Surf, sand and en­tire or­ches­tral sec­tions

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ARUBA, JA­MAICA, oh I want to take ya to … the sym­phony? Yes, The Beach Boys, long the her­alds of care­free sum­mer fun, kick off the sea­son this year by team­ing with some of Lon­don’s finest mu­si­cians for The Beach Boys With the Royal Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra, pair­ing the vo­cals from their clas­sic tunes with a full or­ches­tral ar­range­ment.

On the sur­face, the ad­di­tion of or­ches­tral ac­com­pa­ni­ments to light, sum­mery tunes like “Cal­i­for­nia Girls” and “Fun, Fun, Fun” might seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive. But The Beach Boys are, of course, famed for their vo­cal har­monies and multi- lay­ered mu­si­cal com­po­si­tions – el­e­ments that al­bum pro­ducer Nick Pa­trick says only en­hanced the mu­si­cal pair­ing. “What we found, mak­ing this record, is when you dig down into the ar­range­ments, they’re ex­tra­or­di­nary,” he notes in a pro­mo­tional video. “They’re fresh, they’re new, they’re com­plex, they’re beau­ti­ful and con­structed in a com­pletely orig­i­nal way.” Beach Boy co-founder Brian Wil­son con­curs, not­ing he “al­ways knew the vo­cal ar­range­ments I did back ... would lend them­selves per­fectly for a sym­phony.” —Mike Criso­lago

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