Elgin Community College to Present JUST IMAGINE, 4/6

John Lennon is back for one night only in "JUST IMAGINE," an evening celebrating the life and music of the legendary pop star at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

This unique, concert experience integrates archival footage and photos as the critically acclaimed Tim Piper, backed by rock band Working Class Heroes, delivers Lennon's well known songs as well as the stories behind them. As Lennon, Piper recounts the musician's life, from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as a musical and social icon that has influenced generations. A multimedia musical experience, "JUST IMAGINE" puts its audience one-on-one with the man himself as Piper relates the birth of the Beatles, the pressures of superstardom, and Lennon's complex relationships with lovers and band mates.

A multifaceted musician, actor, and songwriter, Tim Piper has traveled the world interpreting the music of Lennon and the Beatles in live performances and on television. Working Class Heroes backs Piper with Greg Piper on bass, Don Butler on guitar, Morley Bartnoff on keyboard and Don Poncher on drums. With direction by Steve Altman, "JUST IMAGINE" is the perfect opportunity for music lovers of all ages to "Come Together" at the ECC Arts Center's Blizzard Theatre.

"JUST IMAGINE" arrives at the Elgin Community College Arts Center in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles historic debut album, "Please Please Me." The landmark album, originally released in March 1963, reigned at the top of UK album charts for thirty weeks and included hits "I Saw Her Standing There" and the Lennon-McCartney-penned "Please Please Me."

Tickets are $33-$35 and can be purchased online at http://tickets.elgin.edu or at the ECC box office located in the Arts Center. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. To purchase tickets by phone, call 847-622-0300. All major credit cards are accepted.

A pre-show dinner inspired by the Beatles' song catalog will be offered for $35. The menu includes a mixed green salad with "A Taste of Honey" balsamic vinaigrette, "Glass Onion Beef" (sliced beef with mushrooms and pearl onions in a rich merlot sauce accompanied by herb mashed potatoes), and for dessert, "Strawberry Fields" (white chocolate strawberry cheesecake.) The deadline for dinner reservations is Monday, April 1.

For more information about the ECC Arts Center, visit elgin.edu/arts. Video clips of upcoming artists and events can be found at youtube.com/ECCArtsCenter. Connect and talk to the arts center on "Standing Room Only," a blog at eccartscenter.com. The arts center can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/ECCArtsCenter. Become a fan of the Arts Center on Facebook at facebook.com/ECCArtsCenter.

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