SCUSD students, Sacramento musicians to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ in concert

Look out, Sir Paul McCartney: On December 17, Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy brings the Beatles to town when 18 SCUSD students join professional musicians to recreate the “Abbey Road” album in its entirety.

“The experience of performing in a professional environment is a key part of SPMA’s teaching,” explains Benjamin J. McClara, artistic director of Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. “On December 17, professional musicians who saw firsthand the impact that the Beatles had on rock history will be playing alongside students who are just beginning to discover the band’s power for themselves. It’s a great experience for the students, but more important, it’s going to be a great evening of entertainment for Sacramento – and we hope to see you there.”

SPMA students were at the Golden 1 Center when McCartney performed live last month, courtesy of the city’s community outreach comp ticket program. Next, they take the stage at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center to perform the Beatles’ most critically-acclaimed album, on a set inspired by the band’s legendary Shea Stadium performance.

SCUSD students from Theodore Judah, West Campus High School, Crocker Riverside, Cal Middle School and Bowling Green Chacon will play alongside local luminaries, including Peter Petty, David Houston and Richard Rich, who appear throughout the evening to introduce songs, share Beatles trivia and even perform.

Event proceeds support SPMA’s iheartmusic Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based scholarships to SPMA students both in the academy’s lead studio at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (CLARA) and through in-school programs such as “The Guitar Project,” where students at several schools in Sacramento City Unified School District are provided with instruments and instruction for a 10-week class series.

Tickets are $25 and can be reserved at Dimple Records in Sacramento, or by calling Sac Prep Music Academy at (916) 382-2770.