Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
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The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, known as ArtsNL, is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. ArtsNL receives an annual grant from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports these artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

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Mail: P.O. Box 98, St. John's, NL, A1C 5H5
Office Location: The Newman Building
1 Springdale Street, St. John's, NL

Tel: (709) 726-2212     Fax: (709) 726-0619
Toll Free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

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Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra / Lady Cove -
Sinfonia 3: Makkipok!

Location: St. John's, NL

Over 200 years ago, Moravian missionaries introduced European classical music to the Inuit people of Labrador. The Moravians used it to aid their effort to teach religion and left the communities they visited with a rich choral and instrumental tradition. Dr. Tom Gordon researched that musical history in communities along coastal Labrador, yielding a catalogue of hundreds of musical manuscripts. Lady Cove’s artistic director, Kellie Walsh, has done work in Labrador for a number of years and worked with Dr. Gordon for two of his projects. Walsh floated the idea of a joint presentation of the material with Newman’s Sound Men’s Choir, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and Deantha Edmunds, under Dr. Gordon’s guidance. The CBC is also producing a documentary about the collaboration. As Sinfonia 3: Makkipok has just taken place, we chat with Lady Cove’s Kellie Walsh and Hugh Donnan of the NSO to learn more …

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