National Music Centre announces Crossroads series, a cross-cultural exploration of music in Canada

December 14, 2017

The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce a new cross-cultural concert series, called Crossroads, which will kick off with an all-day music festival at Studio Bell on January 25.

Visitors can enjoy free youth-focused performances and education workshops with Persian santur player Amir Amiri and Juno-nominated performer Carl Berger. A ticketed evening performance will follow with Order of Canada recipient and trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann and world-renowned percussionist Gilad Dobrecky. Tickets for the evening program cost $30 and are on sale now here.

Each of the artists featured are from various geographical backgrounds, and will share a wide range of traditions and contemporary expressions of the Jewish-Canadian experience through music.

“Music can bridge cultural barriers and be used as an effective tool for education,” said Adam Fox, NMC’s Director of Programs. “The National Music Centre is excited to pilot this program and welcome members of various cultural communities in Calgary and Canada to learn about, and share, their musical history and practices.”

Crossroads: Deserts, Mountains and the Sea daytime schedule:

10:00 am-11:00 am Buskers from Jewish-Canadian community perform in Canada Music Square
11:00 am-12:00 pm Music for Munchkins with Carl Berger, an epic hour of silly songs, rhymes and traditional children’s songs, in Performance Hall
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Buskers from Jewish-Canadian community perform in Canada Music Square
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Amir Amiri & Friends Concert in Performance Hall


Crossroads: An evening with Jens Lindemann and Gilad Dobrecky evening schedule:

7:30 pm Jens Lindemann and the Gilad Dobrecky Concert in Performance Hall


A German-born Canadian of Polish-Jewish descent, Jens Lindemann is the first classical brass player to ever receive the Order of Canada and the leading trumpet soloist in Canada’s history. An internationally recognized virtuoso, his work has garnered him multiple Juno Award and Grammy nominations.

Gilad Dobrecky is an Israel-born percussionist, composer and clinician, who fuses sounds from all over the globe, and has been called “one of the world’s top percussionists” by Jazziz magazine.

Amir Amiri is cross-cultural inventor of music who has established himself as one of the country’s foremost leading voices in Persian classical music.

Carl Berger is a Juno-nominated Toronto-based singer-musician that has been working with children for over 20 years. His interactive Music for Munchkins concerts were developed as a fun way to introduce music to babies and toddlers.

“The connections between Jewish music and North American culture are vast, and are often surprising to the listener,” said Carl Berger. “If you’ve ever wondered what Drake, Simon & Garfunkel, and KISS have in common, you’d be wise to look at their Jewish roots. You might even hear a ripping rendition of “White Christmas.” I grew up in a Jewish home in Toronto, and even though I wasn’t the most religious Jew, the songs and traditions were a strong part of my upbringing. I’m looking forward to sharing a few traditional Jewish songs with my young audience, and helping them understand how similar we all are!”

Daytime programs are free thanks to support from Sam & Ida Switzer, Jenny Belzberg and The Alvin & Mona Libin Foundation. Tickets for the evening program cost $30 and are on sale now. Please go here to purchase your tickets in advance.

NMC Members receive discounted admission to Crossroads, so purchase your membership online today! Details here.

Stay tuned for lineup details on upcoming Crossroads events in 2018 that highlight other cultural communities.

Special thanks to the Calgary Jewish Federation and media partner Calgary Herald for their support.

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