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March 22, 2013

Faith-based exhibits, music in Montreal

MONTREAL — Faith-inspired visits abound north of the border. 

Here are some upcoming museum and musical events at Montreal-area religious institutions.

RELIGIOUS ART

Musee des Hospitalieres de l’Hotel-Dieu de Montreal offers an intimate visit of medical artifacts and religious art of Montreal’s first hospital.

The permanent exhibit explores the work of Paul de Chomedey and Jeanne Mance, New France-era immigrants who helped establish Montreal’s first hospital and provide training for nuns who would work as nurses.

The current temporary exhibit, “From Metsys to Pellan: Artistic Treasures of the Hospitaller,” offers a rare look at some exquisite artifacts from the vast 20,000-piece collection of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph. On display are works by Montreal painter and church decorator Joseph-Charles Franchere and Quebec sculptor Alfred Laliberte.

Musee des Hospitalieres de l’Hotel-Dieu is at 201 Pine Ave. W. Admission costs $6 for adults. Call (514) 849-2919 or visit www.museedeshospitalieres.qc.ca for details.

BOURGEOYS MUSEUM

Old Montreal’s Notre Dame de Bon Secours Chapel and the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum offers an active chapel, a museum paying homage to Montreal’s first educator, special choral-music events and exhibitions, and an actual archaeological-dig site.

The ornate New France chapel dates to 1771 and is considered Montreal’s oldest. A choral concert — “Clavecin en Concert: Violas of Voix Humaines,” which offers a sampling of Dowland, Jenkins, Byrd, Hume and Taverner — is planned on Friday, April 12.

The Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum’s latest exhibition is “Drawing French America: Historical Illustrations of Francis Back.” Back was a Montreal artist who sketched and illustrated scenes of New France.

Admission to the museum costs $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for those 6 to 12 years old. The museum is at 400 St. Paul St. E. For more information, call (514) 282-8670 or visit www.marguerite-bourgeoys.com.

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