• Dr. Lavigne will be performing February 10 at Coco Jarry’s in Renfrew.

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February 1, 2012

See the doctor and friends in concert on February 10

An evening of beautiful violin music featuring a local doctor is planned for the evening at Coco Jarry’s in Renfrew, just before Valentine’s Day.

When he’s not caring for his patients, physician Dr. Ron Lavigne is usually found practicing his violin or piano. He plays regularly with the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Symphony in a number of different performances throughout the year.

He will be accompanied by fellow Pembroke Symphony members Marie Brydges on piano and violinist Emma March.

Brydges is a familiar musician among Renfrew residents as she has been playing and teaching piano for many years. The pair has entertained residents of the Bonnechere Manor together on numerous occasions.

Dr. Lavigne is proud to be featuring Pembroke native March as part of the trio during the Taste of Europe with Music to Match evening. He met March through the Pembroke Symphony and says she’s a true child prodigy.

“Emma’s amazingly talented,” he comments. Some may recognize her from her fiddling performance at last summer’s Ottawa Valley Bluegrass Festival in Horton.

There will be a mixture of traditional Irish fiddling tunes, gypsy-style rhapsodies, a few duets and some choice romantic medleys.

Dr. Lavigne’s musical training began at the Conservatory of Toronto and he finished it at McGill University in Montreal. He then made the decision to study medicine and has been practising in our community for more than 40 years. He continues to follow his passion for music in his spare time. For the past 30 years or so he had been playing jazz piano in Ottawa and took up violin again recently. He is a member of the Renfrew County Fiddlers.

The fundraising event on Saturday February 10 will help support the RVH Call to Action campaign, with half of the proceeds going towards the Digital Mammography Fund.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Lavigne, Marie and Emma have offered up their talents to support the hospital’s Call to Action initiative,” says RVH Foundation Director Barb Desilets. “What a perfect idea for a pre-Valentine’s night out featuring local musicians and a delicious dinner right here in town.”

Desilets also acknowledges Nick at Coco Jarry’s for providing the meal and contributing 50% of proceeds directly to the RVH Digital Mammography Fund.

The cost for the evening is $30 per person and includes dinner and the performance. Please contact Coco Jarry’s to make a reservation at (613) 432-3310.

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For more information please contact Barb Desilets, RVH Foundation Director of Development, 613-432-4851, ext. 263.

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