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.
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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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Stotijn Concert Review
“One of the very few truly superb recitalists in front of the public today, mezzo Stotijn offers a beautiful voice with consummate musical intelligence ….”
“Through it all, Julius Drake was a rock for the singer. ..I am just so happy Drake comes to Toronto frequently – it’s always a pleasure to hear him play.”
Read Joseph So’s concert review in La Scena Musicale here:
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118th Season Subscriptions
Music in the Afternoon
‘Early-bird’ until June 30, 2015 – $165
After June 30 – $190
Phone WMCT office 416-923-7052
Click here for online subscription form
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Jens Lindemann Triumph
Jens Lindemann Makes History at the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto
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President Annette Sanger discusses
the Jens Lindemann concert
Although I am President of the WMCT, I assure you that the following is written from the bottom of my heart and not simply to promote the WMCT. I feel strongly that we should have a record of this unusual and quite marvellous concert in the 117th season of Music in the Afternoon.
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Music Lover James Stewart Dies
The WMCT was truly saddened to hear of the passing of Professor James Stewart, an avid lover of classical music and generous donor. We were indeed fortunate to have our fundraiser at his home, Integral House, last May. It was a very unusual and spectacular venue, and a wonderful concert in support of a significant event in the history of the club – the 10th presentation of the Career Development Award in 2015. Our sincere condolences to James Stewart’s family and friends.
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