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Skidmore College Presents 20th Anniversary Beatlemore Skidmania Concert

Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Joel Brown

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Easily one of the most popular events – a perennial SRO on the Skidmore Campus – Beatlemore Skidmania will have its 20th renewal online and available to all online this year at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 20.

File photos from previous Beatlemore Skidmania Events provided by Skidmore College

Two decades ago, Professor of Music Emeritus Gordon Thompson taught courses and led seminars on the Beatles, in which students analyzed music, compared biographical accounts and situated the band in the historical and cultural context of the 1960s.

In connection with these courses, Thompson and his students developed “Beatlemore Skidmania,” which began as an informal, end-of-semester musical celebration. The two-day event has since become an important social and artistic tradition at Skidmore.

In recent years, Beatlemore has regularly sold out its three annual shows, filling the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall of the Arthur Zankel Music Center to capacity and drawing hundreds of livestream viewers. To assure the health and safety of students, employees and fans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event will be presented exclusively online.

The students who organize and manage the concert each year recruit and audition performers, work with an art class on the design, selection and sale of posters and T-shirts, and develop a marketing and advertising plan.

The design for the 2020 T-shirt and logo was created by Maddy Tyler, a senior at Skidmore.

In 2014, Skidmore College awarded Beatlemore Skidmania its President’s Award “for embracing the educational mission and progressive spirit of the College through exemplary commitment to personal excellence, campus pride and community service.”

What you need to know:

WHAT: Beatlemore Skidmania, the popular annual concert that features Skidmore students’ reinterpretations of Beatles classics, will be celebrated virtually this year as the Skidmore tradition celebrates its 20th anniversary.

WHEN: The performance is set for release at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

WHERE: The event can be viewed on the Beatlemore Skidmania webpage or via Vimeo.

This year’s theme is “The Complete Beatles: ‘Please Please Me’ to ‘Let it Be.’” Interpretations of any song from the band’s vast catalog were considered. The concert is free to view.  

2020 Beatlemore T-shirts can be purchased at skidmoreshop.com. Proceeds benefit Skidmore Cares, which supports community organizations in Saratoga County. 

Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Joel Brown worked with a committee of students to organize this year’s event. 

“Beatlemore Skidmania brings out the incredible creativity and talents of so many of our students from a wide variety of backgrounds — not just music majors — and is beloved by the campus community, greater Saratoga Springs community and alumni,” said Brown. “We are proud to continue this event and share it with as many people as possible in the safest way possible.”

Also included will be important conversations about the relationship between the Beatles and Black American songwriters and musicians.

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