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Thank you for your commitment to Camerata Nova as a subscriber, casual ticket holder, donor, scholarship recipient, singer, volunteer, advertiser, socials follower, guest artist, and friend. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Although we’ve cancelled three concerts this year and remain at a social distance for now, we are very much looking to presenting live music again once restrictions have lifted.

For Camerata Nova, there have been serious silver linings to Covid. It has led us to explore video productions and build new on-line audiences. We invite you to watch our experimental videos and keep your eyes open for new content coming your way!

As thrilling as these videos are to create, they do not generate revenue. We are grateful to the on-going support of funding agencies, key foundations, and you, who are keeping us alive in a year of turmoil.

We need your support more than ever – not just to survive, but to grow, re-invent ourselves and contribute to our community.

Traditionally, the funds generated from our annual appeal go to our Northern Manitoba Music Access Program, in which our musicians travel to musically underserved communities. This year, your donation will go towards another meaningful component of our Music Access program that offers shared experiences to children, youth, seniors, and/or those living with disabilities.

Once it is safe to present live performances again, we plan to provide free concert admission to these under-supported audiences and others who might not have the resources to otherwise attend or have been impacted by social isolation due to the pandemic. Your donation in will ensure that all in our community can reconnect soon and share in the joy and beauty of a live choral concert!

In the meantime, watch the videos, and keep checking our website for any updated content and other surprises. We miss you, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021! 

You can support the choir safely and securely with a tax-deductible donation anytime throughout the year

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Andrew Balfour performs Notinikew with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim, The Globe and Mail

Composer Andrew Balfour, is the founder and artistic director of Camerata Nova.
AARON VINCENT ELKAIM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

On Wednesday, November 11, Camerata Nova’s Artistic Director, Andrew Balfour, is lending his talents to an inspiring Remembrance Day performance with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. The program offers a Choral Perspective of Canada’s Indigenous Veterans and welcomes Andrew as the guest curator, as well as longtime Camerata Nova collaborator, cellist, and composer Cris Derkson.

The program will reflect on the Indigenous experience through music, dance and poetry, and is centred around Andrew’s choral drama, Notinikew (Going to War). Movements of the work will be sung by Andrew’s Winnipeg-based Camerata Nova and by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Andrew says of this choral drama:

Notinikew is an anti-war piece, an indigenous identity piece – a tragedy that speaks not just about World War I, but all wars and all indigenous soldiers. Why did these Indigenous warriors leave our forests and plains to enter a totally foreign military world and end up fighting in the midst of a true hell on earth?

The concert is a FREE event and will be featured via Livestream at 8:00 p.m. EST. Find out more about the program and performers on the event poster or concert webpage.

Learn the story behind Andrew’s Notinikew here.

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Camerata Nova finds new inspiration during pandemic

Choristers Mike Thompson and Scott Reimer at a recent recording session at the St. Norbert Arts Centre (SNAC)

The popular Winnipeg choral ensemble, separated from each other and their audiences by COVID-19, is using new methods to connect and share music

There’s never been a year quite like 2020. For musicians around the world, the arrival of COVID-19 met that their performance schedules suddenly emptied. However, in the wake of shutdowns, quarantines, and social distancing, musicians have taken their shows to social media, providing much-needed levity during an otherwise serious time. Winnipeg’s Camerata Nova, especially, proves that the show must go on.

The popular choral ensemble is a musical institution in Winnipeg is known as much for its gorgeous arrangements of classical works as it is for its concerts featuring new Indigenous and contemporary music. The group, founded in 1996, features a number of Desautels Faculty of Music graduates and employees, and performs in venues across the city, ranging from churches to concert halls to bars, and has produced four albums. With their anticipated spring and fall 2020 seasons suddenly canceled, Camerata Nova sought to find new ways to collaborate during the pandemic, and bring music to their dedicated audiences. Fortunately, their members have a talent for more than just music, and made the transition with ease – turning to videos to bring music into our homes.

Read the rest of the story at UM Today News

View our current recording projects below!

 

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El Grillo – Pandemic Recording

EL GRILLO

“El Grillo” (The Cricket) is the second instalment in a trio of early-music pandemic recordings we’ve been working on.

