The Choir had an excellent time performing in International Costume for the Rotary International Conference this September. It was fun to learn some new National Anthems and preparing choreography for Children Helping Children. We hope everyone enjoyed the Performance.
We would like to acknowledge and congratulate Marianne Sawatsky and Lukas Sawatsky for their success at this years Winnipeg Music Festival. It is nice to see these fine musicians being recognized for their hard work and dedication to music making. We would also like to congratulate Marianne for her nomination for the Ladies Orange Benevolent Association Trophy.
Together as a duet, Marianne and Lukas, sang Lift Thine Eyes by Felix Mendelssohn and were awarded the:
GORDON HIGNELL MEMORIAL TROPHY
Awarded to the most outstanding performance by a Vocal Group
Gordon Hignell’s mother and widow donated the Gordon Hignell Memorial Trophy to the Winnipeg Music Festival in 1951. This trophy was originally given for the most outstanding Grade B Two Song Group Vocal performance. Since 2009, this trophy has been given for the most outstanding performance by a Vocal Group.
Gordon Kirby Hignell, the son of V.R. Hignell, was born in 1919. He served with the 197th R.C.A.F. Squadron in World War II. Officer Hignell, a R.C.A.F. pilot, was reported missing over France and declared killed July 23, 1943.
Lukas Sawatsky sang in two solo classes:
The Call by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Greensleeves.
Lukas was awarded the Winnipeg Male Chorus Trophy as well as two Scholarships.
NORMAN PHILLIPS MEMORIAL BURSARIES
WINNIPEG MALE CHORUS SCHOLARSHIP
The Winnipeg Male Chorus Trophy
Awarded for the most outstanding performance in a competition of boys with changed voices,
12 and 14 years of age & under
The Winnipeg Male Chorus donated the Winnipeg Male Chorus Trophy to the Winnipeg Music Festival in 1995. The Winnipeg Male Chorus was formed in 1960 and is made up of men from across Winnipeg and surrounding communities. The Chorus objectives are “to foster and promote greater fellowship among men who enjoy singing” and “to maintain a standard of music which will add to the culture of the community and to the entertainment of its people”. The Chorus regularly sings for seniors, for shut-ins, in hospitals, at community events and for those who might otherwise be unable to enjoy choral singing. This trophy is awarded for the most outstanding performance in a competition of boys with changed voices, 12 and 14 years of age & under.
I understand from the Winnipeg Music Festival that the recipients of the 2014 Camerata Nova Bursary are Marianne Sawatsky and Lukas Sawatsky.. As a board member of Camerata Nova, I would like to extend our warm congratulations to you all for the outstanding rendition of “Pleasures Banish Pain” from “The Triumph of Time and Truth” by Georg Frideric Handel.
I am pleased to invite you, Marianne, and Lukas, to a performance of our upcoming concert, Ghosts of Christmas Past, so that during her introductory remarks, our president, Sandi Mielitz, can invite the three of you to the front momentarily and acknowledge your achievements.
MANITOBA HYDRO PRESENTS
GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Venue: Westminster United Church (745 Westminster Ave)
Curators/Conductors: Ross Brownlee and Michael McKay
Everyone in Camerata Nova loves doing our Christmas concert! We spend lots of time researching holiday music and, for more than ten years, we have been commissioning exceptional arrangements of well-known Christmas carols. This concert features a line-up of our favourites from past years. Like Camerata Nova, it will be weird and wonderful, sincere and soulful – a unique Christmas celebration! As always, you the audience will get a chance to play a critical role, singing the tunes and words the proper way before we take off on flights of fancy. O come all ye who are ready for fun and rejoicing!
Admission is free
(Please bring food for Winnipeg Harvest. Donations to Camerata Nova are welcomed to defray the cost of the concert.)--
The 2014-2015 season began in September with plans to enjoy another great year of music-making. Our first endeavour of the year was singing at Concordia Village assisted living apartments in their Sunday afternoon worship service on October 19th. The choristers enjoyed the appreciative audience and the treats that were provided at the end of the service. As it was a beautiful day we took advantage of the scenery with a quick photo-op.
