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

By March 11, 2020 No Comments

CORALVILLE, IA (3/09/20) When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 26, the Iowa City High School String Quartet will join the professional musicians on stage to lend some local talent to this homage to the British Invasion.

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 six songs with the bands. The Abbey Road band played to a sold out audience at the Coralville Center in 2016 as the cast of the production, In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles.

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 Coralville show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The string quartet: Iowa City High School senior Kaya Zdan, juniors Oliver Bostian and Rachel Meehan and sophomore Ruth Meehan will join the bands for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Hey Jude,” “Gimme Shelter” and “Ruby Tuesday.”

How the “Beatles” and “Stones” connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached City High School Director of Orchestras Megan Stucky looking for a quartet who could hold its 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: Ruth Meehan and Rachel Meehan are the quartet’s Beatles fans.

 

“I really love the Beatles. My favorite song is ‘Eleanor Rigby’,” said Ruth.

 “They are one of my family’s favorite bands, but my personal favorite song is ‘Blackbird’,” said Rachel.

The details: The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off as the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts hosts tributes to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show engage in a musical showdown of the hits. Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 – $55 and may be purchased online at www.coralvillearts.org by phone at 319.248.9370 or at the box office. The Coralville Center is located at 1301 5th Street in Coralville, IA 52241. The box office is open Tuesday – Friday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and one hour prior to ticketed events. The show is appropriate for all ages.

 

And here is some additional information about the string quartet:

 

Oliver Bostian, 17, has been playing violin for nine years. He participates in the Preucil School String Orchestra in Iowa City and is in a string trio with his school. Oliver recently won a solo and ensemble festival at Drake University as a soloist.

“I think music is something that connects us and any type of music-making is fulfilling for me.”

Oliver is a member of choir and the ultimate frisbee team at Iowa City High School.

The junior plans to attend college upon high school graduation.

Kaya Zdan, 18, has been playing violin for fifteen years.

“I really like playing violin and it is a lot of fun getting to play music with other people.”

Kaya enjoys computer programming in her free time. She is on the Iowa City High School’s Honor Roll.

The senior plans to go to college and major in Software Engineering.

Rachel Meehan, 17, has been playing viola for thirteen years. She has competed in solo and ensemble festivals and plans to go to Europe with the school orchestra this year.

“I really like playing viola because when I’m playing, I get to meet a lot of cool people and make friends.”

Rachel is an editor of her high school’s newspaper and participates in choir and show choir. She is a member of the National Honors Society.

The junior plans to attend college and major in Music Education or Music Performance.

Ruth Meehan,15, has been playing cello for thirteen years.

“I like playing cello because I’m not good with words and expressing words through music is therapy to me.”

Ruth is a member of many choirs, theatre programs and orchestras. When not performing music, she enjoys playing softball.

The sophomore plans to attend college and continue being involved with music.

Here is some additional information about Megan Stucky:

Megan Stucky is director of orchestras in the Iowa City Community School District at City High School. Ms. Stucky is currently in her 16th year of public school education where her high school program consists of 130 string players in grades 9-12. Her top orchestras have performed in Austria, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Italy. In March of 2020, the orchestra will again travel to Leipzig, Prague, and Vienna on a performance tour. Ms. Stucky has also conducted many musicals including OliverMary PoppinsGreaseGuys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors and Les Miserables earning state awards for best pit orchestra three of those years. Ms. Stucky graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BME in 2003. Over the course of 20 years, Megan has maintained an active schedule as a violinist performing regularly with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and various local groups. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and Iowa String Teachers Association (ISTA).

Several of City High’s music programs successes and achievements include:
1. Having one of the highest All-State acceptance quotas in the state.
2. An internationally touring orchestra.
3. An award-winning musical pit.
4. A two-time Grammy award-winning music school.

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 Coralville show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Australia and Canada and has been touring since 2011.

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Editorial Contact: Andy Nagle (562) 480-7951/ andy@lajollabooking.com

Director of Orchestras for City High School Megan Stucky 319-688-1040 ext. 4019 stucky.megan@iowacityschools.org

Manager of City High String Quartet Rachel Meehan (319) 499-8790/ramee21@icstudents.org

Interviews with quartet members arranged by contacting Nagle, Stucky or Meehan

Oliver Bostian (Violin I)

Kaya Zdan (Violin II)

Rachel Meehan (Viola)

Ruth Meehan (Cello)