The Rady JCC is thrilled to present our annual Music ‘N’ Mavens series. Music ‘N’ Mavens has been here since the Rady JCC opened inside the Asper Campus 21 years ago. How time flies!
“Where else can you go in the middle of the afternoon to hear a great concert or speaker and then go for a workout in the same building?” – Ruth Pearce
Music ‘N’ Mavens is produced by Karla Berbrayer.
The Rady JCC gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors and individual donors.
Music ‘N’ Mavens is held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Two events on Wednesdays are held at the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets for individual concerts available at the door only.
$7 Rady JCC Members
(with membership card)
Full Concert Card
10 concerts for the price of 7!
Mini Concert Card
6 concerts for the price of 5!
Silver collection at the door
Tuesday, January 22
The winners of the 2018 Zita Bernstein Competition
This concert features the winners of the 2018 Zita Bernstein Competition, an undergraduate competition at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba that honours Zita and her love of lieder music.
Thursday, January 24
Greg Mason – Kapyong Barracks: An Urban Reserve
Greg Mason, an economist and educator specializing in policy analysis and program evaluation speaks about the Kapyong Barracks, the former Canadian Forces Base in Southwest Winnipeg and the plans for its future.
Tuesday, January 29
Alison Gillmor – Ghastly Artists, Great Art: A Conundrum
Alison Gillmor, a Winnipeg-based freelance journalist and educator contemplates the moral dilemma of appreciating an artists’ work after they’ve been proven of wrong-doings.
Wednesday January 30
CMU Jazz Allstars
1:00 pm | At Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street
Young, full of vigour and outstanding talent, these jazz vocal students from Canadian Mennonite University are led by Helen White. Incorporating many favourite standards either solo, duo or as a quartet, this hardworking up and coming group are sure to amaze.
Thursday, January 31
Tom Monteyne – Winnipeg Desiderata – An Architect Contemplates the City that Could Be
Tom Monteyne, who has been leading his own architecture firm since 1994, speaks about Winnipeg’s infrastructure, and its often-untapped potential as one of Canada’s major urban hubs.
Tuesday, February 5
Sheena Rattai – Everybody Knows Leonard Cohen
Sheena Rattai, backed by some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, thoughtfully reimagines the music and poetry of the late, great and much-loved Leonard Cohen.
Thursday, February 7
Neil McArthur – Sex and Consent, from the Mad Men Era to the Age of #MeToo
The last half century has brought a dramatic change in how we think about sexual content, both morally and legally. In the last year, the #MeToo movement has brought the issue of consent to the centre of public debate. Neil McArthur will discuss how our ways of thinking about consent have evolved over the past decades, and how they may continue to do so in the future.
Tuesday, February 12
What could be better than an afternoon with Ol’ Blue Eyes? Aaron Hutton, award-winning singer, actor and storyteller croons some of his favourite Sinatra tunes including That’s Life, Luck Be a Lady, and My Way.
Thursday, February 14
Yuri Hooker and Michelle Mourre – A Classical Pairing
Yuri Hooker, principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and wife Michelle Mourre, who served as Conductor-in-Residence at the WSO present a program of Beethoven Sonata op. 69 in A major and Bach’s Suite no. 5 in C minor.
Tuesday, February 19
Janice Finlay – My Favourite Things
Janice Finlay, with Ron Paley, Karl Kohut, and Rob Siwik, guides us through the inspiration for some of her favourite things, complemented by photos and her original music.
Thursday, February 21
Amber Epp and Heitha Forsyth – Celebrating Women in Jazz
Vocalists Amber Epp and Heitha Forsyth, backed by Keith Price, Julian Bradford and Eric Platz, pay tribute to some of the greatest female jazz voices from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse.
Tuesday, February 26
Bryan Sykora – From Baroque to Broadway with Breezeway Brass
Brian Sykora on trumpet and four other Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra brass players put together a delightful program with music that includes Handel’s Water Music, Ennio Morricone’s The Good, the Bad & the Ugly and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.
Wednesday, February 27
1:00 pm | At Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street
Westgate Mennonite Collegiate String Orchestra is made up of 25 students from grades 7 to 12 and has been led by conductor Andrea Bell since 2000. Andrea Bell, Manager and cellist of the Rembrandt String Quartet, is also the conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra and the Mennonite Community Orchestra.
Thursday, February 28
Nadine Sookermany – Cannabis Use in Manitoba – A Gendered Lens
Nadine Sookermany, executive director of Women’s Health Clinic and educator in harm-reduction and community-based health discusses the recent legalization of cannabis in Manitoba from a feminist perspective.
Tuesday, March 5
The Honourable Marilou McPhedran, C.M. – Does Senate Reform = Better Democracy?
Marilou McPhedran, human rights lawyer, professor, activist and independent senator in the Parliament of Canada discusses senate reform.
Thursday, March 7
Nadia Douglas – Yesterday Once More: A Tribute to Karen Carpenter and the Carpenters
Nadia Douglas, with pianist and music director Rick Boughton, revives the Carpenter’s iconic songs of the ‘70s such as Close to You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of the World and more.
Tuesday, March 12
Amy Karlinsky – Landscape and Identity: Beyond the Group of Seven
Amy Karlinsky, writer, artist and curator, has taught at universities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. She has contributed to the Winnipeg Free Press and Border Crossings as an art critic. Amy will take us beyond the Group of Seven, in her discussion of Canadian art history.
Thursday, March 14
Allen Mills – Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: What does this mean and how much is possible?
Allen Mills, a recently retired professor of political science who specializes in Canadian socialism and Winnipeg radicalism, speaks about reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Tuesday, March 19
Prairie Soul – A Tribute to Bill Withers
Prairie Soul, led by Gerry Atwell, performs an afternoon of Motown music. Expect Bill Withers’ classics such as Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine and Just the Two of Us along with some favourites by Sly and the Family Stone.
Thursday, March 21
Laura Olafson – Belting it Out!
Laura Olafson is frequently seen on the stages of Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Rainbow Stage. Laura will wrap up the Music ‘N’ Mavens season with a Broadway diva medley featuring the music of Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters, among others.