By Carson Mlnarik
When Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown rolls through Scottsdale on May 10, one local high school string quartet will get their chance to go all-out in honor of the British Invasion.
The Chaparral High School String Quartet will perform alongside Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction, and Beatles saluters Abbey Road as part of their tour stop in Scottsdale.
A high-energy, multimedia production, the show will takes audiences back and forth with mini-sets, featuring tracks spanning the beloved bands’ entire careers. The show is a visual throwback as much as it’s auditory; the bands perform with striking attention to detail, using period costumes, vintage instruments and authentic mannerisms.
The string quartet from Chaparral High will join the pros on seven songs including “Ruby Tuesday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Hey Jude,” playing violin, viola and cello. As part of a 125-city international tour, the producers typically recruit local quartets at each stop to add some orchestral texture.
The group was formed by Chaparral Orchestra Director, Shana Roberts, as an ensemble that could “hold their own” against two critically acclaimed professional rock bands.
As teenagers, the four girls from Chaparral — Ann Chang, Hailey Heinzen, Sailor Uquijo and Elena Ausloos — mostly received their first exposure to Beatles and The Stones through older family members.
Ranging in age from 15 to 18, the members of the quartet are already quite accomplished. Two members — Chang and Uquijo — are members of the Phoenix Youth Symphony.
Their high school’s orchestra department is also well-decorated, having won the Fulton Homes Noon Salute radio contest in December and regularly receiving “Superior” rankings at Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association festivals.
As for which legendary rock group the quartet prefers, the four tend to lean towards the Beatles.
“The first song my dad taught me on guitar was ‘Blackbird,’ so I am really excited to be able to play some of the Beatles’ biggest hits,” said Heinzen, 18, one of the quartet’s violinists.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Beatles v. Stones – A Musical Showdown
Virginia G. Piper Theatre, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.499.TKTS, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10, $35-$55.