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MVHS String Quartet joins touring company of 'Beatles vs. Stones' show


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Mountain View High musicians Coral Chen, Cecilia Jing, Hannah Spray and Nathan Horowitz are set to play in “Beatles vs. Stones.”

When the touring show “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” premieres at Campbell’s Heritage Theatre Sunday, the Mountain View High School String Quartet will join the professional musicians to add orchestral texture to the evening.

The producers of “Beatles vs. Stones” approached Mountain View High orchestra director Jason Kneebone in search of a talented ensemble that 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.

The string quartet will perform seven songs with the bands, joining them for “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Hey Jude,” “As Tears Go By” and “Ruby Tuesday.”

All quartet members perform with the Mountain View High School Chamber Orchestra, which received a Gold rating for its performance at the 2016 New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. Members belong to area orchestras, including the California Youth Symphony and the El Camino Youth Symphony.

Multitalented musicians

Members of the string quartet include:

• Celia Jing, who has played the violin for 12 years. She is concertmaster of the school’s chamber orchestra and played with the El Camino Youth Symphony.

“I enjoy playing in orchestra and experiencing how each section’s music complements each other,” she said.

Jing is president of the school’s Interact and Mandarin clubs and has been a competitive dancer for 12 years. The senior plans to attend a four-year university and pursue a degree in international relations. Her favorite Beatles song is “Yellow Submarine.”

• Hannah Spray, who has played the violin for seven years. She also plays the ukulele, guitar and piano. The senior performs with the school’s chamber orchestra and was a member of the California Youth Symphony for five years.

“Playing in orchestra allows you to communicate your feelings and emotions to the other musicians and the audience without verbalizing,” said Spray, who plans to attend a four-year university and major in computer science.

Her favorite Fab Four tune is “Across the Universe.”

• Nathan Horowitz, who plays the cello. When he was 9 years old, Horowitz heard Cello Concert No. 1 and immediately decided that he wanted to learn to play the cello. He plays with the school’s chamber orchestra and performed with both the El Camino Youth Symphony and the California Youth Symphony.

“I love the deep and passionate sound of the cello,” he said.

Horowitz competes with the Los Altos Botball Community Team, a robotics program for youth. The senior plans to attend college and pursue a degree in computer science. His favorite Beatles song is “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

• Coral Chen, a violist for six years, plays with the chamber orchestra and was a member of the California Youth Symphony for five years.

“I enjoy the sound of the viola,” she said. “It sounds like a human voice to me.”

Chen also plays both tennis and badminton at Mountain View High and competes with the school’s Science Olympiad. The junior plans to study ecology or environmental science in college. Her favorite Beatles song is “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

“Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” is scheduled 7 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell. Tickets are $35-$55.For tickets and more information, call (408) 866-2700, visit cityofcampbell.com/560/Ticket-Information or stop by the box office.

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