During the month of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles first single of Love Me Do, the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock is hosting a free presentation chronicling the Beatles, a musical phenomenon that changed popular music forever, at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 21.
Pennsylvania Humanities Council Scholar Ken Womack will present a history of the Beatles in his multi-media presentation of The End: Authorship, Nostalgia and the Beatles.
Many people can recollect their first memory of the Beatles and their impact on their lives. Sara Santa, of Tunkhannock, can remember seeing a Beatles movie at the Dietrich Theater in the 1960's (she is not sure of the movie, but it was probably A Hard Day's Night) and during the movie kids, were dancing in the aisles.
Esther Harmatz, projectionist and supervisor at the Dietrich Theater, remembers just missing a chance to not only see a Beatles performance in New York City, but to actually meet them in person because her father wanted to get back home to Scranton.
What is your memory?
To relive memories or learn about the Fab Four of the Beatles, all are invited to an audio-and-video-oriented discussion by Womack sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Womack traces the group's creative arc from their salad days in Liverpool to the mean streets of Hamburg, through Abbey Road, to the twilight of their career.
In an effort to communicate the power of the Beatles' achievements, Womack examines the Beatles' body of work as an evolving art object. He investigates the origins of the group's compositions, as well as the songwriting and recording practices that brought them to fruition.
Through a carefully choreographed multimedia presentation, Womack reveals the ways in which the Beatles gave life to a musical synthesis that would change the world.
For information or to reserve free tickets, call 996-1500 or pick them up at the ticket booth. Tickets will be available at the door as long as they last.