Fruita Monument High School String Quartet to Join the Pros
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 Los Angeles Times at one point declaring: "this is the most unique tribute show in decades." The Grand Junction show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.
The string quartet: Fruita Monument High School senior Seth Brinton, junior Katelyn Nelson, sophomore Brooklyn Belnap and freshman Cody Bailey will join the bands for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday,"
Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles, including the District-wide Honors Orchestra. Members compete in Solo and Ensemble festivals and have received superior ratings.
How the "Beatles" and "Stones" connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached FMHS Orchestra Director Rachel Lavadie looking for a talented ensemble that 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: Seth Rigby and Brooklyn Belnap are the quartet's Beatles fans.
"Of course, there's the childhood memories with 'Yellow Submarine', but 'Eleanor Rigby' is always a good one to play," said Seth.
"'Hey Jude' is one of my favorites to play and I'm excited we get to perform the song in this show. 'Paperback Writer' is my all-time favorite," said Brooklyn.
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 on Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 pm at the Avalon Theatre. Tickets are $35 - $65 and may be purchased online at www.avalontheatregj.com, by phone at 800-626-TIXS (8497) or at the theatre box office. The Avalon Theatre is located at 645 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501. The show is appropriate for all ages.
And here is some additional information about the Fruita Monument High School String Quartet:
Seth Brinton, 17, has been playing violin for twelve years. His family has a tradition of playing instruments beginning at age five until leaving home.
"I love the feeling after a concert when you can see the joy on people's faces because they liked the music."
Seth is a member of the District-wide Honors Orchestra. He has competed in Solo and Ensemble festivals, receiving superior ratings. He belongs to the FMHS Interact Club and National Honors Society.
The senior plans to attend college and study Engineering.
Cody Bailey, 14, has been playing violin for four years. He has participated in Solo and Ensemble festivals for four years, receiving superior ratings each time.
"There are such beautiful instruments in the orchestra."
Cody is a member of the District-wide Honors Orchestra. Cody writes music, which has been performed by the school's orchestra at concerts.
The freshman plans to attend college and major in Music.
Katelyn Nelson, 16, first began playing the violin and then switched to viola two years ago.
"Getting together with people who have similar interests and getting to make people happy when they listen to our music is why I really like orchestra."
Katelyn is a member of the District-wide Honors Orchestra and various small ensembles. She has competed at Solo and Ensemble festivals, where she has received superior ratings.
She belongs to FMHS Ski Club and Interact club and is a member of the school's tennis team.
The junior is hoping to attend BYU and pursue a career as a veterinarian.
Brooklyn Belnap, 15, has been playing cello for five years. She began playing after seeing the instrument played in a film.
"My favorite thing is being able to come together with different people and an assortment of instruments and make good music."
She has competed in Solo and Ensemble Festivals where she has received superior ratings. Brooklyn is a member of the District-wide Honors Orchestra and enjoys playing cello for her church.
The sophomore plans to continue orchestra in college.