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Tucson High School String Quartet to join the pros
The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. The string quartet will perform seven songs with the bands.
Here's the rundown:
The show: The two greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time face off in Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the nation's top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles' career. They engage in a "showdown" of the hits with Stones tribute band Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion. The production includes multimedia, period costumes and vintage instruments. It has toured for years, with a critic for the Los Angeles Times at one point declaring: "this is the most unique tribute show in decades." The Tucson show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.
The string quartet: Tucson High seniors Roman Rivera and Isabel Verdugo, junior Ylia Chuffe and sophomore Lily Selznick will join the bands for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday,"
Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles, including Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra and Tucson Junior Strings. Members consistently receive Excellent ratings at solo and ensemble festivals.
How the "Beatles" and "Stones" connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached Tucson High Magnet School Director of Orchestras Cayce Miners looking for a talented ensemble which could hold their own with a rock band in front of an audience.
The quartet's Beatles or Stones fans: All members of the quartet are Beatles fans.
"My parents always listened to The Beatles when I was growing up," said Lily. "'Yesterday' has been my favorite for a long time."
"I'm really excited to play 'Eleanor Rigby' at the show, it is such a great song!" said Roman.
The details: Two of the greatest bands of all time face off in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. The Fab Four, represented by tribute band Abbey Road will engage in a barrage of hits against premier Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. "Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown" performs at the Rialto Theatre on May 11 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $26- $46 and may be purchased online at www.rialtotheatre.com (https://www.rialtotheatre.com/
And here is some additional information about the Tucson High School String Quartet:
Roman Rivera,17, has been playing violin for eight years. The solo songs that can be played on violin are what intrigued him to learn the instrument.
"It's a really beautiful instrument that I enjoy playing a lot."
Roman is a member of Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. He has competed in solo and ensemble festivals, receiving excellent ratings.
In addition to orchestra, Roman is a six-year member of Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), an academic preparation program, as well as the school's National Honors Society.
The senior plans to attend Arizona State University and major in Music Performance with the goal of auditioning for a major symphony.
Lillian Selznick,15, began playing violin at age seven. She has been a member of Tucson Junior Strings for the past eight years. Lily has received excellent ratings at solo and ensemble festivals.
"I love the community that playing violin creates. Getting to play together as a group in orchestra and being able to hear how all the instruments come together in the end is really cool."
The sophomore is also a member of one of the school's quintets. In addition to being musically active, she competes with the Tucson Tidal Waves Swim team.
Ylia Chuffe,16, began to play the viola in the past year and has six years experience playing violin.
He enjoys playing both instruments because "hearing the moments in music that are very pretty makes all the hard work worth it."
In addition to being in the school's orchestra, he is also a member of the school's Mariachi band. Ylia belongs to the Tri-M Math Honors Society.
When asked what he enjoyed about the orchestra experience Ylia said, "I enjoy the friends and laughs and all the challenges I face."
The junior plans to stay in state for college, while pursuing a career in music.
Isabel Verdugo,18, has been playing cello for six years. She could remember the day she was overcome by the sound of her sister playing cello and knew in sixth grade she was going to start playing it too.
Isabel has competed in state ensemble festivals for four years, receiving excellent ratings each year. She belongs to the local youth orchestra, Tucson Junior Strings.
"I enjoy the challenge of learning to communicate with the other quartet members while playing. The skill is hard to mold since you have to learn and pick up on other people's habits."
The senior will be attending Arizona State University in the fall and major in Music Education.