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Music ‘N’ Mavens Celebrates 25 Years! 

Music ‘N’ Mavens, Winnipeg’s foremost afternoon concert and speaker series is celebrating its 25th year, with a blockbuster lineup of incredible musicians and fabulous speakers. All concerts and speakers are live, at the Rady JCC.

Opening the series on Thursday January 19, is the Editor of the Winnipeg Free PressPaul Samyn. Paul will be speaking on An Insider’s View on the History of the Winnipeg Free Press. Paul has been part of the Free Press newsroom for more than a quarter of a century, working his way up as a rookie reporter in 1988. As the Free Press celebrates its 150th year, Paul will share some insights. 

On Tuesday January 24, Central Sound Wave is a duo comprised of Jeremy Koz (Indian City, Ron Paley Band) and Derrick Gottfried (Harlequin, Doc Walker). Popular Songs from the 70s to Today will be performed by these high energy singers and musicians. If you rocked out in the 70s, you could start your vocal warm-ups now. 

On Thursday January 26, please note that there has been a program change from what is listed in the brochure. TheMonika Wall Band brings old and new vibes of jazz standards sung by the “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald. From Ella with Love will be performed with some traditional and some new interpretations of songs that have stood the test of time, first made famous by the “Queen of Jazz.” Expect to hear numbers like Mack the Knife, Cry Me a River, Summertime, and other melodies from the canon of the late, great, Ella Fitzgerald. 

On Tuesday January 31, the topic is How the War in Ukraine Ends. Myroslav Shkandrij is Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba where he taught in the Department of German and Slavic studies from 1987. Recently he has been teaching at Columbia University in New York. Shkandrij’s research is focused on Ukraine’s cultural history, the avant-garde, nationalism, and Jewish-Ukrainian relations.

We are grateful to our sponsors for the 2023 Music ‘N’ Mavens series: Babs Asper Centre for Cultural Arts, The Asper Foundation, Winnipeg Arts Council, Lampe Family Fund, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, United Way, Winnipeg Free Press, Jewish Post and News, Classic 107, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Music ‘N’ Mavens is produced by Karla Berbrayer.

For tickets, concert passes, and a full listing of events, please go to radyjcc.com There is no charge for attendance at speaker presentations, although donations are welcome at the door.

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