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Celebrate Local Talent to benefit music scholarship April 28

— This will be the first Celebrate Local Talent Concert for Upper Hudson Musical Arts. All six acts are volunteering their time and will perform for about 20 minutes each. A reception will be held after the concert.

The five other acts will be: classical guitarist Sten Isachsen; the violin duo of Devin Camp and Ryan McDonnell; singer/songwriter Katy Cole; classical pianist Don Preuninger; and the Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip, featuring Frank Conti on sax, Tony Jenkins on guitar, Greg Brown on string bass and Eric Hamell on drums.

Having local talent was important to organizers because they wanted to inspire school children to go into a musical profession, according to concert co-organizer and former Johnsburg Central music teacher Denise Conti.

“We felt we’d like them to see local students who are successful,” Conti said.

Conti was the vocal teacher for two of the concert’s artists — Heather Osowiecki and Katy Cole — and remembers seeing Brant Lake native Sten Isachsen perform at the Wevertown Community Center when he was a student. Conti’s husband, Frank, is the former Johnsburg Central band teacher and will be performing during the Celebrate Local Talent Concert.

“We’re hoping we’ll be able to fund a scholarship for the next three years with this concert,” Denise Conti said.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For advance tickets, contact Denise Conti at 251-3911 or Alan Chandler at 623-9843.

Forms for the Upper Hudson Musical Arts scholarship have been sent to guidance counselors at seven schools in the region: Johnsburg, Minerva, Newcomb, Long Lake, Indian Lake, Warrensburg and North Warren.

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