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Beatlemore/Skidmania 2009

Posted: 12/11/2009

Skidmore’s annual Beatlemore/Skidmania concert—in which more than 100 Skidmore students performed Nov. 22—was more entertaining, foot-stomping, and packed than ever. Paying homage to the Beatles of 1969, the hits kept coming as more than 100 students, faculty, and alumni played to a standing-room-only crowd of some 250 in Filene Recital Hall. It was the ninth edition of Beatlemore/Skidmania, and with the new Zankel Music Center slated to open in January, the last to take place in venerable Filene.

The 2-1/2-hour concert commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road.
Many students performed their own arrangements of some of the album’s classic tunes while others did straight covers. Included were performances by all four of Skidmore's a cappella groups—Accents, Drastic Measures, Bandersnatchers, and Dynamics—and an assortment of ad hoc bands sporting such names as Gung Ho, Carl Sagan's Apple Pie, E.J. Russell's Elementary Orchestra, Verbs, and The Deal.

In keeping with Skidmania tradition, the Rust Brothers and Friends – featuring faculty members Gordon Thompson (the event’s emcee), Joel Brown and John Anzalone, plus Dave Maswick of the Stony Creek Band – brought the show to rousing conclusion. First they played the Abbey Road medley. Then—joined by dozens of students who had charmed the crowd earlier—they performed their traditional sing-along, a Skidmore-specific rendition of "Give Peace a Chance."

Click here to read The Saratogian's report on this unique Skidmore tradition.

Click here to view a highlights video clip.

Photos by: Andrew Plotsky ’09, Rachel Roderman ’09, Andrew Letwin ’11, Keith Kallas ’12

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