Con­cert of the Year nom­i­nees and gallery open­ing at the Osprey

Baroque Quar­tet and Paint­ings by Mal­colm Bruce

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The Mon­treal quar­tet “En­sem­ble Les Songes” per­forms at the Osprey Arts Cen­tre in Shel­burne on Fri­day, Oct. 19. And just be­fore they take the stage, the Osprey will host an art gallery open­ing in the lobby of paint­ings by the late Mal­colm Bruce start­ing at 6:30 pm.

En­sem­ble Les Songes earned a ‘Con­cert of the Year’ nom­i­na­tion at the Prix Opus in the me­dieval, Re­nais­sance, Baroque mu­sic cat­e­gory for the pro­gram they’ll play at the Osprey.

Join­ing so­prano Sa­man­tha Louis-Jean is Vin­cent Lauzer on the recorder, the cel­list Camille Pa­que­tte‐Roy and harp­si­chordist Mélisande McNab­ney.

Brought to­gether by friend­ship, these four dy­namic young per­form­ers share a pas­sion for the Baroque reper­toire. In 2015 and 2016, Les Songes criss­crossed Canada, per­form­ing their pro­gram ‘Alma In­namorata,’ with two ‘Con­cert of the Year’ nom­i­nees En­sem­ble Les Songes from Mon­treal per­form at the Osprey in Shel­burne on Fri­day, Oct. 19, pre­ceded by a gallery open­ing of works by Mal­colm Bruce start­ing 6:30 pm.

tours pre­sented by the Je­unesses Mu­si­cales Canada.

Les Songes have per­formed in the Clavecin en Con­cert and La Dauphine con­cert se­ries, at the Bourgie Hall and the Chapelle his­torique du Bon¬-Pas­teur, as well as the In­ter­na­tional Baroque Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Lamèque. Their con­cert Agi­tata was recorded and

broad­cast by CBC ICI Musique.

This is the sixth of seven con­certs in the Osprey’s 2018 Peri­win­kle Se­ries. For those who have been col­lect­ing stamps on their Peri­win­kle card, this may be the one that gets them to the four stamps re­quired to en­ter to win din­ner for two at the Quar­ter­deck in Sum­merville.


At 6:30 p.m., just be­fore Les Songes takes the stage, the Osprey will host a free art open­ing in its Lobby Gallery of works by Mal­colm Bruce.

Born in 1933 at his grand­par­ents’ farm in Mel­bourne, Yar­mouth County, Bruce grew up in Shel­burne. He prac­ticed

fam­ily medicine for twenty years in Ot­tawa be­fore re­turn­ing to Shel­burne where he prac­ticed his spe­cialty, psy­chother­apy, un­til re­tir­ing. He died in 2016.

Bruce painted most of his life and left be­hind a large num­ber of works. While in Ot­tawa, he ad­vanced his paint­ing skills by tak­ing cour­ses at the Ot­tawa School of Art.

On ex­hibit and for sale in this show is a group of oil and acrylic paint­ings that re­flect one of Mal­colm’s favourite places in the Ot­tawa area, the Gatineau Hills, as well as back home in Shel­burne County.


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