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‘Just Imagine’ relives life, love, music of John Lennon

Apr 17, 2013

Imagine John Lennon returns for one last concert and you are there to experience it.

“Just Imagine” relives the best loved hits of the famous Beatle and takes audiences through a final performance with John Lennon, a revealing outlook on his music career as well as his inspiration for songs and his relationships with loved ones, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

“Just Imagine” effortlessly transports you to an imaginary world, putting you in front of the musical legend who shook the world. Experience Lennon’s timeless musical genius as Tim Piper takes you through John’s life from his tumultuous childhood to worldwide pop music superstar to groundbreaking social icon that influenced generations. You’ll share a unique perspective on John’s life, the stories behind the songs, his philosophies and dreams, and revealing insights about the birth of The Beatles, the pressures of super-stardom and John’s relationships with his loves and fellow Beatles.

Between 1962 and 1969, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote 180 songs that would score the emotional life of generations. “Just Imagine,” Piper’s tribute to Lennon, takes you through the creative journey that started it all.

“The Beatles are part of our DNA, if you will,” said Piper. “To reflect on a time when a generation thought that ‘All You Need is Love’ could really change the world when surrounded by war and revolution — and realize that many years later, some things are basically unchanged — makes you think about the human experience and what can be done to help change the world as we know it.”

This multi-media production immerses you in an intimate, unforgettable live interactive experience where you can soak in the majesty of this exquisite evening and ... just imagine.

Piper, with his tea shades and overgrown hair makes for a credible Lennon, and his vocal styling and intonations are impressive. He delivers strong versions of “Money,” “Revolution,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Come Together” and “I Am the Walrus.” And while the band rocks on, an elaborate video show plays above them, featuring archival photos and thematic images.

“Just Imagine” is part of the 2012-13 Sondheim Artist Series and is presented by Danaher Oil Company, Hy-Vee, Cambridge Investment Research, TrafFix Devices, Green Building Supply and KTVO.

Tickets are $32 for Zone 1, $28 for Zone 2, $23 for Zone 3. Youth tickets are $12. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, by phone, 472-2787 and online, www.FairfieldACC.com.

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