Local high school string quartet to join touring Beatles vs. Stones show on Tacoma stage

9/14/2017 | TACOMA, Washington

TACOMA, WA (9/13/2017) When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the Broadway Center for the Arts on November 9, the Tacoma School of the Arts String Quartet 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. 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 Tacoma show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia.

The string quartet: Tacoma high school seniors Kelly Moylan, Abbie Foulon and Veronica Truong and junior Lilo Heinrich will join the bands for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday," "A Day in the Life," "Hello Goodbye,""Hey Jude," "As Tears Go By," and "Ruby Tuesday."

All quartet members perform with the Tacoma School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra and smaller school chamber ensembles. Members also perform with prestigious groups including the Tacoma Youth Symphony, the Stanford UniversitySummer Orchestra, and All-State Honors Orchestras. Last year, all quartet members advanced to the state level of the Washington Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Competition and received superior ratings performing with the school's chamber orchestra.

How the "Beatles" and "Stones" connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached SOTA Performing Arts Department Head Paul Eliot looking for a talented ensemble which could hold their own with a rock band in front of an audience. The school's quartet performed in 2015 with another show produced by the same tour company called "In My Life - A Musical Theatre to the Beatles" at the Broadway Center.

"When we find a strong high school program like SOTA's, we try to hire them when we come back," said show producer Tom Maher.

The quartet's Beatles or Stones fans: Heinrich, Moylan and Truong are the quartet's Beatles fans.

Moylan's favorite Fab Four tune is "Strawberry Fields Forever" and Truong prefers "Hey Jude."

Quartet for hire: SOTA's quartet performs at weddings and community events and is available for hire by contacting Paul Eliot at PELIOT@Tacoma.K12.Wa.US.

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. The show plays the Broadway Center on November 9 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $35/$45/$55 and may be purchased online at www.broadwaycenter.org, by phone at 253.591.5894 or at the Theatre Box Office. The Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and two hours before performances. The Broadway Center is located at 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. The Abbey Road band performed to enthusiastic crowds at the Broadway Center in 2015 and 2016 with their show, "In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles." The show is appropriate for all ages.

And here is some additional information about the Tacoma School of the Arts quartet:

Lilo Heinrich, 16, has been playing the violin since the sixth grade. In addition to playing with SOTA's Chamber Orchestra, she has performed with the Tacoma Youth Symphony for six years and the Stanford University Summer Orchestra, a group made up almost entirely of adult musicians.

"I like the warm sound of the violin," said Heinrich. "It sounds like a human voice."

The junior attends the Tacoma Science and Math Institute and is a member of a robotics team called SOTA Bots and does volunteer work in the community. She took courses at Stanford University last summer and works for Kumon Learning Center.

Heinrich is a fan of Beatles music.

Kelly Moylan, 17, has been playing the violin for six years. She plays with her school's chamber orchestra.

"I enjoy the variance and quality of sounds that the violin can produce," said Moylan.

The senior is interested in painting and drawing and works with the Teen Arts Council of the Tacoma Art Museum.

Moylan is a Beatles fan and her favorite Fab Four tune is "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Abbie Foulon, 17, has been playing the viola for ten years. She plays with her school's chamber orchestra, has been a member of the Tacoma Youth Symphony for nine years and played four years with the All-State Honors Orchestra. She was previously a member of the Second City's Young Chamber Players.

Foulon performed with the SOTA String Quartet two years ago in Abbey Road's "In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" production at the Broadway Center.

"Playing with the Beatles show in 2015 helped me understand just how many options there are within this profession. I have dedicated so much of my childhood learning this skill and appreciating the art form and as I am reaching adulthood it was disheartening to get discouraged from pursuing a career in music as being too risky."

Foulon has been a lifelong Beatles fan and her favorite songs are "I've Just Seen a Face" and "A Hard Day's Night."

Veronica Truong, 17, has been playing the cello for 11 years. She also plays the piano and violin. She is a member of her school's chamber orchestra.

"I love playing with the orchestra and seeing how all the parts come together," said Truong.

The senior plans to attend a four year university and one day become a college professor.

Truong is a Beatles fan and her favorite Fab Four tune is "Hey Jude."

Tacoma School of the Arts Music Department's other achievements: The Tacoma School of the Arts is the only arts school in the greater Tacoma area and was established in 2001 with the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The instrumental music department at SOTA is designed to prepare students for study as college music majors.  The program puts an emphasis on individual musicianship by requiring students to perform as soloists and chamber musicians in addition to large ensembles.  Music History and several semesters of college-level music theory and composition round out the requirements.

And here is some additional information about SOTA Orchestra Director R. Paul Eliot:

R. Paul Eliot is a graduate of the University of Washington where he studied with Dr. Michael Brockton and earned degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education.  Mr. Eliot was one of the founding faculty of the Tacoma School of the Arts where he has been encouraged to follow his vision for a new model of music education in the band and orchestra arena as well as the songwriting arena.  His proudest accomplishments are the continued successes of his current and former students.

And here is some additional information about "Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown":

Alternating mini power sets with the two bands coming together on stage for an amazing encore makes this show a once-in-a-lifetime event. 

The nationally touring show recently concluded a three month residency at the Harrah's Reno showroom and a two month residency at the Harrah's Laughlin showroom. The Glenside show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada and has been touring since 2011.

The Abbey Road band features Chris Paul Overall ("Paul"), Nathaniel Bott ("John"), Zak Schaffer ("George") and Axel Clarke ("Ringo"). Satisfaction is comprised of Chris Legrand ("Mick"), Trey Garitty ("Keith Richards"), Dom Lanzo ("Ronnie Wood"), John Wade ("Bill Wyman") and Ron Nelson ("Charlie Watts").


PHOTO TAGS: "SOTA_4tet_resized_1" shows from left to right Lilo Heinrich (Violin I), Kelly Moylan (Violin II), Abbie Foulon (Viola) and Veronica Truong (Cello); "SOTA_4tet_resized_2" shows Lilo Heinrich (Violin I), Kelly Moylan (Violin II), Abbie Foulon (Viola) and Veronica Truong (Cello); Quartet photos taken by Paul Eliot. "Sgt Pepper" shows Nate Bott ("John"), Axel Clarke ("Ringo"), Chris Paul Overall ("Paul") and Jesse Wilder "George"); "Master_Promo" shows (l-r) Chris Legrand ("Mick") and Trey Garitty ("Keith Richards"). Photos taken by Michelle Fairless. Higher resolution versions of all attached photos available.