118th Concert Season

Tuning Your Mind, October 5

Tuning Your Mind with Professor Anna Shternshis, Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.

Thursday, October 5, 12.15 pm | Walter Hall
Yoshke from Odessa and Other Heroes: Soviet Yiddish Songs of World War II
A historically significant archive of hundreds of Yiddish songs, collected from soldiers, refugees and other Soviet Jewish citizens, believed lost, has been discovered and brought back to life.

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Emily D’Angelo at Toronto Summer Music

TSM this year is a parade of WMCT Scholarship and Award winners, including David Braid, Jane Coop, James Ehnes, and Angela Park.  Leading the parade is Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano, 2015-2016 Centennial Scholar, featured on August 4 in both the “Last Night of the Festival, Eh!”  at 7 pm, and in the TSM Late Night Encore at 10.30.

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Another Award for Charles

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has been invested into the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec (OALQ). Charles won the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition in 2015 and played the final concert in Music in the Afternoon’s 119th season on May 4.  It’s an incredible honour and achievement for Charles who is one of 16 people invested in the recent ceremony.

Congratulations from all your friends and supporters at the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.

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What’s Up With Our Scholarship Winners?

Myriam Blardone, harp and piano, winner of the WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 2016/17 has told us of four upcoming performances.
March 3  at a Canadian Music Competition fundraiser, she is playing a solo harp piece – Remenyi Music, 210 Bloor West  7 pm.

March 31 –  she’ll perform her third year solo piano recital in Father Madden Hall at U of T at 5:30 pm. And on May 1 her third year harp recital in Walter Hall at 2:30.

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Concert Showcases WMCT Award Winners

WMCT award winners in Generation Next concert

Three young artists – all WMCT award winners in 2015 – will perform in Generation Next a special concert part of the International Association of Arts Managers Conference to be held in Toronto in November.  Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin won the WMCT’s $20,000 Career Development Award competition in April 2015 and cellist Stéphane Tétreault won the $10,000 silver prize. Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo was awarded the $10,000 WMCT Centennial Scholarship.

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WMCT Commissions to Canadian Composers

Zoshi Di Castri’s presentation score of her new work premiered April 7, 2016, “Dannthology”. 

Since 2005 the WMCT has commissioned a new Canadian work each season, to be performed in a Music in the Afternoon concert.  Scores are deposited in the permanent collection of the Canadian Music Centre.

See the list of previous WMCT commissions.

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New Directions for the Afiara Quartet

The Afiara Quartet appearance last fall in the first concert of the Music in the Afternoon 118th season, turns out to have been one of its last.  An article in Musical Toronto says the quartet members are going separate ways this summer.  In a review of that concert for the WMCT, Robin Elliott wrote “The Afiara String Quartet is celebrated for its performances of the Beethoven quartets, and so it is no surprise that on this occasion the players turned in a nuanced and beautifully realized interpretation….providing the richest musical experience right at the beginning”

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