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Local high school string quartet to join the pros
Whittier California High School String Quartet to perform with touring show
By: la jolla booking
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 Mercury News at one point declaring: "this is the most unique tribute show in decades." The Downey show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.
California High students Ariana Alvarado, Emily Chavez, Alejandra Ortega and Jacob Fernandes will join the bands for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday,"
Quartet members consistently receive superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble festivals and perform with prestigious area ensembles, including the Whittier Area Youth Orchestra, the Southern California School Honors Orchestra and the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra.
How the "Beatles" and "Stones" connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached California High Orchestra Director Stephen Hill looking for a talented ensemble which could hold their own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly hires a local quartet to augment the production while on tour.
The quartet's Beatles or Stones fans: Jacob Fernandez and Emily Chavez are the quartet's Beatles fans.
"My favorite is definitely 'Hey Jude', it's one I have always loved," Jacob said.
"It's so calming and relaxing, 'Yesterday' has to be my favorite," said Emily.
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 returns to the Downey Theatre on Sunday, October 14 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $35-$55 and may be purchased by phone at (562) 861-8211, the Theatre Box Office or online at www.downeytheatre.org. The show is appropriate for all ages. The Downey Theatre is located at 8435 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241
And here is some additional information about the California High School String Quartet:
Ariana Alverado, 16, has been playing violin for five years. She is a member of the Whittier Area Youth Orchestra as well as California High School's Orchestra.
"I love what playing the violin brings out in me. If I'm not having the best day, it brings up my spirits and overall makes me a better person."
Ariana has advanced to regional Solo and Ensemble festivals and performed with the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Honors Orchestra.
"There is such a thrill of learning to read music and experience it because it's really hard, but it's so awesome," said Ariana.
Emily Chavez, 15, began playing violin five years ago.
"We are able to play whatever piece and the sound of all our instruments join together and sound nice," she said.
The sophomore enjoys playing violin because, "I find music to be such a relieving way to get through a tough day."
Alejandra Ortega, 15, has been playing viola since age nine. She has been a member of Whittier Area Youth Orchestra for three years.
Alejandra also plays violin and piano. She is a member of California High School's Animal Club and was awarded the Seal of Biliteracy for knowledge of the English and Spanish language.
"I like the orchestra experience because it's cool that you get to go from seeing the music, to making the music, to hearing the music and knowing what it took to get there."
The junior plans to attend college with the goal of becoming an immigration attorney
Jacob Fernandez, 16, has been playing cello for five years. He is a third year member of the Whittier Area Youth Orchestra and second year member of the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra.
"I love the sense of community that I get to walk into everyday. It's a lot different than my other classes," Jacob said.
He is a member of California High School's Model UN club, a Link Crew member, and competes with the speech and debate team.
The junior plans to attend college in California and continue to actively play cello.