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Vacaville High School String Quartet lends talent to Beatles show

By From page B1 | April 26, 2013

VACAVILLE — When “In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles” comes to the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre on May 3, be on the lookout for two quartets – not just one.

The Vacaville High School String Quartet will join the professional actors on stage to add an element of orchestral texture.

The show is a musical retelling of The Beatles’ story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and features the live music of tribute band Abbey Road.

String quartet members are seniors Samuel Klapper, Collette Wylie, Jeevanpreet Sidhu and Lauren Hesterman. They will join the band for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “Day in the Life” and “Hey Jude.”

In a special touch, “Yesterday” is played as a scene in which the Paul McCartney character plays the song for the first time for Beatles producer George Martin; the songwriter is explaining that he envisioned a string-quartet accompaniment.

The producers of “In My Life” approached Vivian Stanley, director of the Vacaville High School orchestra, looking for an ensemble that could hold its own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly uses a local quartet to augment the production while on tour.

Wylie, Klapper and Hestermann said they are longtime Beatles fans.

“My father bought a box set of Beatles albums and they became my favorite band,” said Wylie, in a press release. “I’m really looking forward to performing in this Beatles musical.”

Sidhu visited a Beatles museum and the Cavern Club in Liverpool. She has been playing the viola for eight years and also plays guitar and piano.

Wylie has been playing the violin for nine years. She also plays piano, guitar and sings at benefit concerts.

In addition to playing the cello, Hesterman plays the ukelele, drums and sings during her church’s services.

Klapper began playing the violin in elementary school after his current orchestra director, Stanley, demonstrated the instrument to him.

“It instantly spoke to me,” Klapper said in the press release. He also plays with the Solano Community Symphony.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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  • Rich GiddensApril 26, 2013 - 7:15 am

    I remember how much my dad hated the Beatles as they ascended pop stardom in the 60's. And he ended up paying homage to them by visiting the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Successive future generations will marvel at the Beatles and The Rolling Stones music.

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