“The cricket is a good singer, a steadfast wooer. When the weather gets hot, he sings non-stop about love”. So says Josquin Des Prés in “El Grillo” (The Cricket), his “summer hit” frottola from the Summer of 1499.

What can we learn from the cricket? There he is, experiencing a pandemic’s worth of loneliness, yet nothing stops him from singing. Sure, it may be the same song over and over again, but if he varies it just a little by changing up his voice or trying new languages and styles, he might just manage to attract some “company”. The cricket is clearly an optimist. Be more like the cricket! Stay steadfast, be creative, and above all, keep singing!

Translation:
The cricket is a good singer, who can hold a long note.
Give him a drink so that he can keep singing.
He doesn’t do what the other birds do.
After they’ve sung a bit, they go elsewhere.
The cricket stays put and when the weather is the hottest,
He sings solely for love.

Credits:

Mel Braun – Music director
Matt Knight – Georgian Cricket
Justin Odwak – Italian Cricket
Dan Rochegood – German Cricket
Scott Reimer – Nashville Cricket
Roland Deschambault – Video and photography
Phil Deschambault – Sound recording and mixing, video editing 

Music in this video: El Grillo (Italian frottola) by Josquin Des Prés, 1499

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EL GRILLO 

« El Grillo » (Le grillon) est le deuxième d’un trio d’enregistrements de musique ancienne sur lequel nous avons travaillé pendant la pandémie.

« Le grillon est un bon chanteur, un séducteur acharné. Quand il fait chaud, il chante l’amour sans arrêt. » C’est ce que dit Josquin Des Prés dans « El Grillo » (Le grillon), son frottola à succès de l’été 1499.

Que peut-on apprendre du grillon (criquet)? Il est là, vivant une solitude digne d’une pandémie, mais rien ne l’empêche de chanter. Bien sûr, il chante la même chanson encore et encore, mais s’il la modifie un peu en changeant son timbre de voix ou en essayant de nouvelles langues et de nouveaux styles, il pourrait bien réussir à attirer de la « compagnie ». De toute évidence, le criquet est un optimiste. Soyez davantage comme le criquet! Faites preuve de constance, de créativité et surtout, continuez à chanter!

Traduction :
Le grillon est un bon chanteur, qui peut tenir une note longtemps.
Donnez-lui un verre pour qu’il puisse continuer à chanter.
Il ne fait pas ce que font les oiseaux.
Après avoir chanté un peu, ils vont ailleurs.
Le grillon reste sur place et quand il fait très chaud,
Il chante uniquement par amour.

Générique:

Mel Braun – directeur musical
Matt Knight – grillon géorgien
Justin Odwak – grillon italien
Dan Rochegood – grillon allemand
Scott Reimer – grillon de Nashville
Roland Deschambault – vidéographie et photographie
Phil Deschambault – enregistrement et mixage sonore, édition vidéo 

Music dans cette vidéo : El Grillo (frottola italienne) par Josquin Des Prés, 1499

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Vecchie letrose – Camerata Nova featuring Raine Hamilton and Tori Sparks

This Neapolitan Villanesca from 1545 tears a strip off all the old gossips who hang about the plaza with nothing better to do than yap all day long at the expense of others. Sound familiar?

Translation:
Nasty old gossips, good for nothing except to yap, yap, yap in the plaza,
Flying off, Flying off, Flying off the handle.
Nasty old gossips, cantankerous and crazy.

Mel Braun – Music director
Raine Hamilton – Voice/Fiddle
Tori Sparks – Percussion
Matt Knight – Mandolin
Mike Thompson – Didg
Sarah Sommer – Soprano
Donnalynn Grills – Alto
Justin Odwak – Tenor
Matt Knight – Bass
Al Schroeder, Scott Reimer, Dan Rochegood – F Drones
Roland Deschambault – Video and photography
Phil Deschambault – Sound recording and mixing, video editing

Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Camerata Nova, performs early, contemporary and Indigenous-infused vocal chamber concerts for local and national audiences, offering excellence, experimentation and collaboration. We express the Prairie urban reality while giving our audiences the opportunity to learn about and experience early music. We work to build engagement both within our group and with the community. Camerata Nova is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization. http://cameratanova.com/16/

Music in this video: Vecchie letrose (Neapolitan Villanesca) by Adrian Willaert, 1545

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VECCHIE LETROSE – CAMERATA NOVA AVEC RAINE HAMILTON ET TORI SPARKS

Cette villanesca napolitaine de 1545 s’en prend à toutes les vieilles commères qui traînent sur la place sans rien de mieux à faire que de jacasser toute la journée aux dépens des autres.  Cela vous semble familier?

Traduction :

De vilaines commères, bonnes à rien sauf à jacasser sur la place,
S’emportent et sortent de leurs gonds.
Des commères méchantes, grincheuses et folles.

Mel Braun – directeur musical
Raine Hamilton – voix/violon
Tori Sparks – percussion
Matt Knight – mandoline
Mike Thompson – didgeridou
Sarah Sommer – soprano
Donnalynn Grills – alto
Justin Odwak – ténor
Matt Knight – basse
Al Schroeder, Scott Reimer, Dan Rochegood – bourdons en F
Roland Deschambault – vidéo et photographie
Phil Deschambault – enregistrement sonore et mixage, montage vidéo

Camerata Nova, de Winnipeg, au Manitoba, présente des concerts de musique ancienne, contemporaine et d’inspiration autochtone pour des auditoires locaux et nationaux, offrant excellence, expérimentation et collaboration. Nous exprimons la réalité urbaine des Prairies, tout en donnant à nos auditoires l’occasion d’en apprendre davantage sur la musique ancienne et d’en faire l’expérience. Nous travaillons à susciter l’engagement au sein de notre groupe et dans la collectivité. cameratanova.com

Music dans cette vidéo : Vecchie letrose (Villanesca napolitaine) par Adrian Willaert, 1545

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Run To the Hills Choral Arrangement

I first heard Iron Maiden’s Run to the Hills back in the early 80’s as a young teenager. At the time I was deeply immersed in the heavy metal scene, buying Judas Priest, AC/DC and Iron Maiden albums every allowance day. I remember back then being impressed how a bunch of white English rockers could write a song so poignant about the harsh reality of colonialism. I’ve been thinking of doing a choral cover of this song for several years. At the beginning of the virus lockdown, stuck in a small apartment in Toronto, I thought of this song again and started to write it out. It is sort of a tongue and cheek project, but also kind of poignant in the recent times. Stay safe, and if not, Run to the hills!! – Andrew Balfour, Composer, CNova Artistic Director

J’ai entendu la chanson Run to the Hills (Courez vers les collines) d’Iron Maiden pour la première fois au début des années 1980 alors que j’étais un jeune adolescent. À l’époque, j’étais très intéressé à la musique heavy metal, et j’achetais des albums de Judas Priest, AC/DC ou Iron Maiden tous les jours où je recevais de l’argent de poche. Je me souviens qu’à l’époque, j’étais impressionné qu’une bande de rockers anglais blancs pouvait écrire une chanson aussi poignante sur la dure réalité du colonialisme. Je pense à faire une reprise chorale de cette chanson depuis plusieurs années. Au début de la période de confinement due au virus, coincé dans un petit appartement à Toronto, j’ai repensé à cette chanson et j’ai commencé à l’écrire. C’est un projet un peu ironique, mais aussi assez poignant pendant cette période. Restez en sécurité, et sinon, courez vers les collines! – Andrew Balfour, compositeur, directeur artistique de CNova

Andrew Balfour/Mel Braun – Arrangers
Andrew Balfour – Lead Vocal
Merina Dobson Perry – Soprano
Angela Neufeld – Alto/Bells
Vic Pankratz – Tenor/Boomwackers
Mel Braun – Baritone/Wolf calls
Matthew Knight  – Bass/Georgian guitar (panduri)
Roland Deschambault – Video and photography
Sara Roque – Video of Andrew Balfour
Kristi Sinclair – Audio of Andrew Balfour
Phil Deschambault – Sound recording and mixing, video editing

Music in this video
Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden
Writers – Steve Harris

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An update from Camerata Nova / des nouvelles de Camerata Nova

Captive concert postponed until further notice

In early April, we let you, our subscribers and ticket buyers, know that our May 2020 performance of Captive had been rescheduled to September 2020. This decision was made in accordance with the provincial public health guidelines for COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of both audience members and singers.

