Music ‘N’ Mavens January 22 – March 21, 2019

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.

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

Tuesday, January 22

The annual Zita Bernstein Competition at the Desautels Faculty of the University of Manitoba is an undergraduate competition started in 1997 by Zita Bernstein’s family, in honour of her love of Lieder. The competition gave Zita a great deal of pleasure, watching the growth of these students through their degree and eventually the careers of the various winners. This concert features the winners of the 2018 competition.

Thursday, January 24

Kapyong Barracks: An Urban Reserve. Greg Mason is an economist specializing in policy analysis and program evaluation. He has been a tenured faculty member in the Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba since 1974, teaching and compiling research in public policy as it relates to poverty, income inequality, and health.

Tuesday, January 29

Ghastly Artists, Great Art: A Conundrum.  Alison Gillmor is a Winnipeg-based freelance journalist and educator. As well as being a pop culture columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, she has written on art, design, books and film for The Walrus, Border Crossings, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail and The Winnipeg Review. She teaches in the History of Art program at the University of Winnipeg, and at the McNally Community Classroom.

Wednesday January 30

1:00 pm  |  At Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street

CMU Jazz Allstars. 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

Winnipeg Desiderata – An Architect Contemplates the City that Could Be. Tom Monteyne is the founder of Monteyne Architecture Works Inc. and has been leading his own architecture firm since 1994. His extensive project experience ranges across work for Winnipeg cultural institutions such as the Children’s Museum, Fort Whyte Alive, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, to multi-unit housing and unique single family residential projects.

Tuesday, February 5

Everybody Knows Leonard Cohen. Sheena Rattai is well-known for her soaring vocal work with the folk/roots trio Red Moon Road, and her numerous performances in Winnipeg. Backed by some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, Sheena soulfully and thoughtfully reimagines the music and poetry of the late, great and much loved Leonard Cohen.

Thursday, February 7

Sex and Consent, from the Mad Men Era to the Age of #MeToo. Neil McArthur is the Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba. He writes about sexual ethics and alternative sexualities for the Globe and Mail, the Guardian, and other publications. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Ethics of Sex: An Introduction.

Tuesday, February 12

Come Fly with Me: An Afternoon of Frank Sinatra. Award winning singer, actor, and storyteller Aaron Hutton has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and in over a dozen Rainbow Stage productions. What could be better than an afternoon with Ol’ Blue Eyes? Join Aaron as he croons some of his favourite Sinatra tunes, including That’s Life, Luck Be A Lady, and My Way.

Thursday, February 14

A Classical Pairing. Yuri Hooker, cello, with Michelle Mourre, piano. Principal cellist of the WSO, Yuri Hooker is well-known for his passionate and soulful interpretations of a wide range of repertoire. Michelle Mourre served as Conductor in Residence at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for three years. This talented husband and wife duo will present a program of Beethoven Sonata op. 69 in A Major, and Bach’s Suite no. 5 in c minor.

Tuesday, February 19

My Favourite Things. The Janice Finlay Quartet, is led by the multi-talented saxophonist Janice Finlay, with Ron Paley, piano, Karl Kohut, bass and Rob Siwik, drums. Highlighted by photos to accompany her original music, as well as other familiar tunes, Jan will discuss the inspiration for her music and for some of the other favourite things in her life.

Thursday, February 21

Celebrating Women in Jazz. Led by outstanding vocalists Amber Epp and Heitha Forsyth, with Keith Price, guitar, Julian Bradford, bass, and Eric Platz, drums, this quintet will focus on some of the great female jazz voices, from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan to Amy Winehouse.

Tuesday, February 26

From Baroque to Broadway with Breezeway Brass. Led by Brian Sykora, trumpet, with Paul Jeffrey, trumpet, Michiko Singh, horn, Steven Dyer, trombone, and Jarret McCourt, tuba, these five Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra brass players have put together music to delight.  Featuring a program that includes Handel’s Water Music, The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly by Ennio Morricone, and the ever- popular West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

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

Cannabis Use in Manitoba – A Gendered Lens. Nadine Sookermany is Executive Director of Women’s Health Clinic, a community health clinic that delivers care through a feminist perspective. Nadine’s passion has guided her work as an advocate and social justice educator in harm reduction and community-based health, for over 25 years.

Tuesday, March 5

Does Senate Reform = Better Democracy? The Honourable Marilou McPhedran, C.M. is a human rights lawyer, professor and activist, appointed as an independent senator in the Parliament of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2016. Marilou was one of the most influential leaders of the 1981 Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution conference – the grass roots social movement of women across Canada resulting in stronger equality rights in the constitution.

Thursday, March 7

Yesterday Once More: A Tribute to Karen Carpenter and the Carpenters. Nadia Douglas leads a musical accolade to Karen Carpenter. With Rick Boughton as music director and pianist, this quartet revives the songs of the ‘70s that everyone loves and remembers – Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Yesterday Once More, Top Of The World … get ready to hum along!

Tuesday, March 12

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 currently teaches for the Winnipeg School Division. Amy has written essays and reviews about many aspects of Inuit Art. She has contributed to the Winnipeg Free Press and Border Crossings as an art critic.

Thursday, March 14

Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: What does this mean and how much is possible? Allen Mills is a recently retired professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg. He has published articles on Canadian socialism, Winnipeg radicalism, and media in a post-communist Czechoslovakia. In 2016 Oxford University Press published his book on Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Citizen Trudeau; 1944-1965: An Intellectual Biography.

Tuesday, March 19

Prairie Soul, led by Gerry Atwell, performs A Tribute to Bill Withers.  Featuring Withers’ well-known hits Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine, Just the Two of Us, mixed in with favourites from Sly and the Family Stone. Joined on stage by Zilla Jones, Joe Curtis, Ian Morris-Grant (Breeze), and Glen Matthews, Prairie Soul will have the Music ‘N’ Mavens halls rocking with the sounds of Motown!

Thursday, March 21

Belting it Out!  Laura Olafson can frequently be seen on many local stages, including Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Rainbow Stage, to name a few.  She will wrap up the Music ‘N’ Mavens season with a medley of music from Broadway divas, including Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli and Barbra Streisand. Laura loves a song with a good story and has chosen her favourites to entertain.