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Talented young musicians compete each year in the Nashoba Youth Orchestra's Annual Concerto Competition. And this year's contest, held in January in Westford, resulted in a tie for first place shared by three young men.

The winners, Richard Kaminuma and Jonathan Chen, who played Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, and Matthew Gagnon, playing the Vivaldi Concerto for Cello in C (Do) minor, will perform their winning entries with the NYO Sinfonia Strings Orchestra as part of the larger orchestra's Spring Concert program.

The concert takes place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, King Street, Littleton.

"We are delighted to provide competitions for our orchestra members," said Roberta McGuire, managing director of the orchestra, in a press release. "It is a way for eligible musicians who wish to participate to receive an extra challenge and learn from the experience."

The judges were impressed with the high caliber of playing, noted Kenneth Culver, NYO board president.

All three winners are ninth graders, Kaminuma at Chelmsford High School and Chen and Gagnon at Westford Academy. All three play in their high school orchestras as well as NYO.

The orchestra was founded in 2004 by a group of professional musicians, music educators, performers and parents with a vision for a high-quality youth orchestra in the Nashoba Valley region.

Tickets are $10, adults; students, 18 and under free at door. Visit www.nashobayouthorchestra for concert and audition information.



MRT SEASON REVISION: Merrimack Repertory Theatre artistic director Charles Tower has announced a change in plays for the 2013-2014 season. Lanford Wilson's classic American love story "Tally's Folley" will replace "The Immigrant." The revised schedule opens with "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, Sept. 19-Oct. 13 and continues with "Mrs. Mannerly" by Jeffrey Hatcher, Oct. 24-Nov. 17; Stella and Lou by Bruce Graham, Nov. 29-Dec. 22; "Equally Divided" by Ronald Harwood, Jan. 9-Feb. 2; "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith," Feb. 13-March 9; "Tally's Folley" by Lanford Wilson, March 20-April 13; "The Reduced Shakespeare Company in the Complete History of Comedy" (abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, April 24-May 18. Visit or call 978-654-4678 for info.

FREE PERFORMANCES: Fort Point Theatre Channel presents free workshops performances of "The Land," a new play by Jessica Litwak with Amir al-Azraki, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 16-17, and at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at 10 Channel Center St., Fort Point, Boston. The play, a tragicomedy about two dead soldiers, one from Iraq and one from the U.S. and how they reconcile their lives and are motivated to peace in the afterlife, is the first collaborative script developed between U.S. and Iraqi theater artists. or 617-750-8900 for info.

AT A.R.T.: The American Repertory Theatre, Brattle Street, Cambridge opens its 2013-2014 season with "All The Way" by Robert Schenkkan in September in the Loeb Drama Center. Other shows include "The Heart of Robin Hood" by David Farr, December in the Loeb; "The Light Princess," a family show for the holidays with book by Lila Rose Kaplan and music and lyrics by Mike Pettry, December; "Witness Uganda," world premiere musical by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, February in the Loeb; "The Shape She Makes" by Susan Misner and Jonathan Bernstein, April in Oberon; "The Tempest," adapted by Aaron Posner and Teller of Penn and Teller, May in the Loeb. Visit for details and specific dates.

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