Music ‘N’ Mavens

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 20 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.

Program Times

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.


Individual Concerts

Tickets for individual concerts available at the door only.

$7 Rady JCC Members
(with membership card)
$11 Non-Members


Silver collection at the door


Schedule of Events


Bernstein on Brass. In celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor, musician and cultural ambassador, celebrations are being held throughout the world. Led by Richard Gillis, Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, this outstanding brass quintet will open our Music ‘N’ Mavens season with the most popular songs from West Side Story.



Embraceable You: Songs of Gershwin. Award-winning singer/actor Aaron Hutton, a “wonderfully talented tenor” (CBC), has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, and in many Rainbow Stage Productions. Accompanied by pianist Marshall Carroll, Aaron has put together a full concert of Gershwin tunes.

When Bears are also Dogs: Stories of Culture, Astronomy, and the Night Sky. Richard Hechter is professor of Science Education at the University of Manitoba, and currently Acting Department Head for Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning. His interests include chasing the aurora borealis around the world with teachers and students. This presentation will share myths, lessons, and insights the star lore of different cultures.

Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street

Katrina Van Humbeck is an accomplished singer/songwriter and pianist. Together with Larry Bjornson on bass, Katrina creates songs of love and laughter.She performs Jazz music infused with elements of classical, Latin, and musical theatre.

Betty Crocker, Cheez Whiz, and the Promises of Modernity: Advertising and Convenience Foods in the 1940s and 1950s. Sarah Elvins is Associate Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, where she teaches courses in American history. Her research explores consumption, retailing, food, and culture in the modern United States.

Cellolution! Tracing the Evolution of the Solo Cello Repertoire. Desiree Abbey has appeared as a cello soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and Guelph Symphony Orchestra. She has played at Carnegie Hall and served as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Together with accomplished pianist Madeline Hildebrand, this program will provide a delightful sampling of solo cello works from Bach to the present.

Dear Donald: Climate Change is Not a Hoax. Danny Blair is Professor of Geography at the University of Winnipeg, and Director of Science for its Prairie Climate Centre. His current research projects include a climate change atlas for the Prairie Provinces, the identification of Prairie climate change impacts, and an assessment of the potential for trans-boundary water conflicts in a changing Prairie climate.

Before there was eBay there was…THE Bay. Susan Moffatt is a local art historian and educator. From its impressive architecture to the Aladdin’s cave variety of its contents, the Hudson’s Bay Company was one of Winnipeg’s well-known landmarks. The Bay’s neighbour, the Winnipeg Auditorium, (presently Manitoba Archives) was home to the Winnipeg Art Gallery. A discussion of two Winnipeg icons, from their origins to the present day.

Bilingual singer/songwriter Kelly Bado has a sound that marries pop with R&B, Soul and her African background, honed in local choirs in her native Ivory Coast. Her lyrics are inspired by love, hope and social equality. Singing in French, Spanish and English, Bado’s incredible voice and presence make this a show to remember. You may want to dance!

Ensemble Exchange, one of Winnipeg’s premier chamber music groups, features Elation Pauls, violin, Micah Heilbrunn, clarinet, and Madeline Hildebrand, piano. With a program inclusive of the light and jazzy music of Darius Milhaud, Paul Schoenfield’s compositions which showcase virtuosity, and Aram Khachaturian’s rhapsodically Armenian feel, you won’t want to miss this trio!

Math: Changing the Way We Teach for a Changing World. Neil Dempsey has twice been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Manitoba. Neil’s goal is to help students move away from a narrow view of mathematics as a set of computational tasks, and instead see the beauty of mathematics as an inter-connected web of ideas. He has given hundreds of workshops to teachers and administrators.

Prairie Soul in Concert. A musical journey through time featuring music that African Canadians have been listening to and performing in Winnipeg from their initial arrival in the late 1800s until today. Styles include Spirituals, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Calypso, Reggae, R&B, and Soul. Led by Gerry Atwell, this multi-talented quintet will showcase the transitions within Winnipeg’s Black community over the generations.

 Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street

Play It Again. With over 120 years of musical experience between them, John Wrublowsky, Harvey Peltz & Ken Hodges take you on a musical ride spanning the 50s, 60s & 70s along with other songs that hold a special place in their hearts. A mix of folk, rock, and classically trained musicians, this trio brings a variety of tunes that leave you wanting them to “play it again”.

Occupational Health in Traditional Jewish Law. Dr. Allen Kraut is Associate Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba; Specialist in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine; and Medical Director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Occupational Medicine program. His research includes occupational diseases and the influence that work has on health and health on work.

Manitoba versus the UFOs. Chris Rutkowski is a science writer with degrees in astronomy and education. Since the mid-1970s, he has been devoting much of his time to investigating and studying reports of UFOs, writing about case investigations and offering his insights into the broad UFO phenomenon. He has ten published books and has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes.

Marco Castillo and the Brazilian Beats. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marco Castillo blends the traditional rhythms and contemporary sounds of Brazil with a Latin Samba Jazz Funk. With outstanding musicians Gilles Fournier, bass, Daniel Roa, drums, Neil Watson, sax, Karin Carlson, trombone, and Marco Castillo on guitar and vocals, you’ll be dancing in the tropical isles of Brazil.

North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame member Patti Kusturok is often referred to as one of the smoothest fiddle players in North America. Her old time fiddle style, characterized by a pulsating, rhythmical lilt, is guaranteed to have you tapping your toes. Accompanied by multi-talented Jeremy Rusu on guitar, piano, and accordion, this duo is a knockout.

Canada-US Defence Relations: To Help or To Duck? Dr. Andrea Charron holds a PhD from the Royal Military College of Canada (Department of War Studies). Dr. Charron worked for various federal departments including the Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat. She is Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and Assistant Professor in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, specializing in Canadian Defence policy.

Direct from Los Angeles is multiple Grammy-nominated concert pianist Nadia Shpachenko. Nadia will be performing selections from her newly released album Quotations and Homages. This solo piano recital features newly-written homages by Tom Flaherty, Vera Ivanova, Missy Mazzoli, and Nick Norton, performed together with the older works by Brahms, Debussy, Prokofiev, Satie and Stravinsky that directly inspired the new compositions.

The Best of Bette-Mal Magorel Sings the Bette Midler Songbook. Led by powerhouse vocalist Mal Magorel, and the big band sound of seven outstanding musicians, Bette’s music catalogue will be celebrated. Including all-time favourites Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, When a Man Loves a Woman, The Rose and many other great tunes, this show will have the audience shimmying and swinging into spring.


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