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Sgt. Pepper Symposium

Summit of Creativity: A Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

June 1-4, 2017

School of Music, Theatre & Dance

University of Michigan

UPDATE: Registration is now closed for the Symposium. Those wishing to look in will be glad to know that most of the events will be live-streamed according to the following schedule:

Thursday, 1 June: 2:45-4:45 PM, 5-6 PM, 6:30-8:30 PM

Friday, 2 June: 9:40-11 AM, 11:15 AM - 12 PM, 1-3 PM, 3:15-5:15 PM, 7-8 PM

Saturday, 3 June: 8:30 - 10:30 AM, 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM, 12:50 - 3 PM, 4:20 - 5:45 PM, 6-7 PM

Sunday, 4 June: 8:30-10:30 AM

Specific events to be broadcast are found in the streaming schedule; also note that particular parts of Mr. Scott's presentation will be blacked out.

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June 1, 2017, will mark the 50th anniversary of the worldwide release of the Beatles' album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  While a handful of other titles may vie for the honor of the group's "best" album, Pepper inarguably marks the peak of the band's creativity, and stands among the most imaginative and culturally significant artistic products of its age.

The "Summit of Creativity" conference will bring together prominent Beatles-based scholars, inner-circle figures, and journalists to lead a gathering of academics, students and the general public in exploring Pepper and its world.  The event is to take place at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, from the afternoon of Thursday through the morning of Sunday, June 1-4, 2017.


Keynote Speakers:

Be sure to see the rare artifacts on display at the entrance to the Music Library, appearing mid-May!

Floor plan and aerial view of conference site

Call for papers

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Questions about the Symposium should be directed to:

Walter Everett

School of Music, Theatre & Dance

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI48109-2085





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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower