Commissioned Composer

Marion Newman in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

Since her April 2007 recital in which she sang Bigiiwe (She is coming home), a WMCT commission by Barbara Croall, mezzo-soprano Marion Newman has sung standard roles such as Carmen, or Rosina in Barber of Seville to great acclaim.  Her First Nations heritage has informed her involvement in several projects highlighting indigenous stories.  Most recently she sang the title role in Victor Davies new opera, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, produced by Voicebox on March 24-25.

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WMCT “Alumnae” in concert: Rachel Mercer plays Vivian Fung

Rachel Mercer, cellist, winner of the first WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 1997, and of many other prizes since then, performs an all-Canadian programme for cello with electronics, including a new work by Vivian Fung, WMCT’s 2017 commissioned composer.
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph (Wellesley Subway)
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:30pm
General Admission, $15 Advance / $20 at the door

Another new work by Vivian, “Earworms”, will be given its Toronto premiere by the National Arts Centre Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall on March 24.

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Vivian Fung at Roy Thomson Hall

Two works by Vivian Fung, WMCT’s commissioned composer in 2016, will be performed at Roy Thomson Hall.  Dust Devils on March 3, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian, and Earworms, a newly commissioned work with the National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Alexander Shelley, on March 24.  More information.

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Premiere of Vivian Fung’s new work for the Daedalus Quartet live streaming

Vivian Fung, who was WMCT’s commissioned Canadian composer for 2016, has written a new Clarinet Quintet, “Frenetic Memories,” for the Daedalus Quartet with Romie de Guise-Langlois, who performed for us in March 2016.  This work featuring WMCT “Alumni” will be live-streamed from Lincoln Center, Thursday November 9, at 9 pm.

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This season’s WMCT Commissioned Composer has won another major prize

Kelly-Marie Murphy is the winner of the 2018 Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music, a $50,000 prize to a Canadian composer based on a proposal for a new work which expresses an aspect of the Jewish experience.

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