We’ve been here before… and we’ve survived

The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto has been holding Music in the Afternoon concerts since well before the flu pandemic of 1918-1919. We have endured two World Wars, depressions and recessions, and in 2020-21 another devastating virus. We will survive this one too.

Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Competition will present a recital of Schubert and Chopin for Music in the Afternoon on March 4, 2021

Thanks to our generous subscribers and donors, Eric Lu’s recital is free of charge.

Read the Program and outstanding Notes.

The 123rd season will continue mostly as planned, with virtual appearances by our promised artists. We have every intention of lasting another 123 years, giving you opportunities to enjoy Canadian and international chamber musicians, and supporting young artists with scholarships and awards.

Alberto Guerrero, teacher of Glenn Gould and John Beckwith, performed works by Beethoven and Debussy for the WMCT on December 19, 1918

Five Extraordinary Concerts | 123rd Season | 2020-2021

March 4, 2021 | 1.30 pm (Note Date Change) A Video Event

ERIC LU, piano
A solo piano recital of Schubert’s A major sonata D. 959 and two Chopin Preludes from op. 28 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.  Here’s a sample of what to expect on March 4.

Joyce El Khoury

April 1, 2021 | 1.30 pm (Note Date Change) A Video Event

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

May 6, 2021 | 1.30 pm

For this 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! Each quartet will perform a work of their choice in the first half and then together present Mendelssohn’s famous octet for the second. This promises to provide a spectacular lift to the season – a season experience already well spiced with diversity and innovation. .   MORE

June 24, 2021 | 1.30 pm (rescheduled from October 8, 2020)

RAMON ORTEGA QUERO, oboe; Annika Treutler, piano
The season closes 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. MORE