Women's Musical Club of Toronto

In Case You Missed It: last chance to buy CDs in a shop

L’Atelier Grigorian, supporters of the WMCT Tuning Your Mind pre-concert lectures, will be leaving Yorkville in mid-June, continuing only as an on-line business at grigorian.com

From the Facebook page: ” From now until mid-June, our entire stock will be on sale and everything must go. Since most of our stock is a single copy of each item, these will be our last copies of thousands of rare, popular and otherwise unavailable titles.”

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Mariam Batsashvili reviewed by Joseph So and by UHS students

Review by Joseph So published on Ludwig-van

Her master class at UHS

The day before her Music in the Afternoon recital, Mariam gave a master class for advanced piano students at Unionville High School for the Arts. She listened to three young performers, then offered guidance and advice. One of them wrote:

“Learning under the tutelage of a great pianist is always a pleasure, but my master class with the fantastic Mariam Batsashvilli was an entirely different experience altogether.

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Charles Richard-Hamelin’s new Chopin CD with Kent Nagano gets UK radio play

A few months after receiving the 10th WMCT Career Development Award, Charles was the silver medalist and winner of the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata, at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. He has just issued a CD of Chopin concertos, with Kent Nagano and the OSM.

The CD received immediate attention in the UK. Classic FM, the most important classical radio station in London,

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“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep these courageous couriers…”

Tomorrow is concert day, and that means program booklets, the banner, and lots more. It’s also Launch Day for the 122nd Season, 2019-2020, and that means brochures, subscription forms, and lots more. Diane, Jerri and Julia show they have the right stuff!

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JUNO nominations for Blake Pouliot and Charles Richard-Hamelin

Blake (WMCT CDA 2018) and Charles (CDA 2015) are among the nominees for solo/chamber album of the year.
Complete JUNO 2019 list.

See the RCM listings for February 3, Sunday afternoon performances, by Blake at 1pm and Charles at 3pm.

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News from Vivian Fung, WMCT 2017 commissioned composer

Vivian sends her January 2019 Newsletter:

Happy New Year!  2018 was a busy year, with the premiere of my Earworms for orchestra, Shifting Landscapes for piano quartet for Ensemble Made in Canada’s Mosaique Project, and The Ice Is Talking for ice blocks and electronics commissioned by the Banff Centre. I’m also proud to have written on Motherhood and the Creative Process (According to Five Canadian Composers) which appeared in the blog Music on Main.

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Canada Council Awards for Blake Pouliot

Blake Pouliot, 2018 WMCT Career Development Award winner, has been awarded the Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Prize.  This $25,000 Prize is awarded to a musician, under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.  

Several WMCT CDA winners have been awarded this prize in earlier years: Shannon Mercer (2006), James Ehnes (1997),

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Career Development Award Winners become Mentors

The Toronto Summer Music Academy has announced its program for 2019. Two winners of the WMCT CDA will be mentors in its Chamber Music Institute:  Yegor Dyachkov (cello, 2000) and Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano, 2015).  They will coach ensembles and also perform with their students in reGENERATION concerts.

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Operalia: another first prize for Emily D’Angelo

“Emily D’Angelo, winner of the 2016 Met Auditions at the incredibly young age of 21, is currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program there. Tonight, she virtually cleaned up by winning four prizes – First Prize, Birgit Nilsson Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and the Rolex Audience Prize.  For the finals, she sang “Dopo notte” from Handel’s Ariodante with stunning fioritura.  She also sang a brilliantly idiomatic zarzuela.  Fellow mezzo Rihab Chaieb was the Third Prize Winner, combining rich vocalism with alluring stage presence in “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila.

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