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Beatles Night

Truckee, Nov. 17
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INFO: $20, 6 p.m., Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee, (530) 587-3274,

This is not a recital. I repeat, this is not a recital.

The Tahoe Truckee School of Music’s Beatles night is a performance where students will share the stage with professional musicians — playing the songs of John, Paul, Ringo, and George — to raise money for the music school, which operates as a nonprofit.

“This is a chance for them [the students] to get to see what it is like to perform with a professional band,” said Ben Martin, founder and director of the music school.

The first event of this style for the school, Martin wanted to come out with a bang, and using Beatles music seemed like the obvious choice. “Who doesn’t love The Beatles?” he asked.

Ethan Reichwald, a 16-year-old junior at Truckee High and student of Martin’s, will be performing Michelle and As My Guitar Gently Weeps with both guitar and vocals. He will be accompanied by XX.

“I didn’t want to play the songs that everyone knows,” said Reichwald, who has been a student at the school for five years. “I wanted to go with something more unique.”

Martin explained that recitals are planned for family and that this is the first time a lot of these students will be playing for the general public. The school is made up of approximately 100 kids, and roughly 20 percent of them will be participating in Beatles Night.

The professionals are a mix of instructors from the music school and local musicians such as Johnny Bias, Sam Ravenna, and Steve Kershisnik, among others.

All proceeds from the show will be invested back into the music school, whose mission isto “provide an exceptional musical education, as well as performing and recording opportunities, for children (and adults) of all ages and abilities in the Tahoe/Truckee area, regardless of their experience or financial resources.”

To fulfill their mission, the music school offers scholarships for up to 50 percent of the cost of a lesson for families who qualify for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District lunch program.

“It is really cool that the music school is made accessible to everyone,” Reichwald said.

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