The Four Corners most promising young musicians will forever change the image of the youth talent show Saturday night at the fourth annual Strut Your Stuff musical showcase.
Presented by Music in the Mountains, Strut Your Stuff is a collection of 20 acts representing about 40 musicians.
These are the cream of the crop of the region, each having passed an audition to be included on the bill.
This is not a middle school talent show, and there wont be any of those awkward moments when you feel compelled to applaud to protect a childs fragile ego. These kids will earn every clap.
The first Strut Your Stuff was launched jointly in 2008 by Music in the Mountains and the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. It is open to vocalists and instrumentalists ages 8 to 18 who are serious students of music. The professional-style show provides a place for the students to discover their creative voices, learn cooperation and create musical harmony.
Its rare for kids to have the thrilling experience of performing in a professional venue such as the Community Concert Hall. Even those that audition and dont make the final cut benefit from being on the big stage, said Angie Beach, Music in the Mountains program and education manager.
The Music in the Mountains Goes to School program coordinated the student auditions.
The showcase also is an important fundraiser for the Goes to School program, which is designed to introduce young people to music and to enhance the instructional level of music teachers and education programs.
The program brought more than 20 personalized workshops to Durango School District 9-R elementary and middle schools last year and assists students with music lesson scholarships and loaned instruments.
In all, Goes to School serves more than 5,000 students in seven school districts and four counties throughout the year.