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Local Students Take the Stage at The Orange Peel

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When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to The Orange Peel on November 11, a quartet of Asheville high school students 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 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 Asheville show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The string quartet:  North Henderson High School senior Annette Gregoire, School of Inquiry and Life Sciences Asheville junior Elijah White, Asheville home schooled juniors Laney Barnett and Hope Hamby 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.”

Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles, including the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Carolina Youth Symphony and the Hendersonville Youth Symphony.

How the “Beatles” and “Stones” connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra General Manager Brian Garland looking for a quartet who could hold its own with a rock band in front of an audience.

The quartet’s Beatles or Stones fans: Hope Hamby and Elijah White are the quartet’s Beatles fans. “I have totally grown up listening to them. ‘Help’ is a good song but there is so many good ones i can’t choose,” said Hope.

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 SatisfactionBeatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to The Orange Peel on Sunday, November 11 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20/$22 and may be purchased by phone at 828.398.1837, at the box office or online at www.theorangepeel.net. The Orange Peel is located at 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. The show is appropriate for all ages.

And here is some additional information about the string quartet:

Laney Barnett, 16, has been playing violin for ten years. She began playing after hearing a violin solo on the radio and was instantly intrigued. “I was really unsure that joining an orchestra was the right thing, but after I saw everyone captivated by our orchestra, I knew that this was why I played.” She is a member of the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Carolina Youth Symphony, and the Academy Quartet of the Western Carolina Music Quartet. When she’s not playing music, Laney enjoys the outdoors and visiting fine art museums. The junior is homeschooled in Asheville and plans to attend college and enroll in a music conservatory.

Hope Hamby, 16, has been playing violin for 11 years. “I love making music and hearing it while getting to use something I’m passionate about to help people.” Hope is a six-year member of the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has competed five times in the Youth Artist Competition of the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra. The homeschooled junior plans to pursue a double major in Audio Engineering and Music Performance in college.

Annette Gregoire, 17, has been playing viola for six years. She began playing after seeing her older brothers play music and wanting to follow in their footsteps. “I enjoy orchestra because I get to see how it breaks barriers between people.” Annette is a member for the Hendersonville Youth Symphony. She has competed at the Western Regional Orchestra competition as an ensemble for three years, and the All-State competition for the past two years. The North Henderson High senior plans to attend college and major in Music.

Elijah White, 16, has been playing cello for two years. He started playing piano and just recently made the transition to cello. “I decided to learn cello because I think I was looking for the ensemble experience after having done solo piano performances for so long.” Elijah attends the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences in Asheville, where he is a member of the Math Honors Society. He performs with the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra and his school’s orchestra. The junior plans to continue studying music in college, focusing on cello performance.

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 Asheville show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Australia 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”)