Invitations have been accepted for Nov. 23rd at Joy Lutheran church, Nov. 30th for Winnipeg’s annual Christkindlmarkt and three performances at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker, including singing at the Piano Nobile prior to those shows on Dec. 20th (evening), Dec. 23rd and Dec. 28th. A few more invitations are still being considered and will be added to the calendar upon acceptance.
We’ve had a great start to the year and are anticipating lots of wonderful experiences again this season.
Another Year has come to an end and summer is in full swing. We anxiously await the fall for a new choir season, but in the meantime, many jump at the opportunity when one of our families offers her home for an end of the year BBQ. In Manitoba you have to be prepared for anything and when you are expecting 50 people the next day, nature sometimes likes to play games. Just listen to our BBQ hostess as she re-tells the lead up to the big day.
I was worried when a few days before the party, the temperature went down and the pool was cold, and the dogs got sprayed by a skunk, and the trampoline mat ripped and the pony went lame and the rain filled the yard with huge muddy puddles and the firepit was under 6 inches of water...But.... kids will swim even in cold water and we put the dogs in the goat pen and the trampoline was fixed in time and the pony was feeling better and we used pallets to make walkways and reassembled the firepit on the driveway. There was lots of food and nobody cried - it was a success! I think we had about 50ish people - at one point, there were at least 20 in the pool. We'd definitely be open to having a get together here again.
Thank You for opening your home to everyone. See you all in September.
We’ve had a wonderful start to the 2013-2014 Season. The year began with 20 singers and two more have joined us in January. Welcome to all our new singers, we are glad to have you with us. Everyone has fit right in and we are making beautiful music together.
Our fall events included two services (German and English) at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, a Christmas candle-light worship at Bethania Care Home and four performances at the Nutcracker, including three Piano Nobile presentations prior to the ballet.
The choir has continued to sponsor a boy in Peru through World Vision and enjoys hearing about his progress. The beginning of the New Year has us preparing the choir and some individuals and duets for the Winnipeg Music Festival held in February and March of 2014. Best wishes of the New Year to all as we continue to praise God through the voices of children.
In May 2014, Sony International is set to release the feature movie Heaven is for Real, based on the novel by Lynn Vincent and Todd Burpo of the same name. Heaven is for Real is a true story in which a boy recounts tales from his visit to heaven after recovering from an emergency operation where he temporarily died.
In June 2013, The Winnipeg Children’s Choir recorded “Jesus Loves the Little Children” to be used in the film. In addition, Some of our choristers were chosen by the casting department to be included in the filming as well.
This was an exciting and very interesting experience, those involved saw first-hand some aspects of how movies are shot. We are all looking forward to the release of the movie to see the final outcome.
June 12, 2013
On June 12 the Winnipeg Blue Bombers opened the new Investor’s Group Stadium with their opening game against the Toronto Argonauts. This long awaited day was a big one for the city and for the choir.
At 7:00 pm the choir marched out onto the brand new field and proudly sang O Canada before this memorable occasion. This will be a wonderful memory for all.
Unfortunately a local area black out meant that Winnipeg TV stations did not show the game in the city but it was broadcast Nationwide and radio stations still carried the broadcast.
June 2, 2013
On June 2, Eastview Community Church was the setting for our end of the year concert this year. The audience was treated to a multi-cultural look at the love of music from around the world.
The first half of our program consisted of “Merry Melodies” showcasing the joy of music and singing. Songs such as Sing a Rainbow and Stuttering Lovers involved the use of rainbow streamers and props, while many songs gave choristers the opportunity to include some percussion accompaniment.
The second half featured choristers dressed in international costumes to match folksongs from around the world. Starting in Canada we moved through North and South America, Africa, Europe, British Isles, Ukraine, Asia, Australia, and many more.
Thank you to all our choristers for working hard on solo pieces. Thank you also to Leon Katsnelson for playing the piano, and Lukas and Marianne Sawatsky for their contribution of Anything You Can Do.
A Special Thanks goes out to:
Weldon Neufeld – Scottish Soldier soloist
Ernie Dyck – Guitar