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Raymond Harvey, who was associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 1983 to 1986, recently scored a major triumph in San Antonio, Texas. Called on very short notice to replace an indisposed maestro with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Harvey came away with raves from both San Antonio papers. He inherited a program consisting of the Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Benjamin Britten's vocal/choral "Spring Symphony," acquitting himself so well that one of the San Antonio critics wished out loud that he might take over the local orchestra permanently. Harvey is now in his fifth year as music director of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony Orchestra.

Auditions

The Paul Robeson Theatre will audition for "The Meeting," a drama by Jeff Stetson about a fictional meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday in the African-American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. Director Paul Parker needs black males between ages 12 and 40. For an appointment, call 884-2013.

The South Buffalo Theater will audition for the Peter Colley thriller "I'll Be Back Before Midnight," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the theater, Precinct 15 Building, 2219 South Park at Okell. Director Barbara Wojcik needs two men and two women, mid-20s and older, for February play dates. For information, call 894-9792.

The Lancaster-Depew Community Theatre will audition for "Vanities," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. Director Ron Pokorski needs three actresses for a March production. For information, call 681-1969 after 6 p.m.

Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church seeks an alto principal singer for its 16-voice chancel choir. The choir rehearses Thursday evenings, and sings at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Applicants need not be soloists, but must sight-read well and be able to carry the part independently. For an audition, call Charlotte Roederer at 886-6635 or 837-4984.

Area artists

"Films for Music for Film," the suite of films by Buffalo filmmaker Lawrence F. Brose, has been accepted to the Rotterdam International Film Festival for showing Jan. 30 and Feb. 1. "Films for Music for Film" premiered at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in April in conjunction with the North American New Music Festival.

Buffalo's Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Duo has been selected as one of only nine recipients of Solo Recital Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for 1991. The duo's award of $7,500 was granted in support of their repertory focusing on the influence of dance in American recital music for two guitars. The grant also anticipates recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., Aspen and Tanglewood.

Soprano Maria Fortuna of Niagara Falls was recently named a winner in the San Francisco District Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, with which she has sung in "Khovanshchina," "Suor Angelica" and "Rigoletto." Ms. Fortuna also won the Institute for International Education's International Vocal Competition Award, which provides funding for an audition tour in Europe. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fortuna of Niagara Falls.

Michael Long, associate professor of music history at the University at Buffalo, was awarded the Albert Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society. The award is presented annually for the most significant article by a young scholar in the field of musicology. Long received the award for a piece titled "Symbol and Ritual in Josquin's 'Missa Di Dadi,' " published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Winners in the Williamsville Art Society Holiday Show are Ranjoo Herr, best of show; Helen Carmichael and Tootie Stark, first and second prize, oils; Barbara Goodhue Legler and Diana Schnall Smith, first and second prize, watercolors; Lisa Dudley and Pat Roberts, first and second prize, mixed media and other. The show will remain on display through Dec. 28 in the Village Center Gallery, 5500 Main St., Williamsville.

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