Es­tria Wood­wind Quin­tet Presents

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Fri­dayFe­bru­ary 6th will see the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Au­tumn Ge­nius se­ries be­ing pre­sented by the Es­tria Quin­tet, the Up­lands Cul­tural and Her­itage Cen­tre and UUEstrie Church. This se­ries of six con­fer­ence-con­certs, which is free for se­niors, is a trib­ute to ma­ture ge­nius and fea­tures com­posers and per­form­ers who have made sig­nif­i­cant artis­tic con­tri­bu­tions at a later age. Two pre­sen­ta­tions will be given of each event: the first at 11 am at UU Estrie Church in North Hat­ley (fol­lowed by a light lunch in the church’s hall down­stairs) and the sec­ond at 3 pm at the Up­lands Cul­tural and Her­itage Cen­tre in Len­noxville (fol­lowed by an af­ter­noon tea). Any­one who wants to at­tend ei­ther pre­sen­ta­tion MUST book in ad­vance as places are very limited.

On Fe­bru­ary 6th, Dr. Ross Os­mun (Bishop’s Univer­sity) will present (in English) two world renowned pi­anists : Arthur Ru­bin­stein and Vladimir Horowitz. Ru­bin­stein re­tired from the stage at age 89 and Horowitz com­pleted his last record­ing at the age of 86. In ad­di­tion to pre­sent­ing th­ese two spec­tac­u­lar per­form­ers, Dr. Os­mun will be per­form­ing some of the reper­toire that they helped to make fa­mous, namely Frédérik Chopin’s Mazurka opus 17 no. 4 and the Bal­lade in G mi­nor. Other dates of the se­ries are March 6th, April 10th, May 1st and June 5th. Reser­va­tions with Pauline Far­ru­gia at 819-842-1072 or es­tria@cgo­ca­ble.ca

Flu­idApps di­rec­tor

There­ceiv­ing his $10,000 grant from CLD pres­i­dent

Cen­tre lo­cal de de­vel­oppe­ment (CLD) of the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Magog Technopole, has given a grant of $10,000 to Flu­idApps from their Fonds des tech­nolo­gies de l’in­for­ma­tion et des com­mu­ni­ca­tions (Fonds TIC).

Founded in 2014, Flu­idApps spe­cial­izes in the de­vel­op­ment of com­puter ap­pli­ca­tions that help or­ga­ni­za­tions with their fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. “We thank the CLD and Magog Technopole for this fi­nan­cial support which will help us with the start-up of our business,” said Pa­trick Ma­honey, gen­eral di­rec­tor of Flu­idApps. “This support will also al­low us to un­der­take pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties to make our ap­pli­ca­tion known to po­ten­tial users like or­ga­niz­ers of sport­ing events.”

“This business per­fectly il­lus­trates the way in which tech­nol­ogy and so­cial me­dia can be used ad­vis­edly to profit hu­man­i­tar­ian causes,” said Vicki May Hamm, mayor of Magog and the pres­i­dent of the CLD Mem­phrem­a­gog. “I am con­vinced that the ex­pe­ri­ence of pro­mot­ers in or­ga­niz­ing events, no­tably sport­ing events, will be at an ad­van­tage when an­swer­ing the needs of their clients. Be­sides the Mem­phrem­a­gog Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, other or­ga­ni­za­tions will have ac­cess to the ser­vices of Flu­idApps in our re­gion and else­where in Que­bec,” she added.

Dr. Ross Os­mun

Orig­i­nally from Wind­sor On­tario, pi­anist and mu­sic pro­fes­sor Ross Os­mun holds de­grees from the Univer­sity of Wind­sor, Royal Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic and the pres­ti­gious East­man School of Mu­sic. His prin­ci­ple teach­ers were Dr. E. G. But­ler (Wind­sor) and Pro­fes­sor Barry Sny­der. (East­man) He has per­formed na­tion­ally as recital­ist, ac­com­pa­nist and cham­ber mu­si­cian with im­por­tant de­buts in Cal­gary, Banff, Regina, Win­nipeg, Thun­der Bay, Toronto, Que­bec City and Char­lot­te­town. In­ter­na­tional en­gage­ments in­clude those in the United States (Detroit, Ann Ar­bor, Wash­ing­ton D.C., Eu­gene Ore­gon and New York City) as well as those in France, Ser­bia, Ger­many, Aus­tria and Rus­sia. Dr. Os­mun teaches a wide range of cour­ses in­clud­ing Pi­ano Lit­er­a­ture, Rus­sian Mu­sic, Mu­sic The­ory and Film Mu­sic as well as of­fer­ing in­di­vid­ual pi­ano in­struc­tion. In 2008, he re­ceived the Hu­man­i­ties Teach­ing Award in recog­ni­tion of his ef­fec­tive teach­ing and ded­i­ca­tion to the stu­dent body. He has guest lec­tured across Canada and in­ter­na­tion­ally in Spain, Ger­many, Aus­tria and Ser­bia. He has also been fea­tured in recital on CBC Ra­dio-Canada with Win­nipeg-born so­prano Melinda Enns.

Presently, he re­sides in Sher­brooke Que­bec with his wife and their two chil­dren. Be­fore ar­riv­ing at Bishop’s, Dr. Os­mun held teach­ing po­si­tions at the East­man School of Mu­sic and the Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Photo cour­tesy

Pa­trick Ma­honey Vicki May Hamm.

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