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Pagosa sisters ‘Strut Their Stuff’ this weekend

Two talented young ladies — sisters from Pagosa Springs — have been selected by audition to be part of a showcase of regional young talent with Strut Your Stuff: A Musical Showcase on Saturday, March 27, 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Violinist Zoe Rohrich, 14, and cellist Hannah Rohrich, 13, will both be playing selections by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Zoe, who has been studying the violin for just five years, will perform the first movement of Bach’s “Violin Concerto in E Major.”

Hannah, a three-year cello student, will present two short movements from “Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello.”

Both sisters are former students of local string instructor Kate Kelley and currently study at Fort Lewis College with violin professor Dr. Kasia Sokol and cello professor Dr. Katherine Jetter. Their parents are Matt and Tamsin Rohrich.

Both Zoe and Hannah have participated in Conservatory Music in the Mountains, a three-week summer program that fosters music training for string and piano students. Each of the girls began in the conservatory’s Kids with Strings Attached program and then moved up to the Concert Orchestra division which provided them with their initial orchestra experience. This year they both hope to participate in the Chamber Orchestra division.

“Strut Your Stuff” was launched originally in 2008 in a smaller venue by Music in the Mountains in order to help keep classical music alive with our youth. Taking it to the Community Concert Hall is a “next step,” introducing students to performance possibilities in a professional venue such as the Community Concert Hall. “Strut Your Stuff” features vocalists and instrumentalists, ages 8 to 18, selected by audition earlier this year.

The event celebrates National Music in the Schools month. Music education provides an environment in which kids discover their own creative voice. It’s where they learn about cooperation and how it feels to make real harmony. The Music in the Mountains Goes to School Program in Pagosa Springs began in 2001. Local students from elementary, middle and high school take part in a range of music programs.

Tickets for the Strut Your Stuff: A Musical Showcase are $10 and $8.50 for groups of three or more. Tickets are available at the Community Concert Hall Box Office on 7th and Main Avenue, the Festival Office at 1063 Main Avenue, www.durangoconcerts.com and www.musicinthemountains.com or by phone at 385-6820.

Music in the Mountains is a fully integrated festival of orchestra, chamber music and concurrent Conservatory programs and includes Music in the Mountains Goes to School. Southwest Colorado’s three-week festival of classical music, featuring world-renowned musicians, is preparing its 24th season overall and its ninth season in Pagosa with a series of concerts July 10 through Aug. 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.musicinthemountains.com.