We have watched carefully as the provincial guidelines and overall situation have evolved and come to the recognition that the likelihood of a September concert is limited. Accordingly, we have decided to postpone our Captive concert.

If you have already purchased ticket(s) to this concert, we would like to offer you a refund on your ticket(s).  If you would consider donating your ticket(s) back to us,  we would be happy to provide a charitable receipt.

Thank you for your support and understanding. Stay safe, and we look forward to presenting this special concert for you some time in the future.

Please feel free to contact us at info@cameratanova.com

An update on our 2020-2021 Season

Alongside the postponement of Captive, we have also made the difficult decision to delay the start of our 2020-2021 season until January 2021.

Stay tuned, however, as we explore new, creative means of delivering a quality musical experience. Follow us on our socials and keep an eye on email updates as well as our website for some exciting new content.

Our planned concert for this fall – which was to be a celebration of baroque music – promises to become even bigger and better with some collaborative plans for the 2021 – 2022 season!

Video footage from our Fallen (Notinikew) concert

Poni pimacisiwin (the end of living) was written by Andrew Balfour for our Fallen concert. Notinikew featured Andrew, Cris Derksen, Cory Campbell, and the Winnipeg Boys Choir, and was the second in our Reconciliation concert series. Read more about Andrew Balfour and see all videos from the concert HERE

Trip to Churchill raffle update

For those who purchased raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a trip to Churchill, sponsored by Calm Air,  or an Inuit carving, the draw will be made at Camerata Nova’s Saturday, June 27, 2020 Board meeting and the results will be posted on social media immediately after. Please note that Calm Air has generously extended the travel timeline until November 2021 to accommodate the winner, given the current travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

9 Questions

Andrew Balfour surrounded by some of the things taking up his time in self-isolation

Self-isolation has given us all a chance to do a little reading, watch some TV, home clean-up, and perhaps take on a new or existing hobby. The answers to these nine questions will give you an idea of how some of the folks in Camerata Nova have spent this time. Enjoy! Take me to 9 Questions

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What have you missed most by being shut down these last few months? A hug from a child? Laughter over a meal with friends? Perhaps it was the joy of listening to live music from Camerata Nova?

We miss our audiences. With current programming cancellations, our revenues are also suffering. If you are at all able to, please consider making a donation to support us through these extraordinary times via CanadaHelps. Each donated dollar during the month of June goes towards an opportunity for Camerata Nova to win $20,000 through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you at the next concert!

One quick question

By purchasing a ticket to a concert or donating to our organization, you’ve supported the immense work it takes to put on such collaborative, fearless productions. Thank you for being a part of our community of arts lovers. Your interest is keeping Winnipeg’s choral music community vibrant and adventurous, even during these challenging times.

Please take a moment to complete the short survey below. We’d love to get a better sense on how we can serve you better. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

LE CONCERT « CAPTIVE » REPORTÉ JUSQU’À NOUVEL ORDRE

Au début avril, nous vous avons fait savoir, à vous nos abonnés et acheteurs de billets, que notre représentation de Captive de mai 2020 allait être reportée à septembre 2020. Cette décision avait été prise conformément aux directives provinciales de santé publique pour la COVID-19 afin de garantir la santé et la sécurité des spectateurs et des chanteurs.

Nous avons observé attentivement l’évolution des directives provinciales et de la situation générale et avons constaté que la probabilité d’un concert en septembre est limitée. En conséquence, nous avons décidé de reporter à nouveau notre concert Captive.

Si vous avez déjà acheté un ou plusieurs billets pour ce concert, nous vous offrons un remboursement sur votre ou vos billets. Si vous envisagez de nous faire don de votre (vos) billet(s), nous serions heureux de vous fournir un reçu pour don de bienfaisance.

Nous vous remercions de votre soutien et de votre compréhension. Portez-vous bien et nous espérons vous présenter ce concert spécial dans le futur.

N’hésitez pas à nous contacter à l’adresse suivante : info@cameratanova.com.

LE POINT SUR NOTRE SAISON 2020-2021

En parallèle au report de Captive, nous avons également pris la difficile décision de reporter le début de notre saison 2020-2021 à janvier 2021.

