Camerata Nova is a vocal group without fear, performing medieval, Renaissance, contemporary and Aboriginal-infused music. Often singing a cappella, the group also enjoys accompaniment from didgeridoos, crystal bowls, strings, all kinds of percussion, and/or early instruments. Since 1996, they've continued to push the envelope, offering authentic early music performances, premieres of Manitoba compositions and an eclectic array in between. Camerata Nova is led by a quartet of extraordinary individuals: Artistic Director and Resident Composer Andrew Balfour, and Music Directors Mel Braun and Ross Brownlee.
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
Curators: Andrew Balfour and Mel Braun 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.
Concert Supporter: Manitoba Hydro
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.
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