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« It was standing room only in the atrium at Brandon City Hall on Sunday for an award-winning Cree composer’s concert featuring the university’s chorale group, an Indigenous Songkeeper, a tenor soloist, and a lone cello.

Manitoba’s Andrew Balfour is a Juno-nominated Indigenous composer who was Brandon University’s artist-in-residence last week. His piece, War Oratorio Nôtinikêw, (Going to War), tells the stories of forgotten Indigenous soldiers through music.

“This is an anti-war oratorial. I’m not a war veteran, but I’ve listened to a lot of stories, and I want to try to tell them the best way I can. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to be in a foxhole with artillery coming from a mile away.

The idea that youth was cannon fodder is the worst crime, it’s the worst crime,” Balfour said.

Balfour was curator and composer-in-residence of the Winnipeg Symphony’s inaugural Indigenous Festival in 2017 and was awarded a gold medal by the Senate of Canada for his contribution to Canada’s Indigenous and music communities…. »