively low-profile a guitar hero as there is, because it's certainly not the quality of his output, from his days as a founding member of Fairport Convention at the birth of the folk-rock movement, to rock and pop records to acoustic singer-songwriter fare. Honors keep finding their way to his mantle, and deservedly so.

Touring with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio in support of his latest effort, Electric, Thompson will play the Southern Theatre Wednesday, June 18.

Tickets are $23-$36. Visit capa.com.

 

Indie-rock, neo-psychedelic quartet The Features hails from rural central Tennessee, formed while its members were in middle school to combat boredom. Perhaps it's that effort that led to the potpourri of sounds and styles that permeate the band's output and that also attracted the attention of nearby college town Mur-freesboro and later Nashville more than 15 years ago.

The off-kilter, at times jarring tunes fairly grab the listener by the elbow as they're walking past, suggesting a further listen.

Touring in support of last year's This Disorder, The Features stop at The Basement Wednesday, June 18. Bigshot opens.

Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.

BONUS: The preceding night, The Basement hosts The Preatures. The Beat at first thought this might be some sort of prequel to the Wednesday gig, or perhaps a clever alternate name for, say, half of The Features. Neither is the case, as The Preatures (a purposeful misspelling of preachers) is a crazed, ornery, torrid outfit from Down Under. Tickets are $5.

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