“You never know what you’re going to get…” Camerata Nova is a vocal group without fear, performing Renaissance, contemporary, and Indigenous-infused music. Often singing a cappella, the group also enjoys innovative collaborations and accompaniment from all kinds of instruments and soundscapes. Since 1996, the group has continually accented the unusual, offering authentic early music performances, premières of Manitoba compositions, and an eclectic array in between. Camerata Nova has issued four CDs: Camerata Nova, Mystica, Nova Noël, and Camerata Nova Live: Christmas in Early America, as well as the DVD Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights). Camerata Nova is led by a group of extraordinary individuals: Artistic Director and Resident Composer Andrew Balfour, and Conductors/Curators Mel Braun, Vic Pankratz and John Wiens.
Date : Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 3pm
Venue: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (corner of Wardlaw and Nassau)
Curator/Conductor: Vic Pankratz
Enjoy beautiful carols from all parts of Europe arranged by people from all parts of Winnipeg! Christmas in the loving, inimitable style of Camerata Nova with guest electro-acoustic group, The Uncalled Four, and guest harpist Samantha Ballard. The magic, and the audience participation, continues…
As per tradition, we will have a Winnipeg Harvest collection.
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3 pm
Venue: Ukrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Avenue, corner of Pritchard and MacGregor)
Curators: Andrew Balfour Conductor: Mel Braun
Discover the beauty, intrigue, pride and sorrow of Canadian Indigenous music from pow wow songs to the personal song of an elder to leading-edge compositions. Taken is Camerata Nova’s contribution to the national truth and reconciliation initiative.
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3 pm
Venue: St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church (315 Munroe Avenue, at the corner of Brazier)
Curator/Conductor: John Wiens
To our great delight, John Wiens waves his magic wand over us again in 2017, offering contemplative a cappella early music at its finest – a perfect start to Easter week. Isolation features music and composers who express the depth and beauty of profound isolation, including zardoso, Josquin des Prés, White, Créquillon, Browne and not-so-early Balfour. Despite some of this music being over 400 years old, it all points to catharsis in our own moment in time.
We have made some changes to our creative team. Joining Andrew Balfour and Mel Braun is Vic Pankratz. Vic brings his creativity, experience and knowledge of choral repertoire to our group. You’ll get your first taste of his exciting output with Camerata Nova at Euro Nova. We also welcome the passionate and equally knowledgeable, John Wiens. Recently returned from Montréal, John replaces Ross Brownlee as our early music curator/conductor. John’s first concert with us was the masterful British Mysteries last April. More exceptional music-making can be expected next April with Isolation.
http://cameratanova.com/16/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo.png00Karine Beaudettehttp://cameratanova.com/16/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo.pngKarine Beaudette2016-09-13 22:14:372016-09-13 22:20:47New Curators/Conductors on the Roster
The internationally acclaimed group Ensemble Caprice invited Andrew to collaborate on a composition and perform in La Grande Gigue, a Métis-themed concert that they presented at the 14th Montreal Baroque Festival on June 24th. The experience was a major feather in Andrew’s cap and helped Camerata Nova get closer to the movers and shakers in the Montréal music scene. Andrew will be touring with Ensemble Caprice in 2017. If funding allows, it may be presented in Winnipeg… Stay tuned!
http://cameratanova.com/16/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo.png00Karine Beaudettehttp://cameratanova.com/16/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo.pngKarine Beaudette2016-09-13 22:11:182016-09-13 22:23:06Andrew Balfour at the Montreal Baroque Festival
A special performance of composer Andrew Balfour’s original work Take the Indian: A Vocal Reflection on Missing Children will be held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm. The evening will include a traditional ceremony and a panel discussion with Indigenous Elders and others.
Balfour, who is of Cree descent, created this moving piece about the dark legacy of Indian residential schools after attending hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Check out a blog posting, written by Balfour’s sister Shelagh for more on Andrew in her post ‘About Andrew, my brother“.
The CMHR has helped organize this event as part of its commitment to contribute to the national conversation about reconciliation in diverse and meaningful ways. Those who attend will receive a free Museum pass so they can explore The Witness Blanket, a powerful art installation made from 800 pieces of residential schools from all across Canada, before the exhibition closes on June 25.
http://cameratanova.com/16/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo.png00Matt Schellenberghttp://cameratanova.com/16/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo.pngMatt Schellenberg2016-05-25 12:40:372016-05-25 14:01:07'Take the Indian' at CMHR