Acclaimed Composer Celebrates 85th Birthday

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Winnipeg new music concert series GroundSwell will help Robert Turner celebrate his 85th birthday on November 21. In a unique evening of music, Candles: Celebrating the Life and Music of Robert Turner will feature a program of works spanning the career of the Juno-nominated Winnipeg composer, teacher and broadcaster who recently received the Order of Canada.

The concert will include a rich variety of works and performances by acclaimed singers Rosemarie van der Hooft and Mel Braun, along with instrumentalists Gwen Hoebig, Karl Stobbe, Daniel Scholz, Yuri Hooker, David Moroz, and Olivia Ritchey. CBC Radio is set to record the evening for future broadcast.

Born in Montreal and trained at McGill and the Royal College of Music in London, Turner joined the faculty of the University of Manitoba in 1969 where he taught Theory and Composition until retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1985. Turner also served as Senior Music producer at the CBC in Vancouver.

In 1993, Turner was awarded The Commemorative Medal at the 125 Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. Ten years later, he was designated as a member of the Order of Canada and was also awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. Turner's Third Symphony was nominated for Classical Composition of the Year at the 2005 JUNO Awards and won the 2004 Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Classical Composition.

Since its debut on the arts scene 15 years ago, GroundSwell - Manitoba's only new music series - has cultivated and supported Canadian new music, in season after season of diverse programming. For more information on GroundSwell's current season of concerts, please visit

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