High School's 'Fab Four'

The Avon High School String Quartet, Sarah Talmage, left, Sam Golik, Olivia Eldridge and Michael Wilson (with cello), will perform Beatles songs with Abbey Road Tuesday at Lorain County Community College.

AVON - The British Invasion of rock'n'roll bands was more than half a century ago, but there's soon going to be another revolution consisting of teen-age singers instead of teen-age idols taking the stage.

Four members ofThe Avon High School String Quartet is rehearsing to perform five Beatles hits and two from the Rolling Stones.

Avon High School seniors Olivia Eldridge and Sarah Talmage and juniors Sam Golik and Michael Wilson will join Abbey Road and Satisfaction — billed as two of the top professional Beatles and Rolling Stones tribute bands. The performance is part of the "Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Showdown" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hoke Theater at Lorain County Community College's Stocker Arts Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria.

The show is part of the tribute bands’ 125-city tour of the United States, Canada and Australia. It pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival band Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance.

The show's producers had recently approached Avon High School Director of Orchestras Jesse Martin looking for a quartet that could hold its own in front of an audience. The show often hires a local quartet to sing with the groups while on tour.

The four Avon students will back up Abbey Road on Beatles songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello, Goodbye” and “Hey Jude” and Satisfaction on Stones songs “As Tears Go By” and “Ruby Tuesday.”

"We have a rock orchestra, Avon Electric Orchestra, that plays a lot of rock music, so this should be a good fit for them," Martin said. "I chose the four students to play with Abbey Road because they had already formed their own quartet. They'll be ready to go. We’re excited.”

The Beatles and Rolling Stones took the U.S. by storm in the mid-1960s, consistently overflowing concert halls and stadiums.

Members of Abbey Road and Satisfaction will wear costumes like those worn by Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The Avon students probably won't have any trouble keeping up with the pros. All have been singing music or playing instruments since they were little and have received superior ratings in the Ohio Music Education Association's competitions.

Sam, 16, and Sarah, 17, each play violin. Olivia, 17, plays viola and Michael, 16, is on cello. He also likes to play piano.

Avon High School’s main orchestra has about 150 students in it, Martin said.

Sam and Olivia are Beatles fans and are familiar with their songs even though the Beatles broke up more than 30 years before the teens were born.

"My favorite song is ‘Yesterday,’“ Olivia said. "I'm excited I get to play it."

Sam’s favorite Beatles songs are "Eleanor Rigby" and "Blackbird."

He said of playing violin, "The violin is a great instrument because it is an instrument where you can make a ton of different sounds and play a range of genres."

Wilson said, "Orchestra is fun because it allows us to do what we love, while being surrounded by people who push us to be better musicians."

Tickets range from $30 to $50 and can be purchased by calling 440 366-4040, at the Stocker box office or at www.lorainccc.edu/stocker/

Contact this reporter at msakal@westlifenews.com, or 440-871-5797

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