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Music Compound’s Album Ensemble returns for its third album tribute effort, this time to perform the entirety of The Beatles’ renowned album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The Album Ensemble – comprising four instructors and 16 students ages 12 to the late 60s – will present two performances on Saturday, June 29, at 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Previous shows took place in October 2023, featuring Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” and March 2024, with Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” As with both previous Album Ensemble projects, the performances are being tied to fundraising for a local charity; the beneficiary organization is to be determined.

Music Compound instructors Taylor Galford and Iain Harris, who created the Album Ensemble program, are especially excited for these shows.

“This album is the Mount Everest of popular music. It was the first one the Beatles recorded after they retired from live performances in 1966, and was never intended to be performed live,” says Harris. “It was written and recorded to be something that could never be reproduced on stage at the time, so our members are going to do something that The Beatles themselves never did!”

“Our Album Ensemble program has taken off in a way I could never have imagined before the first of these concerts. It aligns so perfectly with our commitment to fostering collaboration and providing intergenerational opportunities for our students,” adds Music Compound president Jenny Townsend. “This program provides an intensive collaborative experience – between players of all ages and skill levels – and enables the participants to really get inside some of the best music ever made. To be able to present a musical showcase at such a high level while raising funds for an important cause makes the whole experience even more meaningful for all involved.”

Recorded between December 1966 and April 1967, and released in June 1967, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was greeted with incredible acclaim, with The Village Voice calling the album “the most ambitious and most successful record album ever” and The Times of London calling it “a decisive moment in the history of Western civilization.” It went on to win four Grammy Awards in 1968 and, in 2003, was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, honoring the work as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Upon its original release, the album spent 15 weeks at number one in the U.S. and 23 weeks at number one in the UK. It is one of the top 20 best-selling albums of all time worldwide, with sales exceeding 32 million copies (including 11 million in the U.S. and 5 million in the UK).

The album has regularly topped lists of the best albums ever made and was voted “best album of all time” in a survey of 600,000 people across the UK. In 2003, Rolling Stone placed it at number one in the magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Rolling Stone has also called it “the most important rock ‘n’ roll album ever made.”

“Sgt. Pepper is such a monumental album for all music, genres aside. The album brings the mind to music and transports the listener to a state of reflection,” says Galford. “Songs that are not only great sonically, but also make one think. The album really changed what was possible and influenced everything that came after it. To attempt to reproduce it live is going to be the most challenging and rewarding project we have done to date!”

Future Album Ensemble performances, featuring Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged in New York” and U2’s “The Joshua Tree,” are planned for later in 2024 and early in 2025, respectively.

The “Sgt. Pepper’s” concerts take place at Music Compound SRQ (1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota). The shows are free but registration is requested; visit