Restez cependant à l’écoute, car nous explorons de nouveaux moyens créatifs pour offrir une expérience musicale de qualité. Suivez-nous sur nos réseaux sociaux et gardez un œil sur les mises à jour par courriel ainsi que sur notre site Web pour découvrir de nouveaux contenus passionnants.

Notre concert prévu pour cet automne – qui devait être une célébration de la musique baroque – promet de prendre de l’ampleur et de devenir encore meilleur avec quelques projets de collaboration pour la saison 2021-2022!

IMAGES VIDÉO DE NOTRE CONCERT FALLEN (NOTINIKEW)

La pièce Poni pimacisiwin (la fin de la vie) a été écrite par Andrew Balfour pour notre concert Fallen. Notinikew, avec Andrew, Cris Derksen, Cory Campbell et le Winnipeg Boys’ Choir, était le deuxième concert de notre série sur la réconciliation. Pour en savoir plus sur Andrew Balfour et voir toutes les vidéos du concert, cliquez ICI.

LE POINT SUR LE TIRAGE DU VOYAGE À CHURCHILL

Pour ceux et celles qui ont acheté des billets pour avoir la possibilité de gagner un voyage à Churchill, commandité par Calm Air, ou une sculpture inuite, le tirage au sort sera effectué lors de la réunion du conseil d’administration de Camerata Nova du samedi 27 juin 2020 et les résultats seront publiés sur les médias sociaux immédiatement après. Veuillez noter que Calm Air a généreusement prolongé le délai de voyage jusqu’en novembre 2021 pour accommoder le gagnant ou la gagnante, étant donné les restrictions actuelles de voyage dues à la COVID-19.

9 QUESTIONS

Andrew Balfour entouré de certaines des choses qui occupent son temps pendant son isolement.

L’auto-isolement nous a donné à tous et à toutes la possibilité de faire un peu de lecture, de regarder la télévision, de faire le ménage et peut-être d’adopter un nouveau passe-temps ou d’en retrouver un. Les réponses à ces neuf questions vous donneront une idée de la façon dont certains membres de Camerata Nova ont passé ce temps. Amusez-vous! Allez aux 9 questions

CANADAHELPS

Qu’est-ce qui vous a le plus manqué pendant l’isolement des derniers mois? Le câlin d’un enfant? Les rires autour d’un repas entre amis? Peut-être la joie d’écouter de la musique en direct de Camerata Nova?

Notre public nous manque. Avec les annulations de la programmation actuelle, nos revenus en souffrent également. Si vous en êtes capable, veuillez envisager de faire un don pour nous aider à traverser cette période extraordinaire via CanaDon. Chaque dollar donné au cours du mois de juin donne la possibilité à Camerata Nova la chance de gagner 20 000 $ dans le cadre du Grand défi caritatif canadien. Merci et au plaisir de vous voir au prochain concert!

UNE PETITE QUESTION

En achetant un billet pour un concert ou en faisant un don à notre organisation, vous soutenez l’immense travail qu’exige la réalisation de nos productions collaboratives et audacieuses. Merci de faire partie de notre communauté d’amateurs et d’amatrices d’art. Votre intérêt fait en sorte que la communauté de la musique chorale de Winnipeg peut rester dynamique et aventureuse, même en ces temps difficiles.

Veuillez prendre un moment pour remplir le court sondage ci-dessous. Nous aimerions avoir une meilleure idée de la façon dont nous pouvons mieux vous servir. Merci du fond du cœur!

9 Questions

Self-isolation has given us a chance to do a little reading, watch some TV, home clean-up, and perhaps take on a new or existing hobby. The answers to these nine questions will give you an idea of how the the folks in Camerata Nova have spent this time. Enjoy!

Andrew surrounded by some of the things taking up his time in self-isolation

Andrew Balfour
Artistic director/composer in residence

Where are you and who are you spending isolation time with? In Toronto with my beautiful partner, Sara.

What’s on your reading list? Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis and Brother by David Chariandy. Two brilliant books, after 15 dogs, I’ll never look at at dogs the same way.

