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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - March 29, 2018 - eTradeWire -- When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the McGlohan Theater at Spirit Square on April 15, the Northwest School of the Arts (Charlotte) High School 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 Charlotte show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The string quartet: NWSA senior Margaret Hankins, junior Kyra Totillo, sophomores Rebekah McMillian and Andrew Beauregard 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."

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In addition to playing with the NWSA Chamber Orchestra, quartet members perform with prestigious area ensembles, including CMS Honors, Western Region and All-State Orchestras. Members consistently receive Superior ratings at North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) Solo and Ensemble festivals.

How the "Beatles" and "Stones" connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached Northwest School of the Arts Orchestra Director Erica Hefner 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: All quartet members are Beatles fans.

Hankins' Fab Four tune is "Yellow Submarine." McMillian and Beauregard both favor "Hey Jude."

"I remember riding in the car as a small child and listening to Beatles with my dad," said Hankins.

Totillo's favorite Rolling Stones song is "Ruby Tuesday."

"I'm excited we get to perform this song in the Beatles vs. Stones show," she said.

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 Sunday, April 15 at 7:00 pm at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Tickets are $35-$65 and may be purchased online at www.carolinatix.org, by phone 704-372-1000 or through the Blumenthal Performing Arts Box Office, located in the Belk Theater Lobby at 130 North Tryon Street in Charlotte. The McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square is located at 345 North College Street in Charlotte, NC 28202. The show is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

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And here is some additional information about the Northwest School of the Arts String Quartet:

Margaret Hankins
, 18, has been playing the violin for 13 years. She is a member of the NWSA Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the CMS Honors, Western Region and All-State Orchestras. She consistently receives Superior ratings at NCMEA Solo and Ensemble festivals.

"There is always something new to learn with the violin," said Hankins.

The senior will attend NC State in the fall and pursue a major in the Sciences.

Hankins is a life-long Beatles fan and her favorite Fab Four tune is "Yellow Submarine."

"I remember riding in the car as a small child and listening to Beatles with my dad," said Hankins.

Rebekah McMillian, 15, has been playing the violin for seven years and performs with her school's chamber orchestra.

"Playing in orchestra makes me feel part of a community," she said.

McMillian plays club soccer, writes and enjoys creating visual art.

Her favorite Beatles song is "Hey Jude."

Kyra Totillo, 17, has been playing the viola for almost seven years. She plays with the NWSA Chamber, CMS Honors and Western Region Orchestras. She receives Superior ratings at NCMEA festivals.

"I fell in love the sound of the viola," said Totillo. "It's the closest instrument to the human voice."

The junior plans to attend a four year university after graduation and pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Her favorite Beatles song is "Day Tripper" and her preferred Rolling Stones song is "Ruby Tuesday."

"I'm excited we get to perform "Ruby Tuesday" at the Beatles vs. Stones show," she said.

Andrew Beauregard, 16, has been a cellist since the sixth grade. He is a member of the NWSA Chamber Orchestra and has also played with the CMS Honors and Western Region Orchestras. He was selected to play with the All-State Orchestra.

Beauregard is a Beatles fan and his favorite is "Hey Jude."

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