Where can you find Greek and Roman gods in Winnipeg? Lots of places it turns out. Ever since the Olympus exhibit opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery I’ve been looking for references to Greek and Roman gods in Winnipeg. I found another one on Sunday night. I was attending Bachtoberfest: An Evening in Leipzig at Canadian Mennonite University. A quartet of talented singers performed excerpts from a hunting cantata composed by Bach to serve as dinnertime entertainment at the 1713 birthday party of a German duke. The celebration was held in the duke’s hunting lodge.
Guess who the main cantata characters were? Diana, goddess of the hunt performed by soprano Rose van der Hooft, Endymion, Diana’s lover whose part was sung by tenor Nolan Kehler, Pan god of nature sung by bass Matt Baron and Pales goddess of shepherds and flocks sung by Lynette Ens. It was the first time I’d heard the cantata and it was delightful.
The Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery has helped me become familiar with so many Greek and Roman gods. It’s fun to see where else in Winnipeg I can spot them!