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June 13, 2013

Around Cape Ann: Temple set to host 'Pharaoh's Daughter':

Call it “the Middle East meets Hasidic Brooklyn.”

That’s the description of a unique musical event that’s called the Pharaoh’s Daughter concert. And it’s scheduled for a week from tonight — June 20 — at 7 p.m. at Temple Ahavat Achim at 86 Middle St. in Gloucester.

The program features a blend of music from the United States through Arab lands to India, China, and beyond.

Lead singer Basya Schechter has cultivated the group’s distinctive sound through her extensive travel. Her music combines Middle Eastern instruments such as the oud and the saz with western percussion, flute and strings to offer a rich and original sound.

Pharaoh’s Daughter has toured all over the world, including stages such as Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Admission is $10/TAA member and $15 for general admission. For more information call Natalia at 978- 281-0739 or visit www.taagloucester.org.

That Pharaoh’s Daughter concert may not be until next week, but there are many other events on the Cape Ann arts and entertainment calendar this weekend as well:

‘Livin’ on Luck returns

The band Livin’ on Luck makes a return appearance at Giuseppe’s Restaurant, Blackburn Tavern Building in Gloucester on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The band is made up of Rockport residents Ann (vocals) and Tom O’Donnell (guitar and vocals); and Marblehead’s Josh Bevans (bass); and Lexington’s Robert Cedrone (guitar and vocals).

The band has had years of experience playing classic rock tunes in the Boston area. The performance is free.

Youth orchestra auditions

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will hold auditions on Saturday for the 2013-2014 concert season.

Musicians who are not available on that date can be accommodated for an alternate time during the summer.

Music students from throughout the region are invited to register to audition for any of its ensembles: symphony orchestra for high school, wind ensemble for advanced wind players, intermezzo orchestra for middle school, overture and prelude orchestras for elementary and middle school string players, junior flute choir for middle school, flute choir for high school flutists and select flute choir for advanced high school flutists.

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