Louise Harrison, has had to cancel her planned visit to Richmond that had been set for Wednesday night. Louise was to give a free talk that evening at Indiana University East. However, she was forced to cancel because of health issues. It's unclear if her appearance will be rescheduled.
Louise, who lived in Illinois in the early 1960s, helped the Beatles gain radio and TV play in the United States before they were known here.
Her appearance was planned to help promote Richmond Symphony Orchestra's "Twist and Shout" Beatles-themed gala, which takes place April 29 at Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds. The concert will feature musical entertainment from Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends and the orchestra.
Louise hand-picked the members of Liverpool Legends and has managed the band for 10 years. Her involvement makes them the only Beatles tribute group with a direct family link to the original Fab Four. The Branson, Mo.-based band travels the world, headlining at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and performing at Carnegie Hall.
Before the gala, free lessons will help area residents learn 1960s dances including the Twist, The Swim and the Mashed Potato. Lessons will be 7-8 p.m. April 11 and 18 at the Springwood Hall Gym at IU East.
Tickets are available for "Twist and Shout." The cost is $100 per person, with $65 of that being a tax-deductible donation. For more information, call (765) 966-5181 or go to richmondsymphony.org.