Dead of Winter (formerly Camerata Nova) getting ready to ring in the season

November 8, 2021

NOVEMBER 8, 2021 – Our first concert of the season – “Celebrating the Carol” – is fast approaching, and we cannot wait to ring, or should we say sing, in the holidays with our fans and supporters.

On November 27 and 28, we will be taking the stage for the first time as Dead of Winter (formerly Camerata Nova) at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. With a program curated by Andrew Balfour and John Wiens, this first concert in our upcoming season is an invitation to audiences and supporters to embark on a journey with the ensemble for our first live performance after almost two years. “Celebrating the Carol” will be a rare opportunity for audiences to hear (and participate in!) a spectacular concert experience free of charge. This type of outreach is something that Camerata Nova engaged in for 18 years and we are delighted to bring it back after the long haul of COVID. This is one of the many ways in which we give back to the community, making it more accessible to families and diversifying the audience for choral music in Manitoba.

As we return to the stage, we want to take the opportunity to showcase work by some glorious Manitoba composers including Scott Reimer, Daniel Wiebe, and Mike McKay. We are an ever-evolving ensemble, and collaborations with local creatives continue to shape our identity in the most rewarding ways. Rounding out the repertoire for this concert will be music by di Lasso, Gabrieli, Schubert, Mueller, and Wishart.

We should highlight that we are being careful with this offering. To reduce operating costs, we will not be bringing in big guest instrumentalists, and we will be accepting donations to defray the cost of the event.

If you have not yet reserved your tickets, there are still two weeks before the concert; but it’s selling out fast! Reserve your tickets here. If you have reserved a ticket but have, for whatever reason, decided not to attend, please contact us ASAP so that we can offer your reservation to someone else. This is extremely important, as we are operating at a limited capacity and would like to allow for as many people to attend the concert as possible.

Looking ahead to 2022, we are taking our early music performances up a notch. In April, we will be presenting an unprecedented collaboration between three Winnipeg choirs who are passionate about Baroque music: Canzona, Dead of Winter and Polycoro. Each choir will produce its own concert (April 8, 9 and 10, 2022) focusing on early music from a different region: Canzona – England; Polycoro – Italy; and Dead of Winter – Germany. The festival will culminate on April 15, 2022 with a three-choir performance of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, masterful Baroque soloists, and a combined force of powerful Manitoba choristers.

A limited number of early bird tickets are available at $60 for all concerts included in the Winnipeg Baroque Festival. Reserve your tickets here.

Of course, your safety is our priority. We are so looking forward to performing for you again, but we would like to do so as safely as possible. For our concerts on November 27 & 28 – Celebrating the Carol – we are:

– Selling tickets to approx. 33% capacity

– Requiring all patrons, choristers, volunteers, and staff to be fully vaccinated

– Requiring all patrons and choristers, volunteers, and staff to remain masked throughout the entire concert

We’re FREE-styling into the holiday season

October 13, 2021

This holiday season Dead of Winter is taking to the live stage with a free concert. Join us as we present Celebrating the Carol, performing time-honoured carols and early music, echoes our very first founding event 25 years ago. In 2021, it’s an invitation to journey with us out of our COVID-19 cocoons to enjoy our first safe, live performance in almost two years. 

We continue to have fun collaborating with top Manitoba choral composers including Scott Reimer, Daniel Wiebe and Michael McKay. Rounding out the repertoire will be divine music by di Lasso, Gabrieli, Schubert, Mueller and Wishart. Bring your kids, your vocal chords and something for Manitoba Harvest! See below for our COVID-19 protocols.

Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Avenue)
Curated by John Wiens, Andrew Balfour, Mel Braun, Vic Pankratz
Conducted by John Wiens

Reserve your tickets today to guarantee entry!

A dynamic conductor hailed for “awe-inspiring” (Winnipeg Free Press) performances, John Wiens has cemented his reputation as one of Canada’s finest chamber choir conductors. He performs across Canada each season, and is at home in current, ancient, and romantic repertoire. He is known as an innovative programmer who is always ready to push the boundaries of what a concert can be to explore new ways of experiencing music. 

John has appeared on stages across the world, pursuing an innovative path as a programmer known for an uncommonly wide repertoire. John’s inquisitiveness and love of investigation often results in the performance of new music, and music from before 1700. His conducting career has ranged from Belgium (University Chorus for L’Université Catholique de Louvain) to Morocco (Ensemble Voca Me) to Montreal (St. Matthias Anglican Church, Westmount) and Winnipeg (Polycoro, Camerata Nova).

Born into a musical family in small–town Manitoba, John aspired to be a musician from an early age.  He studied violin at the age of four, and sang in choirs throughout his childhood. He holds degrees in Violin, Voice, and Conducting, from CMU, McGill, and the University of Sherbrooke respectively. He has studied privately  with Paul van Nevel, (director of the Huelgas Ensemble), Christopher Jackson (SMAM)Andrew Megill (University of Illinois), Konstantin Krechler, and Donna Grescoe.

John is constantly expanding his knowledge of music ancient and modern. He has conducted the premiers of works by Andrew BalfourNorbert PalejT. Pat CarrabréNeil Weisenthel, and Isaiah Ceccarelli, and regularly programs repertoire by many of Canada’s leading composers including Anna Sokolovic, Mychael Danna, Vivian Fung, Nicolas Gilbert, and Oleksa Lozowchuk.

When not performing, John is in more and more demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and juror, participating in these activities as often as his busy schedule will allow. He is honored to work with and support new talent. He loves spending his spare time with his wife and sons in the kitchen or outdoors, and he is an avid fencer.

We are so looking forward to performing for you again – as safely as possible. For our concerts on November 27 & 28 – Celebrating the Carol – we are:

– Selling tickets to approx. 33% capacity

– Requiring all patrons, choristers, volunteers, and staff to be fully vaccinated

– Requiring all patrons and choristers, volunteers, and staff to remain masked throughout the entire concert