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, CBC Producer Alison Howard, and the cupcakes. Blake wrote to Annette he is “beyond humbled to get the opportunity to join…an incredible and laudable group”. Blake will be performing in Music in the Afternoon‘s 122nd Season, 2019-20. Follow his performances until then on his website.
Yes, the cupcakes! Individual stunners, made by Kathy Halliday, each with a spun-sugar musical motif, including “CDA” of course, a mini-instrument for Blake (complete with pegs), and the notation of the opening solo violin line in the second movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Kathy Halliday, far right, Blake’s parents Les and Christine Pouliot, far left, and the rest of the lucky cupcake eaters.