Women's Musical Club of Toronto

CelloDrama! encore: May 27 on CBC Radio 2

The final concert, from May 3 2018, in the 120th season of Music in the Afternoon was broadcast on CBC Radio 2 In Concert, Sunday May 27 (11 am – 3 pm, 94.1 in Toronto).

Enjoy these photos if you missed it!

Ariel Barnes joined Simon for the first work, a duo by Jean Barrière from 1740 Paris.  In an early one of the behind-the-scenes dramas, Ariel had been appointed solo cello of the Nürnberger Symphoniker soon after the program announcement: happily he was able to fly back from Germany to join us.

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Blake Pouliot has joined “The Club”

Diane Martello, WMCT president, with Blake Pouliot and his new official t-shirt.  After a week of concerts in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Toronto, the 2018 Career Development Winner paused on April 16 before flying off to Ottawa to performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, for a lunch with some WMCT and WMCTF Board members, and the CDA Committee.

 

 

 

Here is Blake with Annette Sanger, CDA Committtee Chair,

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Scholarship Winners give their Graduating Recitals

Two WMCT Scholarship Winners at the Faculty of Music, who performed at the Verity Club on March 20  will be giving their graduating recitals soon, in our favourite venue. Free!

Chieh-Ying Lu, the 2017-18 recipient of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto & Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation Graduate Fellowship, will have her 2nd year Oboe Master’s recital on Monday, April 16 at 4:30 PM in Walter Hall.

 

 

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CDA winner Shannon Mercer will have a merry month of May

Shannon Mercer, soprano, 2006 winner of the WMCT Career Development Award, regularly maintains a busy and challenging performance calendar of opera, concert, and recital engagements.

On May 3, in CelloDrama! she will sing, accompanied by WMCT Artistic Director Simon Fryer and seven other cellists, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s best-known work, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, his homage to Bach, and to the rhythms and folk melodies of his own country.

Then on May 15, Shannon will appear with Esprit Orchestra in the world première of a work by Montrealer Chris Paul Harman.

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CBC’s In Concert Broadcasts Stéphane Tétreault, 2015 CDA winner

Stéphane Tétreault, cellist, second place winner in the live Career Development Award contest in 2015, toured Europe in late 2017 with the Orchestre metropolitaine under its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  One of the concerts, performed at the Cité de la musique in Paris, will be broadcast on CBC Radio 2 In Concert, on Sunday April 15, 11 am-3 pm. Stéphane will be heard in the Elgar Cello concerto.

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CDA winner Blake Pouliot plays with the TSO, April 14 and15

In an all-Beethoven concert, Blake Pouliot, winner of the 2018 Career Development award will play the two Romances, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in two performances, April 14 and 15.

If you can’t make that, check out his new album, featuring the Debussy and Ravel sonatas, on Analekta.

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Marion Newman in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

Since her April 2007 recital in which she sang Bigiiwe (She is coming home), a WMCT commission by Barbara Croall, mezzo-soprano Marion Newman has sung standard roles such as Carmen, or Rosina in Barber of Seville to great acclaim.  Her First Nations heritage has informed her involvement in several projects highlighting indigenous stories.  Most recently she sang the title role in Victor Davies new opera, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, produced by Voicebox on March 24-25.

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WMCT “Alumnae” in concert: Rachel Mercer plays Vivian Fung

Rachel Mercer, cellist, winner of the first WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 1997, and of many other prizes since then, performs an all-Canadian programme for cello with electronics, including a new work by Vivian Fung, WMCT’s 2017 commissioned composer.
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph (Wellesley Subway)
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:30pm
General Admission, $15 Advance / $20 at the door

Another new work by Vivian, “Earworms”, will be given its Toronto premiere by the National Arts Centre Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall on March 24.

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Elias String Quartet “a marvellous concert”

Sara Bitlloch and Donald Grant, violins, Simone van der Giessen, viola, and Marie Bitlloch, cello gave “a lovely performance” of Schubert, Janáček and Beethoven to a near-capacity audience including string students from Alexander MacKenzie HS (pictured here with WMCT artistic director Simon Fryer, far right) and new Canadians taking advantage of the Cultural Access Pass program.  Read Joseph So’s review of the March 8, 2018 concert.

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