Local high school string quartet to join the pros
Musicians from Cedar Falls and Waterloo West High Schools perform with touring Beatles vs. Stones show at Gallagher Bluedorn
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 Cedar Falls show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.
The string quartet: Cedar Falls High School seniors Taylor Hansen, Kelly Kestner and Willa Eacret and Waterloo West High junior Oliver Yoder will join the bands for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday,"
In addition to performing with the Cedar Falls and Waterloo West High Orchestras, quartet members have performed with prestigious ensembles including, the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, the Iowa All State Orchestra, the Northern Iowa String Teachers Association Honors Orchestra, the Verismo Chamber Program, and the Suzuki School Scholarship Quartet.
How the "Beatles" and "Stones" connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached Waterloo – Cedar Falls Symphony Education Director John Chiles, looking for a talented ensemble of high school students which could hold their own with a rock band in front of an audience.
The quartet's Beatles or Stones fans: Taylor Hanson and Willa Eacret are the quartet's Beatles fans.
"I grew up with my sister listening to the Beatles. My favorite songs are 'Yesterday' and 'Eleanor Rigby'," Taylor said.
"I grew up with the Beatles thanks to my dad," said Willa. "We played their songs together, me on piano and him on guitar."
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 comes to the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 - $55 and may be purchased by phone at 877-549-SHOW (7469), at the Theatre Box Office and online at www.gbpac.com. The Gallagher Bluedorn PAC is located at 8201 Dakota Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0801. The show is appropriate for all ages.
And here is some additional information about the quartet members:
Taylor Hansen, 17, has been playing violin for fourteen years.
She is a member of the Verismo Chamber Program, the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, the All State Orchestra, the Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra, the North East Iowa String Teacher Association Honors Orchestra, the Hearst Center Young Artist Concert Series and her school's pit orchestra for the theatre program.
"I love working with other people in the orchestra to create music. It's fun when a collective group can work together to make something sound great beyond playing a solo."
The Cedar Falls High School senior plans to attend college to major in Mechanical Engineering.
Kelly Kestner, 17, has been playing violin for ten years.
She is a member of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, the Iowa All State, the Northern Iowa String Teachers Association Honors Orchestra, and plays with the pit orchestra for her school's theatre program.
"I like seeing how all of my work over the past ten years has improved the way I play. It's second nature to me now."
The Cedar Falls High School senior plans to attend college and major in Music Education.
Oliver Yoder, 17, has been playing viola for seven years after switching from the violin.
He is a member of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, Suzuki School's Scholarship Quartet, the Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra, the Northern Iowa String Teachers Association Honors Orchestra and the Iowa All State orchestra.
"I like playing viola because it turned out to be a better way to harmonize with my brother and sister, who both play the violin."
The Waterloo West High junior plans to attend college upon graduation.
Willa Eacret, 17, has been playing cello for eleven years.
"I enjoy orchestra because I love working with good direction and good music. I love playing with friends and being able to sharpen my skills as a musician."
She is a member of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, where she is first chair, the North East Iowa String Teacher Association Honors Orchestra, and the Iowa Strings Teacher Association. She also was a participant at the Dorian Luther College Summer Camp.
The Cedar Falls High School senior plans to attend college and pursue a double major in Vocal and Cello Performance.
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