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Following a spectacular 22nd season, Camerata Nova starts its 2018-2019 season with a thrilling range of music that highlights Manitoba performers and composers. Fallen, the second concert in a series dedicated to truth and reconciliation, is the first offering of the season.

The brilliant artistic director, Andrew Balfour, supported by the Camerata Nova team, continues to innovate and celebrate choral music from the Renaissance to present day in all its forms.

Fallen, will open Nov. 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. (Pre-concert talks at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday and 2:45 p.m. on Sunday). Experience the poignant drama of a Manitoba Indigenous hunter/trapper who signs up to fight in World War I. Join conductor Mel Braun and composer-singer-artistic director, Andrew Balfour, with Indigenous cellist, Cris Derksen, traditional drummer-singer, Cory Campbell, and the Winnipeg Boys’ Choir, among other guest artists. It’s all beauty and drama that is 100 years young.

Fallen is the second concert in a series dedicated to truth and reconciliation. In 2020, look for our third concert, Captive, expressing the power and sadness of Indigenous incarceration.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, will be the Santa Claus Parade Day Concert at 2:30 p.m. to be held in the Atrium of the Manitoba Hydro Building. This light holiday concert featuring Camerata Nova is a free performance that features Christmas classics, Camerata Nova originals, and some sing-alongs.

Sun. Nov. 18, 2018, celebrate the holiday season with the kids of Sistema Winnipeg and Camerata Nova at 2:00 p.m., at St John’s College Chapel. All proceeds will go to support the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Sistema Winnipeg inner-city music education program, offered in partnership with Seven Oaks School Division and Winnipeg School Division. For more info and to purchase tickets, please visit

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In Winnipeg on Monday, November 11, 1918, the weatherman forecast warmer temperatures with a high of 28 F. On that day the headline of the Manitoba Free Press declared HUNS QUIT; WAR IS OVER. Four years of slaughter had finally ended in Europe. At two o’clock on that Monday morning, Winnipeggers who had already heard the joyous news from France were starting to gather on Portage Avenue to blow whistles and ring bells.

All day long the crowds grew, and the noise of celebration increased. Shops closed. Bands played hymns of thanksgiving. The people of Winnipeg poured out their relief, their joy, their pride. It was late 1919, before the boys began to come home. They marched up the main streets of our towns and cities, while the drums rolled and the bagpipes skirled– full of pride, but terribly aware of how long they had been away, how much they had missed, all the things that had changed, and the missing ranks of their friends who had not survived.



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