“Come Together” For The Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s 25th Annual Picnic At The Pops!


“Come Together” For The Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s 25th Annual Picnic At The Pops!

With the Classical Mystery Tour performing a tribute to The Beatles


David Lockington, Music Director

Caroline Nickel
(209) 523-4156 ext. 103


Click to download hi-resolution images. Credit: Diane Moody


July 2019 - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO), will present the Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles at its 25th Annual Picnic at the Pops concert Saturday, September 7, 2019. Held on the grounds of the E. & J. Gallo Winery, this family-friendly event attracts nearly 4,000 guests from Modesto and neighboring communities for an evening of music, dancing and fun underneath the stars. 

Picnic at the Pops provides a rare opportunity for guests to not only enjoy the symphony outside of its regular Gallo Center home, but to also experience a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse into the Gallo Winery grounds.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy all that the space has to offer.  Outside alcohol is prohibited; however, wine and an assortment of beverages are available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the MSO. For those not wanting to pack their own picnic, patrons may pre-order boxed dinner options from O’Brien’s Market, or they may purchase food on-site from our food trucks and vendors. Full details on our food offerings will be available at our website at modestosymphony.org/picnic-at-the-pops.

Caroline Nickel, Modesto Symphony’s President and CEO, is confident this year’s Picnic will be one of the most successful to date.  “The Beatles might be the most iconic band in history,” Nickel said.  “The name recognition, the high quality of the show and the unique opportunity to spend time at the Gallo Winery all come together to create an event that’s sure to drum up a lot of excitement.  It’s also important to note this is a fundraiser, so all the money raised stays in the community and we couldn’t be more appreciative of all that the E. & J. Gallo Family and Winery, plus the Porges Family Foundation, does to support this event.”




Modesto Symphony Orchestra

Classical Mystery Tour
Martin Herman, conductor                 

Martin Herman

A resident of Los Angeles, Martin Herman was educated at Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University. He also spent two years in Paris on a Fulbright Grant where he worked as a composer and conductor with the “New American Music in Europe” and “American Music Week” festivals. Aside from his conducting interests, Herman is an active composer and arranger. He has received fellowships and grants from the American Music Center, the Camargo Foundation, Meet the Composer, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has written chamber and orchestral works as well as three operas. He is recorded on the Albany Record label. As a long time Beatles fan, Martin was commissioned to provide the orchestral transcriptions heard on the Classical Mystery Tour show.

Recent guest conducting engagements include the Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Louisville Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Alabama Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra in Prague, Czech Republic.

James Owen presents Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles

Since its initial performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts) in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has become the #1 Symphony Pops attraction over the last decade. The group has been performing consistently for more than 20 years with more than 100 orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The group played to packed houses at the Sydney Opera House, and has performed with America’s most prestigious orchestras: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, among many others.

Classical Mystery Tour has CDs and T-shirts available for purchase at the concert and on their website (www.classicalmysterytour.com).             


Program (subject to change):

A Hard Day’s Night
All You Need Is Love
Come Together
Eleanor Rigby
Got to Get You Into My Life
Here Comes the Sun
I Saw Her Standing There
Let It Be
Magical Mystery Tour
Ob-ladi, ob-la-da
Penny Lane
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help From My Friends



Saturday, September 7, 2019
Grounds Open – 4:00p.m.
Concert Begins – 7:30p.m.



E. & J. Gallo Winery Grounds
600 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto



Tickets can be purchased by calling the Gallo Center Ticket Office at 209.338.2100 or at ModestoSymphony.org. Youth ticket pricing and group ticket pricing available.  Groups of 10 or more save 15 percent.

General Lawn Seating  Tickets: Adult $40 / Youth $12
Reserved Lawn Seating Tickets: Adult $62 / Youth $20
Group of 10+ get 15% off General Lawn Seating
(Youth ages 4 through 17 / 3 & under free)

Starting August 1st, tickets can also be purchased at all three O’Brien’s Market locations, Salon Salon, NuWay Cleaners, and the MSO Office. For full details on ticket offerings at the outlets please see visit our website at modestosymphony.org/picnic-at-the-pops.


Monday through Friday 10 am - 6 pm and Saturday 12 pm - 6 pm


Presenting Sponsors:

E. & J. Gallo Winery
Porges Family Foundation




The Modesto Symphony Orchestra is a Resident Company of The Gallo Center for the Arts
The DoubleTree Hotel is the official hotel of the MSO.

Media Sponsor: iHeart Media & SUNNY102.3