Current binge-watching recommendations? Ozark (dark but intense), Waco (great acting and writing), Spy (Sasha Baron Cohen is an amazing dark actor), The Last Dance (about the Chicago Bull and Michael Jordan)

Guilty pleasure binge-watch recommendations? Old hockey games, Curb Your Enthusiasm (still one of the funniest shows ever!!). Tiger King (NOT)

New skills and hobbies? Definitely cooking skills have gone up, dish washing, cleaning the fridge every week.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art: Composing music, novel writing.

What was the first LP/cassette/CD/eight track you ever bought with your own money? Probably a Canadian Brass album, and Screaming for Vengeance by Judas Priest. (both blew my mind.)

What three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party? J.S. Bach, Keith Richards, Rasputin, what a dinner that would be!

What will live performance look like after COVID-19? The classical world will be a very different reality in the next few years, I doubt there will be a choral concert season next year. People have already come up with some very creative ideas online, but you really can’t reproduce the concert experience live with choirs. Organizations are going to lose quite a bit of money, and some probably will have to go under. I think large organizations, symphonies, opera companies, ballets, will all have to come with ways to make money for their large payrolls, but will probably have to cut jobs to survive. And artists travelling will probably be off the table for the next year or two. This is all unknown territory for everybody, but I wish all in the arts world the best and hope that we can find ways to collaborate more in the future, that is is what we will need to do.

John surrounded by some of the things keeping him busy

John Wiens
Conductor, Artistic Director of Polycoro Chamber Choir, Director of Music at St. John’s Anglican Church, Elora, ON

Where are you and who are you spending isolation time with? With my family in Fergus, ON

What’s on your reading list? The Pathetick Musician by Haynes and Burgess, The Weapons of rhetoric by Tarling. Rhetoric is the backbone of all early music, and it is often responsible for many choices those composers make. One can *never* study it enough. And the Brahms Requiem – a hopeful preparation for a future performance.

Current binge-watching recommendations? I love TV, but I’m trying hard not to watch right now.

Guilty pleasure binge-watch recommendations? Monty Python’s flying circus. Faulty Towers. Life of Brian. Kids in the Hall. I think sketch comedy is much funnier than standup comedy, and I find myself gravitating back to those things.

New skills and hobbies? I’m playing the guitar much more often than I have in the past decade. Its fun to come back to.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art. Josquin’s Deo Gratias for 32 voices is as close the voice of god as we will get in this lifetime.

What was the first LP/cassette/CD/eight track you ever bought with your own money? It was a cassette. It was a compilation of pop music from the 80s. I can’t remember what it was called, but I can tell you what was on it. Rick Astley, Salt n Pepa, etc etc. I didn’t know anything about popular culture, and living in Morden didn’t give me many chances to get to know it, so this tape was a big deal.

What three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party? Carl Reiner, George Clooney, Stompin’ Tom Connors

What will live performance look like after COVID-19? It depends entirely on the public. Personally, I plan to go out to more concerts rather than fewer. This staying at home stuff is not for me.

Roland surrounded by some of the things keeping him busy while at home

Roland Deschambault
Executive Director

Where are you and who are you spending isolation time with? At home in Winnipeg, MB with my wife, Angela.

What’s on your reading list? Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin and Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars and follow-up The River.

Current binge-watching recommendations? Happy Valley, The Bridge (Bron/Broen), Sherlock

Guilty pleasure binge-watch recommendations? Survivor (all seasons)

New skills and hobbies? Leather crafting

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art. Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History

What was the first LP/cassette/CD/eight track you ever bought with your own money? Aha’s Hunting High and Low

What three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party? My all-Canadian dinner would include Sidney Crosby, Malcolm Gladwell, and Wayne Gretzky. I’d love to hear what Gladwell gets out of them outside of canned hockey talk.

What will live performance look like after COVID-19? Not a whole lot for quite some time but with some creative thinking we could be in for some incredible art.

Sandi surrounded by some of the things keeping her busy

Sandi Mielitz
Past President, Camerata Nova, lover of the arts

Where are you and who are you spending isolation time with? Home with my husband – a happy hermit living with a caged tigress…?

What’s on your reading list? A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles, The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Current binge-watching recommendations? Babylon Berlin, Peaky Blinders, Occupied

Guilty pleasure binge-watch recommendations? Met Opera Free Streaming – nothing like gorging on Wagner!!

