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Spokane Symphony Teams with Fab Four to Pay Tribute to the Beatles

Wednesday Apr 19, 2017 • Press Release

CONTACT:  Jane Cody 509-464-7074

SPOKANE— The Spokane Symphony and Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara performs the Beatles’ timeless hits with the Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four on Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The concert takes place 50 years after the release of the Beatle’s ground-breaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Spokane performance will feature Fab Four founding members Ron McNeil (John) and Ardy Sarraf (Paul), along with Douglas Couture (George) and Joseph Bologna (Ringo). They will be accompanied by the Symphony performing charts scored by orchestrator Wendell Kelly.             

The California-based tribute band, who won an Emmy Award for their PBS special The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute (2012), has made a name for itself playing note for note renditions of hits from The Beatles’ songbook and for their attention to precise detail during their performances. They will perform a selection of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude.” The show will cover the entire span of the Beatles’ career and include three costume changes, from Beatle suits to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band style uniforms to the hippy outfits of the late 60s.

About the Band

Ron McNeil as John Lennon — Ron has performed all around the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Argentina, and in front of an audience of 30,000 in Brazil. In Malaysia, he was invited to play for the Prime Minister in a special performance. His ability to capture the look and sound of Lennon led to his selection to play numerous shows promoting The Beatles Anthology video release by Turner Home Entertainment.

Ardy Sarraf as Paul McCartney — Critically acclaimed Paul McCartney impersonator Sarraf has toured extensively around the world, portraying a youthful Paul in places as diverse as Japan, Korea, Guam, and Puerto Rico. In addition, he has appeared on stage with such artists as Bruce Springsteen; Micky Dolenz and John Fogerty. His left-handed bass playing and "record accurate" vocals has won him first place in numerous Beatlefest sound-alike contests, and, like McCartney, he plays piano on various songs, including “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be.”

Douglas Couture as George Harrison — Doug started playing guitar at 10 years old, and began playing professionally when he was 23. Although Doug had success with his original work as a singer-songwriter-multi instrumentalist, he has always been enamored with the Beatles songbook, and has traveled the world playing the part of the quiet Beatle. His channeling of the light, love and spirit of George has captivated audiences all over the country. Doug was raised in Michigan, later moving to Chicago where he presently resides

Joseph Bologna as Ringo Starr — A native of Detroit, Michigan, Joe formed his first band by the age of 13 and went on to play with a number of Detroit area bands, ranging from punk/alternative to classic rock and southern gospel. He also loved the Beatles, performing in several local Beatles tributes. Since that time, Joe has become one of the top Ringo Starr impersonators in the world, touring the United States, South America, Europe and the Far East. Joe has also performed on major television shows such as Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres show, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and for the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. This versatile musician plays drums, bass, keyboards and guitar, and is a successful songwriter.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available in advance at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.spokanesymphony.org or at all TicketsWest outlets.

This concert is sponsored by Frank Knott, Dr. Francisco R. & Mary J. Velázquez and Tony & Mary Lou Bonanzino.

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