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Arts council puts on classical singing workshop

Classical singers of all ages can audition for an 11-week educational workshop program that culminates with a performance of scenes from musical theater, opera and operetta.

The “A Tempo” workshop is sponsored by the Nevada County Arts Council in conjunction with Miners Foundry Cultural Center and professional voice instructor Maeve Fry.



Fifteen workshop participants will be chosen from those who audition Sept. 23 at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 212 Spring St., Nevada City.

Auditions are by appointment only from 6 to 9 p.m. Previous formal training is required.




Call Fry at 273-0902 to arrange an audition time. Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.

The audition is free, but the 11-week workshop and the performance cost $110.

Rehearsals will begin Oct. 21, with the performance Jan. 27 at the Foundry.

St. Joseph’s Art Show

and Competition expands

The second annual St. Joseph’s Art Show and Competition on Sept. 28 has been expanded to include cash prizes for three categories.

The show is in conjunction with the ARTwalk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Grass Valley.

A total of $1,000 in prizes will be given for best of show in painting, photography and sculpture categories, along with a people’s choice award.

Artists may submit up to three pieces. The entry fee is $50, with $10 per additional piece. Discounts apply for californiaartwalk.com members.

Call Martin Butler at 477-5021 or type in http://www.californiaartwalk.com for more information about the art show or ARTwalk.

David Osborn remembered

A memorial gathering for David Sayles Osborn will be Sunday at Miners Foundry.

Osborn, who died Feb. 10, helped preserve several historic buildings in Nevada City and co-founded the American Victorian Museum with Charles Woods. The two supported, sponsored, or created many cultural events in Nevada County, including the annual Teddy Bear Convention, which celebrated its 19th anniversary in April at the Foundry.

“Old friends of David’s are invited to come on Sunday,” Woods said. “David didn’t like speeches so there will just be a few. It’ll be low-key with lots of his old favorites performing, such as Jonathan Meredith, Jim Lowe, Beverly Marks and Felix Racelis.”

Sunday’s gathering will be from 2 to 5 p.m. A 15-minute video of Osborn and Woods’ Nevada County activities going back to 1957 will be shown. For more information, call Woods at 265-5804.

– Carol Feineman

Back Stage appears weekly in Prospector. Call in comments and art news: 477-4232.


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