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Musicians are invited to participate in the Sixth Annual National Blues Amateur Talent Contest of the National Blues Connection Association. The contest will be held Sept. 1 to 3 in Memphis, Tenn. The grand prize includes the B.B. King/Lucille Award, a recording package with Malaco Records and participation in the 10th annual "Blues Music Awards Show." For a contest application and eligibility guidelines, write National Blues Connection Association, 352 Beale St., Memphis, Tenn. 38103 or call (901) 527-BLUE.

Auditions

Auditions for actors, dancers singers, musicians and crew for the Amherst Youth Board summer musical, "Kiss Me Kate," will be held June 5 to 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Williamsville North High School, Hopkins and Dodge roads. Singers should bring own music, dancers should dress for dancing, and all participants must be under 21 years old, a resident of Amherst or a student at Amherst, Sweet Home or Williamsville schools. August performances are planned.

The Four Seasons Players of Lockport will audition for the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors" on Saturday at 1 p.m. and next Sunday at 6:30 p.m in the Senior Citizen Center Extension Building, Lockport. Director Tony Busch needs three men and four women, plus a chorus and backstage technicians, for August play dates in the Kenan Center Taylor Theatre. Call 439-4111.

Apex Productions will audition for a director and actors for an original stage play to be produced July 12 to 14 at Studio Arena Theatre. Resumes should be sent to Apex Productions, P.O. Box 58, Buffalo, N.Y. 14205-0058.

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Erika Shrauger, a Clarence native and 1989 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, recently was named winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Young Artist Concerto Competition. She will appear as clarinet soloist with the orchestra in April 1989.

Seventeen-year-old Aimee Phelan, a student of Maris Battaglia of the American Academy of Ballet, has received an offer to join the trainee program of the Joffrey Ballet School. Phelan also has received a scholarship to the Chautauqua Institute Dance Program.

American Academy of Ballet student Ruth Newman received scholarships to the Houston Ballet, Hartford Ballet and Chautauqua School of Dance. Also accepted at the Chautauqua School were fellow students Sasha Alley, Leslie Smolen and Megan Kane.

Those dancers, along with Heather Shanks and Ann Pollock, also were accepted in the Joffrey Summer Dance Program.

Kenmore watercolorist Mark Stack has had his painting "French Fries" accepted into the 11th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, scheduled for September in Allentown, Pa.

Sculptor Tony Paterson has been selected to exhibit his work in the 1989 National Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, N.Y., through July 11.
The Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County will host a free seminar on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Arts Council offices, 700 Main St., for individuals interested in applying to the New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship Program. Application deadlines range from Sept. 5 through Oct. 2. For reservations call 856-7520.
Sound Safari, a 60-minute program composed by Glenn Williams for the blind or poorly sighted, is the third title from Sound Adventures, the music publishing program of the Mather Homestead of Wellsville. Sound Safari takes the listener through zoos and parks in search of unexpected conversations, exotic and familiar instruments, and the elements. For information about the tape and the Mather Homestead, write Sound Adventures, P.O. Box 531, Wellsville, N.Y. 14895.

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