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!
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.
Congratulations to the Kelvin High School Senior Chamber Choir who were awarded the Camerata Nova Bursary at the 2016 Winnipeg Music Festival for their excellent rendition of Giuseppe Pitoni’s Cantate Domino, as arranged by Norman Greyson. The bursary is awarded to the most outstanding performance of early music by a vocalist or choir.
Congratulations to our president, Sandi Mielitz, who has been awarded the Investors Group Arts & Culture Award for Volunteer Excellence for her work with Camerata Nova! Please consider joining us for the 33rd Annual Volunteer Awards, which will be held on April 28th at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, to honour Sandi and other deserving Manitobans who represent excellence in volunteerism and community engagement in our province. Click here for more info.
In 2015-2016, Camerata Nova is offering its very first outreach program in partnership with the expansive Frontier School Division. Aiming to empower kids to express themselves using sounds and soundscapes, artistic director Andrew Balfour and singer/didgeridoo player Michael Thompson visited Bissett, Wanipigow, Black River and Matheson Island in the eastern part of Division 2, from November 30 to December 4, 2015. During phase 2, which happened from March 21 to 24, 2016, they will continue their musical adventure on the western side, in Grand Rapids, Camperville, Duck Bay and Pine Creek.
Camerata Nova presents an informal early music workshop on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Westminster United Church. Conductor Ross Brownlee and noted sackbut player Catherine Motuz from Montréal will coach interested choristers and instrumentalists on 17th-century performance practice using selected pieces from the beautiful Praetorius Christmas Mass. Singers, as well as modern and period players of ANY instrument (string, wind or brass) are all welcome. Singers and instrumentalists will first meet and work separately, then gather for a rehearsal and fun performance! Fee is $10, payable at the door.
Gearing up for the holiday season, join us for a sing-along at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 28, 2015, before the Manitoba Hydro Santa Claus Parade. We’ll be giving back to the community with a free concert in the atrium of the Manitoba Hydro building featuring Christmas classics – a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Before you take the kids to the parade, enjoy a light holiday concert with Camerata Nova in the Atrium of the Manitoba Hydro Building.