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Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! Symposium


Beatles 1964
The Beatles 1964

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles' first visit to the USA, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center hosts an afternoon of expert presentations by Bruce Spizer, Dennis Elsas, Chuck Gunderson, Allan Kozinn, and Russ Lease. This symposium is hosted by Robert Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® and curator of the of the exhibition Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!   

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!
Attendance by online reservation only: Click Here to Register
Seating is limited. Please print your ticket to present at the door. General admission seating. Admission lines form at 12:00 noon at 111 Amsterdam Ave. Reservations will be held until 12:45 P.M. (15 minutes before the symposium begins). After 12:45 P.M. reservations are not guaranteed. 
Symposium Schedule: 
1:00 P.M. Symposium begins in the Bruno Walter Auditorium (111 Amsterdam Ave). 
  • Presentation by Bruce Spizer, Beatles Historian/Author: “The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America"
  • Presentation by Dennis Elsas, Legendary NY Radio Personality: “It Was 50 years Ago Today - The Beatles Invade America”
2:20-2:35 P.M.  Break
  • Presentation by Chuck Gunderson, Independent Historian/Collector: “Some Fun Tonight! The Backstage Story of the 1964 Summer North American Tour”
  • Presentation by Allan Kozinn, Culture Reporter for the New York Times: “Studio Days/Touring Years”
  • Presentation by Russ Lease, Beatles Collector/Historian: "The Drop-T Logo and the Most Significant Drumkit in Popular Music History"
  • Group Discussion/Q&A, Robert Santelli, moderator
 4:00-5:30 P.M. - Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! Exhibition open for viewing in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery

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