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ABOUT THE SHOW
As a record 73 million viewers watched The Beatles American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show a half-century ago, the audience was largely unaware of the behind-the-scenes efforts in the preceding weeks and months that made the historic Feb. 9, 1964 performance a reality. Those efforts were spearheaded by LOUISE HARRISON, sister of guitarist George Harrison, from her home in a small town in southern Illinois. Louise played an essential role in the promotion of The Beatles – who were already household names in England – and their records on this side of the Atlantic.
Louise takes to the WMPAC stage on October 11th in an evening of stories and song with Emmy-Award winning television host and composer Eric Funk. Audiences will be taken through first-hand accounts of growing up with the Fab Four from Louise, and will get up close and personal with the songwriting genius of George Harrison with Eric Funk at the piano.
ABOUT LOUISE HARRISON
Louise Harrison was born in Liverpool, England, the first child and only daughter of Harold and Louise Harrison. When Beatlemania burst forth in the early 60’s, Harold and Louise Harrison responded warmly to the multitude of Beatle fans worldwide who wrote letters to and about their son, thus becoming Mum and Dad to a warm and loving Global Family of Beatle People. During 1964 and 1965, Louise, living in Illinois, found herself writing and broadcasting daily Beatle reports nationwide, due to public demand for news of The Beatles.
Her distinctive voice with its British accent is immediately recognized by Beatle People all over the world. She has made hundreds of public appearances to greet and hug Beatle People all over the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. When her parents died in the late 1970s, Louise became Mum, known by many as “the flying mum,” to what she fondly refers to as her global family.
Louise currently lives in Branson, Missouri and is the lead producer of the Beatles Tribute band, Liver Pool Legends.
Host ERIC FUNK is an American contemporary classical composer and conductor. Originally from Deer Lodge, Montana, he currently resides in Bozeman, Montana, where he teaches music courses at Montana State University.
A former student of Tomas Svoboda, Sandor Veress, and Krzysztof Penderecki in the 1970s, Mr. Funk’s considerable compositional output includes nine symphonies, four operas, six ballet scores, three large works for chorus and orchestra, seventeen concertos, several orchestral tone poems, and numerous works for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and vocal works. Prominent premiers of his works include “From the Dreams of Montana Children” [Carnegie Hall, NY]; his one-act solo opera-ballet for contralto and ballet troupe, Akhmatova, based on key texts from the Russian poet’s life; his Concerto for the Violin Alone, triple string quartet, and the song cycles Gongora (for baritone and chamber orchestra, on texts by the Spanish baroque poet) and Sequentia (contralto and 9-person chamber ensemble, on texts by Paul Celan).
Mr. Funk was featured on the Charles Osgood CBS Sunday Morning show in October of 1998, which followed on the heels of a front page story in the New York Times “Arts & Leisure” section (April 14, 1998). Mr. Funk was featured on the nationally syndicated NPR radio shows Performance Today [LeeAnn Hanson], Morning Edition, Theme & Variations [Will Everett], The Composer Next Door, and Of the West [Phil Aaberg].
My Kid Brother’s Band: Growing Up with the Beatles is presented in part by Adult Education at the Big Sky School District, #72.