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Three groups to play at Youth Symphony recital on Sunday

East Grand Forks pianist Emily Custer will be guest soloist at 3 p.m. Sunday during the fall recital of the Greater Grand Forks Youth Orchestra Program at Empire Arts Center, a program that will feature musicians in three age groups.

East Grand Forks pianist Emily Custer will be guest soloist at 3 p.m. Sunday during the fall recital of the Greater Grand Forks Youth Orchestra Program at Empire Arts Center, a program that will feature musicians in three age groups.

Custer, the winner of the Page Towne Award at the symphony's Young Artist Competition last year, will play the first movement of Robert Schumann's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor.

Now a freshman at North Dakota State University, Custer has played piano for 15 years and has won many awards in composition and performance. Before leaving for college, she played violin in the Youth Symphony and also played with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.

Four young violinists and a cellist will have featured roles in the Youth Symphony's second concert piece, Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in B minor for Four Violins and Orchestra. Ben Sun and Jonathan Peterson, Grand Forks; Christopher Laue, East Grand Forks; and Max Wolpert, Crookston; will play violins with Tessa Holmes, Grand Forks, on cello. The ensemble will be conducted by Alejandro Drago, director of strings at UND Department of Music.

A second ensemble, the Greater Grand Forks Junior Symphony, will feature strings players in middle school conducted by Val Buchmeier, a bass player in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony and orchestra director at Crookston High School.

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The recital will include the first performance of a new ensemble, Sinfonetta, directed by violist Ligia Feo de Drago. Sinfonetta is an introductory ensemble of violinists, violists and cellists in elementary school.

Tickets -- $10 for adults, $5 for students to age 22 and free for children younger than 12 -- are available online at www.ggfso.org or at the door beginning one hour before performance. Info: (701) 777-3359.

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