Local musician wins prestigious award before returning home for concert

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On November 25th, tenor Marcel d'Entremont of Merigomish won the 2018-2019 Wirth Vocal Prize at McGill University in front of an enthusiastic audience and a four-person jury.

Alongside collaborative pianist Dakota Scott-Digout from Barrington, Nova Scotia, Marcel's program included works by Verdi, Duparc, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Quilter and Copland. Established in 2015 by philanthropist Elizabeth Wirth, the Wirth Vocal Prize includes a cash award of $25,000, which is the highest music award offered at a Canadian university, a 14-karat Wirth Prize lapel pin, a private consultation with Marie-Catherine Lapointe from Boulevart Artists’ Management, a concert performance at La Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal on April 25, 2019, as well as a concert performance in the Richard Bradshaw Theatre at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto in the fall of 2019.

On December 20th, Marcel and Dakota will be joined by soprano Brenna Conrad, a soloist at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, for a holiday concert, “Christmas at the Square”, at the Glasgow Square Theatre. Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50 and can be purchased online at www.glasgowsquare.com, or by calling Gerald at: 902-926-2020.