Jefferson High School Orchestra Director
Adin Vallier (Violin I)
David Rodriguez (Violin II)
Gawhara Escobedo (Viola)
Spencer Roberts (Cello)
Interviews with quartet members arranged by contacting Nagle or Murphy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2019
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STRING QUARTER TO JOIN
INTERNATIONALLY TOURING ABBA TRIBUTE SHOW
LAFAYETTE, IN (10/28/2019) In Europe, South Africa, and Australia, audiences went crazy for The ABBA Show, a tribute act with the slick pop sounds of Sweden’s most famous export since Volvos, fish-shaped candies and Ikea. The ABBA Show is now spreading stateside, bringing their harmonies to the Long Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, November 8. The Lafayette Jefferson High School String Quartet will join the professional musicians on stage to lend some local talent to this high energy homage to one of the world's most beloved pop groups of the '70s. The cast of The ABBA Show are Marie-Claire Marshall ("Anni-Frid Lyngstad"), Julianne Ruck ("Agnetha Faltskog"), Andy Marshall ("Bjorn Ulvaeus"), Robert Gonzalez ("Benny Andersson"), Michael Gonzalez ("Rutger Gunnarsson"), and Gustavo Pereza ("Ola Brunkert").
From “Dancing Queen” to “Mamma Mia,” “SOS” and beyond, The ABBA Show brings something different to every infectious piece of pop perfection, replete with a live backing band, fabulous costume changes, and tightly choreographed dance routines. They’ll even teach the audience a few simple dance moves so you can groove along too at this spectacular concert in Lafayette.
Jefferson High School senior Adin Vallier and juniors David Rodriguez, Gawhara Escobedo and Spencer Roberts will join the cast for "Honey Honey," "If It Wasn't For the Night," and "Slipping Through My Fingers." Quartet members perform with prestigious local ensembles, including the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. The musicians consistently receive Gold level ratings at Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Festivals. “I think ‘Honey Honey’ is my favorite song because I really love the Mama Mia film,” Gawhara said. “My mom is a huge fan so I am pretty familiar with ABBA’s music. ‘Honey Honey’ would be my favorite if I had to choose one,” said Spencer.
The producers of The ABBA Show approached JHS Orchestra Director Patrick Murphy looking for a talented ensemble of high school students which could hold their own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly reaches out to local high school orchestras, making donations to their school music programs in exchange for student participation.
Brighten up your fall with some of the catchiest music ever written as The ABBA Show brings a lavish tribute to the Swedish pop icons to the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 - $65 and may be purchased by phone at (765) 742-5664 ext 1, at the Theatre Box Office or online at
. Box Office Hours are Monday-Friday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm. The Long Center is located at 111 North Sixth Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. The show is appropriate for all ages.