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Local youth orchestra holding auditions

Ages 10-20, especially wind instrumentalists, encouraged to apply

A young musicians orchestra that made its Pleasanton debut at a fundraiser for arts in the schools is holding tryouts this weekend, March 18-19.

Orchestra Gradus ad Parnassum, which received a warm reception by the community at the benefit concert held last month by Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council at the Amador Theater, is accepting applications from symphonic instrumental players ages 10-20. Wind instrument players are eligible for scholarships.

"The orchestra is known for its unique artistic approach and innovative programs containing symphonic, oratorio, opera, operetta and contemporary music," artistic director Temirzhan Yerzhanov said.

The youth orchestra, which is in its second season, is led by Yerzhanov and music director Imant Airea and is fiscally sponsored by the nonprofit SocialGood Fund.

Auditions will take place at the San Ramon Music and Fine Art School, 12901 Alcosta Blvd., Suite 2C, in San Ramon. For more information and application forms, visit www.gradusap.org.

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