A trip down 'Abbey Road': Album's art lives again for NWF Symphony Youth Orchestra

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 03:15 PM.

NICEVILLE — The classic music album format was already on the wane when Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra members were born, but tonight the talented musicians will have a hand in its revival.

The students will join members of the Pensacola-based White Tie Rock Ensemble to perform "The Beatles: Abbey Road" in concert as Brian Brown, the youth orchestra's new director, makes his debut.

“As my first concert with the NFSYO, I wanted to create a fun and entertaining event that would help raise funds needed for scholarships and support for our youth symphony programs," Brown said.

White Tie Rock Ensemble leader Jonathan Clark said his group's mission is to help classic album music live again in the age of digital music downloads.

“Our classic concert series enables any fan, 8 to 80, to enjoy a timeless art form," Clark said. "At our events, liner notes are read, cover art appreciated and the B-side is not forgotten."

With its famous cover photo of the four lads from Liverpool — including the barefoot and out-of-step Paul McCartney — crossing Abbey Road in London, the 1969 album resulted from The Beatles' last recording session together.

The legendary band officially split up the following year.

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