Noted Toronto ophthalmologist Dr. William (Bill) Grant Macrae has died in Collingwood. He and his wife Mandy were great friends and supporters of the WMCT and arts organizations in Toronto. Mandy, a devoted volunteer, served as president of the WMCT for a three-year term beginning in 1998.
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.
Congratulations! The Aizuri Quartet have just won the Quartet Section of the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Miho Saegusa and Ariana Kim, violins, Ayane Kozasa, viola, and Karen Ouzounian, cello, are pictured here on the Walter Hall Stage, with Diane Martello, WMCT president (far left), and Robin Elliott (Tuning Your Mind speaker, and organizer of the pre-concert talks, far right) after their Music in the Afternoon performance on April 6.
Canadian composer John Beckwith delivers the Tuning Your Mind lecture on May 4 before the Charles Richard-Hamelin Concert.
The lecture in Walter Hall starts at 12:15 pm.
Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival features “Integral Man” this week about the late Jim Stewart a successful mathematician who spent a decade and a small fortune building Toronto’s Integral House, considered by many one of the city’s best performance spaces.
“After Euclid, Jim Stewart is the most published mathematician in the world”, says the Hot Docs description. Integral House reflects his two obsessions, curves and music. It is a stunning architectural gem of subtly curved wood and vast,
Charles Richard-Hamelin plays Music in the Afternoon May 4 in his first solo Toronto recital. “I’m looking forward to my proper Toronto recital debut,” he said in a recent note to past president and Career Development Award chair Annette Sanger.
Annette presented Charles with first prize in April 2015 when he won the Career Development Award 10th Anniversary competition in Walter Hall.
That same year he went on to win silver in the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata at the competition.
Tuning Your Mind Speaker – April 6
Pre- concert lecture at 12:15 pm
Dr. Robin Elliott, Professor of Musicology who holds the Jean A. Chambers Chair in Canadian Music at the University of Toronto will present the Tuning Your Mind lecture before the Aizuri Quartet concert on April 6.
The lecture is in Walter Hall at 12:15 pm. Dr. Elliott organizes the Tuning Your Mind pre-concert lecture series for Music in the Afternoon.
After many years at 56 The Esplanade, the WMCT office moved into new digs on a wickedly cold and rainy March 18. Now sharing space with the National Youth Orchestra, the new address is:
59 Adelaide St. E. Suite 500, Toronto, On M5C 1K6
Phones remain the same: 416-923-7052
And concerts are still in the great Walter Hall at the Faculty of Music, U of T.