IHS String Quartet to Join the Pros




When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the State Theatre of Ithaca on Friday, December 1, two local high school string quartets will have the privilege of joining the professional musicians on stage to add some orchestral texture to the evening. 
 
The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. Each band has recruited their own local high school string quartet to help push their side to victory. The Ithaca High String Quartet will perform with Abbey Road and the New Roots Charter Quartet will join Satisfaction.
 
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 Ithaca show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia. 

The string quartets: IHS seniors Shuah Jang, Ana Luisa McCullough, Nisha Sweet and Owen Crane will join Abbey Road for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday," "A Day in the Life," "Hello Goodbye," and "Hey Jude." 

All quartet members play with the IHS Chamber Orchestra and have performed with prestigious area ensembles, including the Ithaca Talent Education (ITE), the Tompkins County Youth Orchestra (TCYO), and the New York Area All-State Orchestra. 

NRCS senior Linus Berggren, sophomore Rowan Hawk and freshmen Fenya Bartman and Sophia Bosworth-Viscuso will perform with Satisfaction for the songs "As Tears Go By," and "Ruby Tuesday."

NRCS String Quartet members perform with the school's string ensemble and the New Roots Rock Band, a group with horns, strings and electric guitars. Members also play with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes Junior Strings Ensemble, ITE and the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. 

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