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Trudy Schroeder
Random Notes

Sometimes I find myself worrying about the future of Manitoba. I worry that we will never have enough resources to solve the stickiest problems that we face as a community. We can spend more and more on health care and on providing expensive tests and the latest equipment for diagnosis. We can spend more and more money on roads that forever fall apart with holes in them. We can spend more and more on police services and security, and prisons, and crime does not seem to decrease, and incarceration rates continue to rise. We can spend more and more on taking children into care and yet have huge issues of child poverty.

Myrna Driedger
Broadway Journal

Weather broadcasts depicted snow-covered cities all over Canada and by early October it was here in Winnipeg. Fall, this year, brought with it a little taste of winter with early snow. Luckily, the early October snow didn’t last too long here in Manitoba. Looking out my office at the Legislature I couldn’t help but think of all the winter festivals we are so fortunate to have in our beautiful province.

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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