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The Edmonton Youth Orchestra completes its season with flair performing with the 30th Northern Alberta Concerto Competition winners.

The EYO’s 150 classically trained musicians will perform at the Winspear Centre tomorrow afternoon alongside featured horn player Estelle Frank, harpist Jia Jia Yong and cellist Mendelle Robles.

Conducted by St. Albert’s Michael Massey, Robles plays excerpts from Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major; Frank performs Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major and Jong tackles Concerto for Harp and Strings.

The EYO intermediate youth orchestra and the senior youth orchestra take on an additional three challenging compositions. They include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Debussy’s Petite Suite and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9.

Tickets are $10 to $15. Call 780-420-1757, purchase online at www.tixonthesquare.ca, and are also available at the door.

Marc Ladouceur certainly gets around. He was just playing at LB’s Pub this past Thursday and tonight, along with Anna Sommerville, he’s the concert opener for Lost and Found.

This popular bluegrass band has been rambling across North America since 1973, singin’ up a storm with bass player Allen Mills’ timeless songwriting.

Mills is the only original member left. Standing by his side is Scottie Sparks (guitar), Ronald Smith (banjo) and Scot Napier (mandolin).

Tickets range from $10 to $20. The concert is at Stencel Hall, Taylor College and Seminary, 11525 – 23 Ave. Show starts at 8 p.m.

One of the interesting facets of Mark Ammar’s Tuesday Open Stage is that although some artists are invited back again and again, there’s never the same combination of blues artists.

Like a well-mixed cocktail, this coming Tuesday Ammar blends the talents of Rob Kaup, Jared Sowan and Rick Shott. Sowan, originally from Swan River First Nation in Kinuso was honoured at the 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Awards in the categories Best Blues Album and Best Male Artist for his debut album Eclectically Yours.

His repertoire encompasses blues, gospel, rock and country and he sings about the human condition of happiness and love, loss and sadness.

Shott instead hails from just down the road at Lac La Biche, and has been playing guitar and bass professionally for 20 years. A musician of indiscriminate variety, Shott’s musical style bends towards blues, country, rock and metal and he is currently playing in some of Sowan’s projects. “He has a great guitar tone and bit,” says host Mark Ammar.

Kaup, a multi-instrumentalist of some renown, has played with a long list of bands ranging from country and metal to blues and rock. While this group of collaborators is too extensive to list, Kaup’s musical philosophy aspires to combine “love, soul and wisdom to create honest and creative music.”

The open stage is at LB’s Pub this coming Tuesday starting at 9 p.m. No cover.

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