(Xavier) François Vézina. Master painter, bassoonist, clarinetist, conductor, b Quebec City 10 May 1812, d there 12 Feb 1891. As early as 1836 he was a clarinetist (and bassoonist?) in the ensemble which was to become the Musique Canadienne
, and he had previously been in an ensemble which existed for five or six months in 1831. He was a member also of the Orchestre Sauvageau, which he conducted 1850-60, succeeding the Sauvageau
brothers Charles and Benjamin. His son François (b 1844) was the godson of Charles Sauvageau. Another son, Ulric, became a bassist in the Société symphonique de Québec (Quebec Symphony Orchestra
See also (François) Joseph Vézina (his son).
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