E-Piano Junior Competition Final

Tuesday: It starts with "virtual auditions." Young classical pianists (17 and under) from around the world submit recordings of themselves playing a Disklavier, a high-tech player piano. The five finalists who survive the jury scrutiny and recital eliminators in the Twin Cities will each play a concerto movement with the Minnesota Orchestra in front of a live audience at Orchestra Hall on Tuesday evening. With free admission, this is an ideal opportunity to scout the rising generation of international piano talent. (7 p.m. June 16, Orchestra Hall, 11th St. and Nicollet Mall, Mpls. Free. Info at www.piano-e-competition.com.)


Thursday-Friday: The Minnesota Sinfonia kicks off its summer schedule of outdoor events with two concerts, both featuring St. Paul-based guitarist Tony Hauser playing Vivaldi and his own flamenco-tinged piece, "Alegrias." A dash of Dvorak and Haydn's "Drumroll" Symphony are the other items, and with program notes online at www.mnsinfonia.org, you can read about the music beforehand. The Sinfonia, a professional outfit, welcomes children and young people to its concerts, all of which are free. So here's a perfect way for families to share an early summer musical outing. (7 p.m. June 18, Lake Phalen Regional Park, 1615 Phalen Dr., St. Paul; 7:30 p.m. June 19, Lake Harriet Band Shell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy, Mpls. Free.)


Thursday: It started with a convivial evening of domestic music-making at the home of retired trumpet Prof. Jim Olcott last October, and morphed into this 30-strong ensemble. The group plays a wide repertoire, from Gabriel and Albinoni to Leroy Anderson and Count Basie, and gives its inaugural concert this week. Tuba, euphonium and timpani have been added to beef up the textures, but it's the sound of two dozen trumpeters that will set the rafters resonating. (7:30 p.m. June 18, Normandale Community College, 9700 France Av. S., Bloomington. Free.)

Terry Blain