Gallery Concert Series starts this weekend

The 2008-2009 season begins for the Gallery Concert Series with a blockbuster commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Fergus, in a program of Scottish music and verse, put together by Leslie Marshall and his talented friends.

The concert takes place Sept. 21 at 2pm at the Well­ington County Museum Ex­hibition Hall. Tickets are available at the door the day of the concert.

The non-profit music series has offered six successful concerts a season since 1988.

On Sept. 21 the participating art­ists will be singers Margaret McKenzie-Leighton (soprano), Larry Sug­den (tenor), and John Liefeld (bass); and instrumentalists Anne Monkhouse (flute), Lois Cherry and Grace Peters (piano), Jay Samuel and Ruth Balyta (violin), Ron Dolyn­chuk (violin and viola), and Justin St. Maurice (cello). Readers will be Linda Marshall and Earl Riener.

The program will include a mixture of Scottish traditional and folk tunes, Scots-related classical selections, songs, and readings, all presented in the intimate setting of the exhibition hall of the museum.

The audience will be surrounded by  paintings hung for the new exhibition County­wide, opening Sept. 13. It features works by Scott Abbot, Nan Hogg, Leslie Miles, Janet Ollers, and Laura Coutts. Entry to all exhibits of the museum is included in the price of the ticket. Children and youth are welcome.

Stay after the concert for complementary refreshments with friends and an opportunity to talk to the performers.

The next concert in the series takes place Oct. 26 at 2pm.

Submitted by Beverley Cairns