WMCT Artistic Mandate
The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto presents an annual series of world-class chamber music concerts by both well-established international and Canadian performers, and exceptional musicians on the threshold of their careers. Integral to the WMCT’s programming are the presentation of its Career Development Award winner every three years, and the Commission each season of a new chamber work by a Canadian composer for performance during that season’s Music in the Afternoon concert series.
Music in the Afternoon Concert Series
Music in the Afternoon, an annual series of five chamber music concerts, features a variety of established and emerging Canadian and international instrumentalists and vocalists – and complimentary cookies and beverages at intermission.
Historically the WMCT’s concert series brings international talent to Toronto. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Andres Segovia, and Leontyne Price made Canadian debuts. James Ehnes, Russell Braun, Glenn Gould, and Maureen Forrester are among the illustrious Canadians who have been presented. The History of Concerts and Performers of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto is a complete, searchable record of performers and repertoire presented from 1898 to 2018.
Pre-Concert Lecture Series
Professor, History & Culture, U of T
Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music
Tuning Your Mind, the pre-concert lecture series for member/subscribers, is offered in partnership with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Organized by Faculty of Music’s Professor Robin Elliott, the lectures pursue themes related to that day’s concert.
The WMCT sponsors an annual master class, taught by a soloist or ensemble from the concert series, usually at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Mariam Batsashvili presented the 121st season master class at Unionville High School.
Student Outreach includes inviting a public school group to every concert, with the support of a generous donor. All local post-secondary music students are offered free admission. The Club also participates in the “Canoo” Program of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, granting free admission to new Canadians in their first year of citizenship.