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Pair pay tribute to crooners

The music of the Rat Pack era will return to the stage of the Paramount Theatre in Austin Oct. 26-27 with "Forever Crooners."

In this case, the crooners are saluted by Michael Veldman and Brian Bawek, who will showcase songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin during their Las Vegas shows of the late ’50s and early ’60s.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Tickets are $2, available at the Paramount box office, 125 Fourth Ave. N.E., Austin. For more information, call 434-0934.

‘Nutcracker’ auditions planned in Austin

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Moscow Ballet will hold auditions Oct. 26 in Austin for the upcoming production of the "Great Russian Nutcracker" at Rochester’s Mayo Civic Center.

The auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Acclaim Studio of Dance, 108 1/2 E. Oakland Ave. Applicants must have at least one year of ballet experience and be between the ages of 7 and 16. The audition will be conducted by Russian soloist Olga Gasnikova.

The "Great Russian Nutcracker" will be presented Dec. 6 in Rochester, featuring the local dancers alongside professional Russian dancers. For more information, call 434-0057.

Opera star to perform in Austin

Internationally acclaimed bass baritone Simon Estes will perform at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Estes, a native of Centerville, Iowa, and the grandson of a slave, attended the Juilliard School and made his debut in 1965 in "Aida" at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He has since had over 100 roles on major opera stages around the world. In 1985, he returned to Juilliard as a professor. He has endowed several scholarship programs for under-privileged youth.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door for adults, $5 in advance, $7 at the door for college students. Admission is free for K-12 students. Season tickets for four concerts are $30, $26 for seniors. New members can purchase season tickets for $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee in Austin and at the door of the concert.

The concert is in Knowlton Auditorium of Austin High School.

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