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‘Heart and Soul’

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Keila Olave, 18, sings lead vocals on the operatic song "Oceano" during Yampah Mountain High School's spring concert rehearsal Wednesday at the Masonic Temple in Glenwood. The group put a rock 'n' roll touch on the opera song.
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Chelsea Scrivens, a sophomore at Yampah Mountain High School, will sing “It’s morning” at the school’s recital today. Scrivens is singing the song as something of a tribute to woman who wrote it – her mother.Scrivens’ mother, Tracy McLain, died in a car accident in Basalt in December. Scrivens has performed some of her mother’s music before, but usually in recitals her mother organized.”It’s originally kind of a country song, but we added acoustic guitar and piano,” Scrivens said.All of the pieces at tonight’s show hold some special meaning for their performers. While most of the songs are not the original compositions of beloved family members, students selected the pieces themselves and spent as long as a year preparing them.

Senior Keila Olave will perform her second Italian opera. But it’s not a typical Italian opera.A group of Yampah students spiced up Josh Groban’s “Oceano” with electric guitar, drums and a flute.”We added the metally stuff,” said Moriah Woods, who plays the flute. “We gave it that ‘Yampah touch.'”The “Yampah touch” takes over the stage at 7 p.m. today at the Blue Acacia Theater at the Masonic Temple in Glenwood Springs. Students will perform more than 20 eclectic musical numbers at the school’s annual music recital.Tickets are $10 (with a $20 suggested donation) and all proceeds benefit Yampah student Amanda Armijo, who was injured in a rock-climbing accident.

The Yampah show isn’t the typical high school music recital. Students will perform everything from a heavy metal Italian opera to a trombone solo of “Moon River.””The students picked all of their own music,” said Sonja Linman, the music instructor at Yampah. “It’s so awesome. Some of these kids have never been on stage before in their lives and some of them are going on to music school next year and are very accomplished musicians.”Linman said the proceeds from the recital usually supports the music program, but this year students decided to rally for Armijo instead.Some of the kids performing tonight are very talented, but never would have been involved in a recital at another high school.Gabriela Rivera, a senior, used to sing with a band and performed often throughout the valley. Then her band left the area and she had to stay for school. Although Rivera is a talented singer, she never sang with the choir at Glenwood Springs High School, where she went before attending Yampah.



Rivera will sing “My Immortal,” described as a soft pop rock song. She’ll be accompanied by the piano and a guitar.”This show is pretty good,” Rivera said. “There are some very talented people here and there’s a real variety of songs.”Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 945-8515 ext. 529ahmiller@postindependent.com


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