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Local High School String Quartet to Join Beatles vs. Stones

March 19 concert provides opportunity to bring local talent to the Swiftel Center stage

Brookings, S.D. (3/5/2020) – When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the Swiftel Center on March 19, a string quartet from Brookings and Sioux Falls area high schools 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.

Brookings High School senior Kate Ropp and Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School seniors Elsa Watkins, Briley Bohnet and junior Gabriel Lima will join the bands for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "A Day in the Life," "Hello Goodbye," "Hey Jude," "Gimme Shelter" and "Ruby Tuesday."

Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles, including the Brookings High School Orchestra, the Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School Chamber Orchestra, the Sioux Falls Youth Orchestra and the South Dakota Youth Symphony.

The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Administrator Jessica Johannsen 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.

"These two performances will be great opportunities for a few of our SDSYO students to perform as professional artists," said Jessica. "We are happy to have the chance for such a unique experience!"

ABOUT THE STRING QUARTET MEMBERS
Kate Ropp: Kate Ropp, 18, has been playing violin for twelve years. She is a member of the Brookings High School Orchestra and the Sioux Falls Youth Orchestra. “I enjoy orchestra because it allows me to do something I enjoy with others who have a similar mindset.” Kate enjoys volunteering at the Therapeutic Riding Center, riding her own horse and playing soccer. The Brookings High senior plans to attend New Mexico State and major in Animal Science.

Elsa Watkins: Elsa Watkins, 18, has been playing violin for fourteen years. She is a member of Roosevelt High School’s Chamber Orchestra. “I like to think of playing as an extension of myself and a way of expressing what I can’t in words.” Elsa is an AP student and is highly involved with her church. The Roosevelt High senior plans to attend college and major in Spanish Education.

Gabriel Lima: Gabriel Lima, 17, has been playing viola for four years. He is a member of Roosevelt High School’s Orchestra. “Out of all the musical fields, I like orchestra because it is the most welcoming group.” An honors student, Gabriel is a member of his school's debate team. The junior plans to attend college upon high school graduation.

Briley Bohnet: Briley Bohnet, 18, has been playing cello for nine years. She is a member of Roosevelt High School’s Chamber Orchestra and performs with the South Dakota Youth Symphony. “I think orchestra is a really good way to get connected and easily bond with people.” Briley participates in her school’s Spanish Club and is enrolled in AP classes. The senior plans to attend college upon high school graduation.

ABOUT THE SOUTH DAKOTA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
The SDSYO is an elite music education program comprised of five student ensembles, ranging from a string orchestra for beginning students to a symphonic orchestra for advanced players, and chamber orchestra for student musicians ages 6 – 18. These ensembles provide an inspiring group setting that gives young musicians the tools and training to pursue artistic passions, develop musical talents, and build leadership skills. Performances are scheduled at major venues throughout each season, giving students multiple opportunities to showcase their musical talents.

ABOUT THE BEATLES VS. STONES – A MUSICAL SHOWDOWN
Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the Swiftel Center (managed by VenuWorks) on Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 pm. The two greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time engage in a musical showdown of the hits with renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show.

Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the county's top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles' career. They face off against renowned 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 Swiftel Center show is part of a 125 stop tour of the U.S., Australia and Canada and has been touring since 2011.The show also performs long term residencies for a number of the Harrah’s Casino properties. The production includes some of the more popular songs from the two rock pioneers and covers the scope of their musical careers, although the set list for Satisfaction usually includes Rolling Stones songs up to the 1980s.

During the two-hour show, the bands perform three sets each, trading places in quick set changes and ending the night with an all-out encore involving both bands. The band members have their outfits custom-made, since avid fans know exactly what the Beatles and Stones wore onstage during different time periods in their careers.

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