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ERIC SAWYER President, Rady JCC Rady Jewish Community Centre

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14th Anniversary of Music ‘N’ Mavens Features A Bounty of Events For Your Senses

press release posted December 16, 2011

Winnipeg, MB - It’s time to get the calendar out for the fourteenth anniversary season of Music ‘N’ Mavens!   Fresh from the successful run of the Tarbut Festival of Jewish Culture, the Rady JCC is excited to launch a new and exciting year of Music ‘N’ Mavens. 
 “We are very excited to present the 14th anniversary of Music ‘N’ Mavens,” shares Karla Berbrayer, Artistic Director.“This year’s line-up consists of everything from jazz, classical, aboriginal drumming, folk, latin, indigenous music and not to mention our featured speakers which will cover great topics from crime in Winnipeg, mosquitoes and bugs, and authors sharing their life experiences along with their written works.”
Music ‘N’ Mavens is Winnipeg’s foremost daytime entertainment series featuring a diverse mix of musical performances, speaker presentations, educational series, and more. There are many highlights in this 14th season that event goers will not have trouble finding one or more events that will soothe their interests and provoke new experiences. 
“Music ‘N’ Mavens is truly committed to the community. It is our mission to ensure that we offer sights and sounds that showcase local people, issues, arts and entertainment. Our performers and presenters reflect viewpoints, activities, diverse voices and rich talent that may not be common to many people in general”, said Tamar Barr, program director.
The 2012 Music ‘N’ Mavens season runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 10 through March 8. The program time for all Rady JCC events is 2:00-3:00 pm. Two programs are scheduled on Wednesdays at the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre at 1:30 pm (January 25 and February 29).
 The Rady JCC gratefully acknowledges the Mark & Dorothy Danzker Perpetual Trust Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. 
 For more information, visit:
2012 Music ‘N’ Mavens Events Schedule:
Tuesday, January 10
Helen White Quintet - Scat, Bebop and Vocalese.
Remember those up-tempo foot-tapping tunes from the 1930s? Fast, frantic and fun! Join the Helen White Quintet for this jazzy season-opener featuring Helen White, voice, Jonathan Alexiuk, piano, Chris Berti, bass, Glenn Lambert, drums, and Ken Gold, horns.
Thursday, January 12
Michael and Kyung Kim – Classical Piano
Husband and wife virtuoso classical pianists, Michael and Kyung Kim, have each appeared as concerto soloists with symphonies across Canada and the United States, as well as Asia and South America. Michael Kim is Dean and Professor of Music at Brandon University School of Music; Kyung Kim is Adjunct Professor of Piano at Brandon University. Performing both solo and one piano, four hand repertoire, this program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Ravel.
Tuesday, January 17
Melissa Steele - Where Do Stories Come From? Writing from Life Experience.
Melissa Steele is the author of two award winning collections of short fiction. Beautiful Girl Thumb was short listed for the Winnipeg Foundation's 2010 On the Same Page program, which encourages all Manitobans to read the same book. Melissa teaches Creative Writing at the University of Manitoba and was the Writer-in-Residence at the Winnipeg Public Library during the 2010/11 season.  
Thursday, January 19
Dr. Leigh Quesnel - Secrets from Your Parents; Helping our Adult Children Manage Stress.
Dr. Leigh Quesnel has been a management consultant for thirty years as well as maintaining a private practice.   He recently published a book entitled Stress Management with an Attitude: Getting a grip in The Trip. Leigh has lectured in the faculties of psychology and commerce at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg.
Tuesday, January 24
Taz Stuart - Everything You wanted to know about Mosquitoes and other Bugs in Winnipeg. Is it good luck or good planning? The summer of 2011 was as bug free as it gets in Winnipeg. Taz Stuart, City Entomologist, and manager of the largest mosquito control program in Canada, will discuss the magic and mystery of Winnipeg bugs.
Wednesday, January 25
 at Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main S
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