New skills and hobbies? Zoom, theology course

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art. Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul, Britten’s Cello Suites, Velasquez’ royal portraits, Franz Cline and Mark Rothko paintings, Gould’s Goldberg Variations

What was the first LP/cassette/CD/eight track you ever bought with your own money? The Messiah – I was a nerdy kid…now I’m a nerdy old person…

What three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party? Jesus, Benjamin Britten and writer/philosopher Simone Weill – what the heck is belief and the human role in the universe?

What will live performance look like after COVID-19? On-line creativity will take off but, at the same time, there will be a powerful, renewed appreciation for the vulnerability, sensitivity and fragility of live performance!

Vic Pankratz is one of the directors of Camerata Nova and director of choirs at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate

Where are you and who are you spending isolation time with?
I am at home and isolating with my wife Kathy.

What’s on your reading list?
Peter Robinson’s Careless Love, the Laurie R. Holmes and Russell series, Patrick DeWitt’s Under Major Domo and Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers. I love fiction and murder mystery books and I love Malcolm Gladwell.

Current binge-watching recommendations? Bosch, Schitt’s Creek, Homeland

Guilty pleasure binge-watch recommendations? I am embarrassed to say I just watched the entire season of Formula 1 Drive to Survive. The amount of money and resources that go into making this “sport” happen are so against what I believe in. So I thought I would watch one show and the speed and danger sucked me in. I still think this racing should not be allowed.

New skills and hobbies? I am having a blast learning to play the guitar. I was loaned a beautiful electric and it has been so much fun.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art: Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast series is brilliant. I also love the art of Manitoba artist Don McMaster

What was the first LP/cassette/CD/eight track you ever bought with your own money? Haha. I think it was something like Razamanaz by Nazareth. Around 1973.

What three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party? Mohandas K. Gandhi to talk about what nonviolent resistance would look like today, here in Canada. Malcolm Gladwell because he is awesome and part Mennonite. And finally I would invite the great American conductor Robert Shaw. After working with him on three different projects I always wanted to learn more about what made him so passionate.

What will live performance look like after COVID-19? This is a tough one. On-line performances just don’t have the power of a live performance. I have to believe that at some point we will get back to singing and making music for each other. There is nothing else like it.

Mel Braun Conductor and Music Committee member; Professor, University of Manitoba

Where are you and who are you spending isolation time with? With my wife Lynne, daughter Emma,
and dog Toby, seeing our other kids Micah and Maddie from time to time.

What’s on your reading list? An inveterate reader of mysteries, I’ve been reading all my favourites, particularly digging into a box of books that my librarian sister Connie, who lives in Calgary, sent my
way last week….what a lovely surprise that was. Craig Johnson, Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo, Ian Rankin, Ake Larsson, and Patricia Connolly are some of the Mystery authors I’ve been gobbling up. I’ve also got Virginia Woolf, Kate Atkinson, and bio of Willie Nelson awaiting perusal. I make almost daily trips to the little library kiosk in our neighbourhood to either drop off a book or find a used one that someone has left.

Current binge-watching recommendations? I’ve been enjoying a bunch of the Netflix offerings from Iceland, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Poland, and Israel. I particularly like the ones that have subtitles so that you can hear these actors at work in their own language. Currently I’m well into an Israeli/Arab series, Fauda. Another recent favourite was Unorthodox.

Guilty pleasure binge-watch recommendations? Anything thriller-ish or mystery-ish. Like reading mysteries, I love the puzzle-solving aspect of these shows. Also, how could I forget the recent reruns of the Toronto Raptors Championship run and that Jets/Nashville series from 2017. I SO miss hockey!!!
New skills and hobbies? Same old, same old….running, reading, doing puzzles, doing crosswords, cooking, composing, and practicing Schubert’s Die WInterreise.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art: B Minor Mass by Bach, any of the Mozart opera ensembles, Schubert’s songs, Gerald Finzi’s “Earth, Air, and Rain” song cycle, Beatles Revolver and Abbey Road, CSNY “Deja vu”, and Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”.

What was the first LP/cassette/CD/eight track you ever bought with your own money? It was a toss- up between Mozart’s Requiem and the Guess Who American Woman album.

