2020-2021 NEXT SEASON, our 123rd!

COVID-19 CONCERT CANCELLATIONS

As part of the effort to slow the spread of the pan(dem)ic, but with great regret, the WMCT has cancelled the last two concerts of this 122nd season: the April 2 concert, Beverley Johnston & Friends, and Blake Pouliot‘s violin recital on May 7.  If possible we will present these wonderful musicians some time in the future. We will miss the music, the cookies, and the companionship. Thanks to our members and friends for your understanding.  We wish you all a safe and healthy next several weeks.


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October 8, 2020 | 1.30 pm
RAMON ORTEGA QUERO, oboe; Annika Treutler, piano
The season opens with a rarity – a recital appearance by an oboist, indeed by one of the foremost oboists in the world. Offering a program of Ravel, both Schumanns (Clara and Robert), Snr. Ortega’s countryman De Falla, and Borne’s Carmen Fantasy, the music will range wiely, providing everything from fireworks to depth. As part of his visit Snr. Ortega Quero will be leading the WMCT-sponsored master class for students. MORE

November 12, 2020 | 1.30 pm MICHAEL BRIDGE, accordion; Kornel Wolak, clarinet, with TSO principal cellist Joseph Johnson, in a program of original compositions and arrangements of familiar music by Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Lutoslawski and Sydney Bechet. Michael’s mentor Joseph Macerollo – Canada’s patriarch of the accordion – appears in a duo by Canadian Andrew Staniland. There will be a new WMCT-commissioned work by Anna Pidgorna. MORE

March 4, 2021 | 1.30 pm
JOYCE EL-KHOURY, soprano; Serouj Kradjian, piano
Part of an expansive project involving national music and instrumentalists from the home countries (Lebanon, Armenia) of these artists. Songs by Bizet, Fauré, Chausson, Ravel and Saint-Saëns reflect Lebanon’s former colonial power, and twentieth-century Lebanese songs in Arabic demonstrate the vital culture of this jewel of the east.     MORE

April 1, 2020 | 1.30 pm ERIC LU, piano
A solo piano recital of Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Scriabin returns us to standard repertoire, with a brilliant performer.  Mr. Lu first came to international attention as a prize-winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17, becoming one of the youngest laureates in the history of the competition.  In 2018 he won First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. He made his BBC Proms debut the following year and is currently a member of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artist scheme.  MORE

May 6, 2021 | 1.30 pm
MARMEN QUARTET ||| VIANO QUARTET
For our final concert the WMCT is thrilled to take advantage of an unprecedented opportunity provided by the unique result of the most recent Banff International String Quartet Competition. Two string quartets tied for the 1st prize! The 123rd season of Music in the Afternoon closes with each quartet performing a work of their choice in the first half and then together presenting Mendelssohn’s famous octet for the second. This promises to provide a spectacular ending to our season – a season experience already well spiced with diversity and innovation. .   MORE

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