Carl Rath will present “The Beatles: Four Lads Who Shook the World” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
Hosted by Winchester Academy of Waupaca, the program is free and open to the public.
Rath was there at the beginning as The Beatles’ fame in the U.S. started with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in January 1964.
The son of a drummer, Rath began playing drums at age 10, although his formal music training was on the bassoon. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education with distinction in performance from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton and a master’s degree in performance from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.
Rath teaches courses in bassoon and popular music at Lawrence University. He is emeritus professor of music at the University of Oklahoma, following a 31-year tenure on the faculty of the School of Music.
While at Oklahoma, Rath developed a senior-level Honors course on the first 25 years of rock ‘n’ roll and one on The Beatles.
For 20 years, Rath produced sold-out shows featuring what Rolling Stone described as “the best Beatles tribute in the world.” He continues working with The Tribute as their conductor when they perform with orchestra.
Rath has presented numerous programs on The Beatles to schools, civic groups and libraries. In 2010 he was guest performer, music arranger, and speaker with the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra in Montana, presenting an hour-long program, “The All-Ages Guide to the Beatles.”
Winchester Academy is funded through sponsors and tax-deductible donations. Rath’s program is sponsored by an anonymous donor.
For more information about Winchester Academy, check winchesteracademywaupaca.org or contact Executive Director Ann Buerger Linden at 715-258-2927 or email@example.com.