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Beatles scholar's work featured at Australian Capital Symphony

Kenneth Womack, PhD, an internationally renowned authority on the Beatles and their cultural influence, will be featured in the program for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's "Beatles in Symphony" performance on October 8, 2016.

The Orchestra's usual classical offerings will take on a twist of one of the 20th century's most popular music groups, the Beatles. Audiences will hear many of the familiar tunes in a new way as they are transformed into orchestral suites, and attendants are encouraged to dress up in their best "Beatle-esque" attire. When it came to compiling the program for the event, the management tapped Womack.

Kenneth Womack

"I was honored to be asked by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to provide a context for understanding the resounding impact of the Beatles' music," said Womack. "The decision to feature the band's timeless music in this way is yet another testament to their enduring influence."

Included in the program's pages are an excerpt from Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four (edited by Kenneth Womack and Todd F. Davis), as well as Womack's own 'Three Great Beatles Moments.'

"I'm delighted to have my writing showcased as part of this event," he continued, "But ultimately, as John Lennon said, 'With the Beatles, the music is the point.'"

An award-winning American fiction writer and literary critic, Kenneth Womack serves as Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University in New Jersey, where he is also a Professor of English.

Kenneth is the author of three novels and editor of numerous volumes of literary and cultural criticism, as well as the author of several books on the Beatles, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles and The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four.

His latest, Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years: 1926-1966), is forthcoming in 2017. His books are available on Amazon.

You can learn more about Ken's work at

Published October 6, 2016

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