Scott Freiman
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Deconstructing the Beatles

In February, Scott Freiman makes his fourth visit in six years to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Freiman is a composer, musician, teacher, record label owner, and software entrepreneur who is also a leading expert on the Beatles. His popular “Deconstructing the Beatles” lectures have taken him not only to theaters and colleges across the United States but also to corporations such as Pixar, Google, and Facebook.

“Deconstructing the Beatles” is a series of multimedia presentations that examine and analyze the many innovative songwriting and production techniques used by the Fab Four. Freiman’s lectures are supplemented by photographs, graphics, film clips, and snatches of sound and music. He has prepared individual talks on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Revolver, Rubber Soul, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and the Beatles’ early years. All of these lectures have been presented in Cleveland, drawing a few thousand fans; the first four talks have recently been videotaped for showings in movie theaters across the country.

Freiman’s in-person appearance in February (postponed from January) finds him premiering a brand new show: “Roll Up! Deconstructing the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour,” and also reprising 2013’s “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Deconstructing the Early Beatles.” Neither of these lectures has been recorded or filmed.

Each program $20; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, students $15. Both programs $35; members, seniors, students $25.

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

(Rescheduled from 1/7/2017)
Using a treasure trove of rare audio and video, Beatles expert Scott Freiman traces the formative years of the famous band and the creation of their first singles.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

(Rescheduled from 1/8/2017)
Beatles expert Scott Freiman takes an in-depth look at the composition and construction of some of the best tracks from the band’s psychedelic 1967 album and TV show, including “The Fool on the Hill,” “I Am the Walrus,” “Penny Lane,” and “All You Need Is Love.”