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State of the Arts: Champlain Valley Fair, VTO Chorus, Vermont Mozart Festival, Burlington City Arts'

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Speaking of calls to artists, the Champlain Valley Fair is looking for talent of the musical kind for its locals-only stage during the 10-day extravaganza from August 25 to September 3. In addition to bands and soloists, dance groups and magicians are encouraged to apply. Info at http://www.cvexpo.org . . .

The brand-new VYO Chorus, the vocal cousin to the youth orchestra, has announced both its first director, Jeff Buettner (pronounced bit-ner), and its auditions for members, scheduled for September 8 at Elley-Long Music Center. Info, http://www.vyo.org or 655-5030 . . .

The Vermont Mozart Festival also touts something new: an assistant artistic director, in the person of Allen Blustine. A longtime performer with the festival, Blustine will lend a hand to Artistic Director Melvin Kaplan . . .

Burlington City Arts' Main Street Median project, reported by Seven Days in the July 18 issue, has announced the winner of its design competition. Burlington-based landscape architecture firm H. Keith Wagner Partnership presented an imaginative solution to the weedy median strip by the University of Vermont, one that will literally light the way to the city. Stay tuned . . .

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