chvnradio.com

Now Playing What just played?

THE COLOR

ONE SURE THING

Listen Live

He started in Morden and went all around the world. Now he's back in Winnipeg to conduct a special choir performance.

John Wiens grew up in, at that time, the town of Morden, Manitoba. It may not seem like a musical town from the outside looking in, but Wiens said that is all he saw.

"When I was a kid, I grew up with an enormously talented group of children," Wiens said. "There was also a music school and a number of other places for us to get our creative juices going."

When he was three, he asked his parents for violin lessons. He received them when he was four. Wiens and his friends would carpool to Winnipeg for violin, cello and piano lessons as they continued to grow their musical talent.

"Some of the kids I grew up with are university professors in music or playing in some of the countries best ensembles," Wiens mentioned.

As a conductor, he has since travelled all over the world, conducting choirs in Belgium, Morocco and Montreal. He has degrees in violin, voice and in conducting. And now he is taking on a new challenge as the Chorusmaster of the newly formed Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

"It's always interesting to find out what will work," Wiens said about working with a new group. "[It's] an awful lot of fun."

The ensemble will be performing Handel's Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on December 15 and 16. Wiens says the Messiah is one of the great scores, but it's also incredibly hard to sing. But it's a Christmas classic.

"It's so incredibly festive," Wiens said when asked why it fits so well into Christmas. "It was written for a special occasion and Christmas is one of the biggest special occasions."

Wiens said that he's enjoyed working with the singers and cannot wait to see how they sound alongside the orchestra.

Some Mennonites face threat of losing citizenship

A significant number of Manitobans who have lost their Canadian citizenship are waiting…

Windsor Park Library closing to prepare for move

Windsor Park Library will be closed at the end of the week as they prepare to move to a…

Canada Deaf Games coming to Winnipeg

Winnipeg will be hosting the 2018 Canada Deaf Games this week.

CMHR marks Louis Riel Day with special tour

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) gave visitors a chance to learn about the…

Bold in the Cold: Almost 100 people take part in Pan Am Place sleep out

95 people took part in a sleep out this year in support of Pan Am Place and Pan Am Boxing…

Multiple dogs found without food and water in Northern Manitoba home

A mother dog and her five puppies were kept in a dark room without food and water for…

Coun. Mayes: "We owe it to the family"

A Winnipeg city Councillor wants to expand an upcoming traffic study to include a stretch…

Volunteers needed for second Winnipeg Street Census

Just under 30 community partners and organizations are working together to put on the…

Pastor's tips on a meaningful and happy marriage

A meaningful and happy marriage isn't about emotions you feel from being with a person --…

Water main break shuts down Cavalier

A major water main break has shut down a secondary street during the morning commute.

Steve Bell satisfied with his journey but isn't done yet

Winnipeg singer-songwriter Steve Bell picked up even more Covenant Awards, but he isn't…

Celebrating culture with Festival Du Voyageur

The executive director for Festival du Voyageur says the celebrations have begun.

Cool, clean and compelling films come to Winnipeg

It's the eighth annual Real to Reel Film Festival and it all kicks off on Tuesday.

CCM New Artist of the Year amazed at the journey

Brooke Nicholls just broke onto the scene but has already opened for big names and won…

Franco-fun highlights days off: Long weekend family fun

It's going to be a French weekend as Festival de Voyageur kicks off.

Pan Am Pool construction project begins this summer

On February 15, the City announced an investment of $2.6 million will replace the…

One in five Manitoban homes is infected by cancer-causing gas

"Health Canada reduced the guidelines for radon on indoor air back in 2007. Since then,…

Free fishing weekend across Manitoba

Get outside this weekend and enjoy both free park passes and free fishing across Manitoba.

Love & The Outcome coming home for two nights

Winnipeg-raised Love & The Outcome is coming back to their hometown for two nights of…

Blowing snow across Red River Valley Thursday morning

Blowing snow across the Red River Valley could cause visibility issues on the highways.