What three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party?
Rembrandt, Bach, and Dickens is a start, but it could just as easily be Hildegard of Bingen, Mozart’s wife Constanze, and Dustin Byfuglien. I’d enjoy the varying points of view on art, politics, and life.

What will live performance look like after COVID-19? The big question indeed…no doubt there will be a ton more online content, especially as online platforms develop to help us figure out how to do real- time ensemble performances. I imagine there will also be a lot more video-ed performances streamed or broadcast on the Net. The thing about musicians, though, is that they need proximity to riff off of each other, and I for one am waiting to get back into the live rehearsal/performance paradigm…..it’s hard to exchange energy and vibrations electronically. It will take some time for audiences to loosen the social distancing protocols that we’ve so quickly gotten used to, so we’ll all have to be extremely creative about how we use our performance spaces….trust the arts community to figure this out, though…right now, the world needs us artists more than ever.


Anne Janes, Chair, Board of Directors, Camerata Nova; Treasury Board Analyst, Government of Manitoba

Where are you and who are you spending isolation time with? At home with my husband Chris.

What’s on your reading list? Harry Hole crime novels by Joe Nesbo – because they are great reads and take my mind away from everything else. That and whatever is on deck for my book club.

Current binge-watching recommendations? Valhalla Murders, Trapped, Bosch, Schitt’s Creek.

Guilty pleasure binge-watch recommendations? CSI SVU.

New skills and hobbies? Sewing a patchwork quilt, building a lasagna garden – for pleasure and food.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art: The Garden of Earthly Delights – Hieronymus Bosch or The Triumph of Death – Pieter Bruegel.

What was the first LP/cassette/CD/eight track you ever bought with your own money? Michael Jackson, Thriller – yep, I’m a child of the 80s.

What three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party? Craig Ferguson, Margaret Atwood and Vance Gilbert.

What will live performance look like after COVID-19? Smaller concerts, smaller venues or virtual ones. Something new needs to develop at least until a vaccine is developed and perhaps on a more permanent basis as this could be the new reality for a long time. Possibly more interactive online opportunities as well with some kind of new arrangement for reimbursement of the performers.

 

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CAPTIVE concert rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns

After careful consideration, the Camerata Nova board of directors has made the decision to postpone the events of our May 9-10, 2020 concert, Captive.

We have rescheduled this concert to Sep 12-13, 2020, same time(s)/place, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at that time. All ticket purchased to date will be honoured in the fall.

Thank you for your support and understanding, stay safe, and we look forward to presenting this special concert for you.

Please feel free to contact us as info@cameratanova.com if you have any questions.

CAPTIVE

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020 AT 7:30 PM and SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020 AT 3:00 PM
LE SAMEDI 9 MAI 2020 À 19 H 30 et LE DIMANCHE 10 MAI 2020 À 15 H
NEEGINAN CENTRE (181 Higgins Ave)

Captive is the third in our series of Truth and Reconciliation concerts, featuring new works on the theme of “captivity” by Indigenous composers/performers, including electro-acoustic specialist Eliot Britton, hip-hop artist Zoey Roy, cellist Cris Derksen, traditional drummer/singer Cory Campbell, our very own Andrew Balfour, and more. Under Andrew’s leadership, we’ve been pushing the envelope on contemporary Indigenous music for more than ten years, discovering and collaborating with incredibly talented Indigenous artists and helping to bridge Indigenous and settler communities. Andrew Balfour curator/composer, Mel Braun conductor.

Captive est le troisième de notre série de concerts sur la vérité et de la réconciliation, et comprendra de nouvelles œuvres sur le thème de la « captivité » par des compositeurs/interprètes autochtones, dont le spécialiste électroacoustique Eliot Britton, l’artiste hip-hop Zoey Roy, la violoncelliste Cris Derksen, batteur/chanteur traditionnel Cory Campbell et notre propre Andrew Balfour. Sous la direction d’Andrew, nous repoussons les limites de la musique autochtone contemporaine depuis plus de 10 ans, en découvrant des artistes autochtones incroyables et en collaborant avec eux, et en aidant à rapprocher la communauté autochtone et celle des colons. Andrew Balfour, concepteur/compositeur; Mel Braun, chef de chœur.

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