‘Mozart to Metal’ showcases wide range of talent at Yampah High
Sonja Linman stood on the edge of the stage at the Blue Acacia Playhouse Tuesday trying to organize a group of four high school-aged guys with guitars, basses, drums and amps. Each boy fiddled with his guitar or amp or distortion pedal or one of the dozen cords strewn across the stage. One would get going in the right direction only long enough for another one to start to fiddle again. Linman whistled an amazingly loud whistle, organized, and the boys played. “We’re Ritalin,” said Tom Pillow, the band’s guitarist, after it had finished, “’cause everyone in our band except the drummer has ADD.”You don’t say. Pillow and Ritalin (or the Mike and the ADDers depending on which member of the band you ask) will play at the Blue Acacia Friday as part of Yampah Mountain High School’s “Mozart to Metal” show.Anyone with “any kind of musical talent,” can play in the show, said student Aaron Hughes. So can anyone with any kind of musical taste. Amadeus Falberg and Jake Wolfe will play Willie Dixon’s “Bring it on Home,” on guitar and harmonica. Keila Olave will sing “Pie Jesu” from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Requiem.” Hughes and Brett Tencza will play metal with their band, Kingdom of Snakes. Needless to say, it will be an eclectic evening. Trevor Paine and band mate Jack Rugile went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston for five weeks last summer. They play together in Stealth Practice. Nick Scher, a drummer rotating through five different groups of musicians for “Mozart to Metal,” is also planning on music school. Berklee is also at the top of his list. “Yampah is a place where students follow their passions,” said Linman, an advisor at Yampah and director of the school’s music program.”(Students) play what they want to and whatever makes them feel grand and great,” she said. It is hard not to smile and have a good time watching the kids perform. So whatever kind of music makes the kids feel good – whether it’s Mozart or metal – will also make the audience feel good. What: Mozart to MetalWhen: 7 p.m. FridayWhere: The Blue Acacia PlayhouseTickets: $5 donation at the door
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