Muncie Symphony Orchestra to host free Beatles tribute concert

MUNCIE, INDIANA — The community is invited to enjoy a blast from the past as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra performs popular hits from The Beatles in a free outdoor concert on Saturday, June 12.

The show will include over two dozen Beatles classics, including “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, “I Am the Walrus” with a rock/classical blend and more.

The concert will be done in tandem with Classical Mystery Tour, a renowned Beatles cover band that performs with symphony orchestras for an unforgettable experience.

Scott Watkins, executive director of the Muncie Symphony, said the group puts on a great show, complete with costumes.

“The way they play, it’s perfect. You’ll come out of there singing,” he said.

Watkins joined the Muncie Symphony in February, bringing with him a refreshed vision for the orchestra, which includes playing more “pops” music. Watkins said this concert will be a preview of what the community can expect from the Muncie Symphony this year.

“We’re using this concert to break the ice and say, ‘Hey we’re different. We’re not just your grandma’s orchestra anymore,’” he said. The Muncie Symphony’s 2021–22 season features additional pops music, including hits from Billy Joel, John Williams and more.

The Beatles tribute concert will be from 7:30–9:30 p.m. at Canan Commons (600 S Walnut St.) in downtown Muncie on June 12. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.

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About the Muncie Symphony Orchestra

For more than 71 years, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra has worked to entertain, educate, and enrich quality of life in the East Central Indiana community through meaningful, professional musical experiences. The Muncie Symphony is made up of professional and community musicians, hailing from Ball State University, East Central Indiana, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Cincinnati. To learn more, visit