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The Del Norte High School String Quartet in San Diego will lend their talents to a touring Beatles musical performing at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on October 5.

In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is a retelling of the iconic band's story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, featuring live music performed by tribute band Abbey Road.

Luke Lin (first violin), Casey Zhang (viola), Julia Zhu (second violin), and Takamu Maruo (cello) will perform “Eleanor Rigby”, “Yesterday” and “Imagine” with the show’s cast, who both portray the Beatles and perform their music live. Del Norte Orchestra Director Jennifer Kitelinger is rehearsing the quartet for the show.

Luke Lin is a junior and has been playing the violin for six years. He performs with the Del Norte Orchestra and his church quartet. In addition to performing classical music, Luke enjoys playing soccer and basketball. He won an award in Chinese school for handwriting and hopes to attend UCLA and major in computer engineering.

Casey Zhang began playing the viola two years ago after playing the violin since the fourth grade. “I like the deeper sound of the viola,” said the sophomore. “I enjoy performing in front of audiences because I want them to enjoy the music and hopefully they will want to come back.”

She is a member of the number one tennis junior varsity doubles team at the Del Norte. Casey enjoys reading, writing and taking care of her infant niece, Katie. She volunteers with the Youth Care Club, a fundraising group for Chinese children. “I am not familiar with Beatles music, but I’m looking forward to this new experience,” said Casey.

Julia placed first place in the H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition, an instrumental competition. Her hobbies are 3D animation and cross stitching. Julia hopes to attend medical school.

Takuma Maruo, a sophomore, has been playing the cello for five years. He performed for a musical festival in Luxembourg while in middle school. He plays with the school orchestra and performed for two years with the San Diego Youth Symphony. He plays water polo and swims on Del Norte’s junior varsity squads. Takuma hopes to attend UCSD or University of Washington and go to medical school.


The musical reenacts a scene with Paul McCartney playing "Yesterday" for the first time in studio for Beatles' producer George Martin, explaining that the song came to McCartney fully composed in his sleep and that he envisioned a string quartet accompaniment. During this scene, the quartet joins the musician portraying McCartney to perform the song.

In My Life gives the audience a chance to “be there” at pivotal moments in the extraordinary career of the Beatles - from Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, to the Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium’s 50,000 + screaming fans and their final live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corp offices. With manager Brian Epstein serving as Narrator, In My Life allows the audience to get a glimpse inside the world of the Beatles from their point of view.

Here's the deets: In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles performs at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 5 at 7:30 pm.

All regularly priced tickets are $10 off with the coupon code "beatles" through September 28 online at www.powaycenter.com or by phoning the box office at (858)748-0505. Tickets are regularly $20 - $35. The Poway Center is located at 15498 Espola Road in Poway 92064.

The show is family friendly.

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