Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri was pretty busy with commissions – including one for the WMCT – when she was called by the National Arts Centre and offered another.
“But the fact that the result would be Dear Life, the most ambitious commissioned work undertaken by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, was too good to pass up.
Di Castri’s 25-minute-long score will have pride of place in the first concert led by Alexander Shelley as NACO’s seventh music director.
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2015 Career Development Award laureates Charles Richard Hamelin and Stéphane Tétreault are the featured performers in a video produced by icimusique.ca celebrating the 80th birthday of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
View the video:
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Russian Pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, who plays Music in the Afternoon on May 5, 2016, is featured in a Globe and Mail story on the Honens Piano Competition which he won in 2012.
“It completely changed my life,” Kolesnikov says of winning the world’s largest piano prize: $100,000 plus a career-development program worth $500,000, awarded every three years to a twentysomething emerging artist.
Read the Globe story here:
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WMCT Alumni – Janina Fialkowsa
Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowsa played London’s Wigmore Hall this July.
“A pianist willing to take risks” – declared The Guardian reviewer.
Janina Fialkowska played Music in the Afternoon April 29, 2010.
Read review here… Read more WMCT Alumni – Janina Fialkowska
Back Stage Basics – The Lost Quartet
April 10, 2014.
It was my first time assisting with the “Green Room”, behind the scenes with the performers at a WMCT Music in the Afternoon concert. Evelyn O’Doherty, with years of experience, was in charge, and described the routine. The Pavel Haas Quartet would arrive at the Edward Johnson Building around 10, and have a couple of hours to rehearse in Walter Hall before the Tuning Your Mind lecture.
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Back Stage Basics – “What drums?”
Behind the scenes stories of “interesting moments” on concert day.
As back stage volunteers we arrive early at Walter Hall. A key for the performers’ lounge, known as the “Green Room” is picked up at Reception and we await the arrival of our artists. Usually they appear a little before 10 a.m.
“We are so thrilled to have you here to perform for the WMCT! How was your flight? Do you need help with parking?
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WMCT Alumni – Paul Lewis
To great acclaim, Paul Lewis made his Toronto debut in Music in the Afternoon’s 115th season on Oct. 18, 2012. This summer, he’ll play Stratford Summer Music on July 29 at 2 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, in Stratford.
Earlier this spring, he was attacked by a seagull in Liverpool, giving the British media the opportunity to state:
The Birds are Bach
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WMCT Alumni – Measha
Measha Brueggergosman has history with the WMCT. She’s both an award winner and performer. In 1995 she received the Joan B. Wilch Award in Voice and she performed in concerts in Walter Hall in 2000 and again in 2004.
In this beautiful YouTube video she and fellow east-coaster David Myles sing “Whole to My Half” celebrating babies, life, friendship and great hair.
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CDA Jury Remarks
Thank you to our many members (and their friends and families) who attended the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition on Sunday, April 26. Feedback from everyone has been unanimously positive – it was definitely a very important and special afternoon in the musical life of the Club, Toronto, and Canada. The three finalists were all consummate performers and it was clearly a challenge for the jury to choose between them for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
The jury has compiled some remarks that we would like to share with you.
… Read more Remarks from the jury of the CDA competition on April 26
Charles Richard-Hamelin wins CDA
President Annette Sanger awards pianist, Charles Richard-Hamelin the $20,000 first prize in the Career Development Award competition in Walter Hall, April 26.
Cellist Stéphane Tétreault, was
awarded $10,000 as second prize winner.
Shown here with collaboratist Marie-Eve Scarfone.
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