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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!

I know this year has been one for the books but I hope that you and your loved ones have been able to stay safe and healthy during these challenging times. At this time of year, most of us are usually preparing for holiday festivities, attending concerts, wrapping gifts, cooking for a gathering and living through the hustle and bustle of the season. What a change it is this year…
As for myself, I have toured during the holidays for the last 15 years so I get the honour of spreading Christmas cheer to my audience members through music. I love it so much and I miss it dreadfully as well as my family that I will not be able to see this season. But for me, the pandemic has also offered some silver linings. I have been able to spend way more time with my husband and our (almost) two year old son than we would have ever had the pleasure of doing if I was working, I get to cook quite a bit for my family and we are expecting again in January! Life is about to look very different again so we are grateful.
As for “The Nadeau Ensemble: A Prairie Christmas,” trust me when I say: we miss playing for you and we hope to do it again next year! Joaquin has generously put together this little video as our virtual Christmas card to you here
And if you miss harp Christmas music, I have put my “Star of Night” Christmas album on here for free for your listening pleasure here.
If you are looking for something recorded this year:
Two of my colleagues who have created the “No Chamber Concert Series”once the pandemic began asked me to join them this season to do some recordings of Christmas carols in this unusual grouping of trombone, flute and harp! All the links will be posted on the link above and can be viewed directly on youtube as well here!
Finally, I am honoured to play with Musica Intima for Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” as well as a couple of other pieces. For those of you who are not familiar with the work, it is a piece written for choir and harp in 11 movements that are all exquisite. The release date is December 20th and it can be viewed after the ticket is purchased for two weeks here.
All the best to you and yours during this holiday season. Please stay safe, healthy and happy if you can and I look forward to reuniting with you all.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and yours!!
Sincerely,
Janelle

It seems that around this time, I start to see little memes or photos pop up on the internet asking Christmas to stay away for a little while longer. Though I understand where some people are coming from, for me and for other creatives, Christmas is a part of my life for about 8 months of the year.  My goal: to give a concert that brings up the warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia, family and all of the good memories that come along with the season.  My group and I go back and forth choosing which carol, which instruments and where to place the songs in the concert to create that atmosphere that “puts you in the Christmas spirit.”

 

So if that is the kind of experience you are looking for and if you are wanting something to do with a friend, loved one, grandma or niece, check out or dates and see if any work for you!

November 29th– Pinawa Community Centre, 7:30PM- Pinawa, MB

November 30th– Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 7:00PM- Winkler, MB

December 1st- Winchester Theatre, 2:30PM- Deloraine, MB

December 3rd- Holland United Church, 7:30PM- Holland, MB

December 4th- Sacred Heart Church, 7:00PM, Fannystelle, MB

December 5th- Burton Cummings Theatre, 7:30PM

December 7th-  Horizon Stage, 2:00PM- Spruce Grove, AB

December 7th- Horizon Stage, 7:30PM- Spruce Grove, AB

December 13th- Sunshine Coast Arts Council- 3:00PM, Sechelt, BC

December 13th-  Sunshine Coast Arts Council- 7:00PM, Sechelt, BC

December 14th-  Lions Bay House Concerts, 7:00PM, Lions Bay, BC

December 15th- Maury Young Arts Centre, 4:00PM, Whistler, BC

Tickets found HERE.

Our musicians this year include:
The amazing and wonderful Kim Robertson on Celtic harp, vocals and of course, we feature her incredible arrangements.

Joaquin Ayala- multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire. The multiple instruments that Joaquin plays including the nyckelharpa, symphonie, tambura, harmonium and more!

Myself! (p.s. Did you see my posts on Instagram and Facebook about the ridiculously fun show I got to play with at Rogers Arena with THE WHO in October?!)

New to the group this year: Serena Eades. She is a vibrant musicians and person, a graduate from the Berkley School of Music and from the Sunshine Coast. She can sing, play all sorts of genres and textures on her instrument and we are so excited to have her!

Join us as we take you on a nostalgic journey that will craft lasting memories for you and the special people in your life.

And until then, all the best to you and your loved ones and I hope to see you there!