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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Charles Richard-Hamelin’s “proper debut”

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.

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Aizuri cellist wins Washington Award

Aizuri cellist wins 2016 Washington Award

Aizuri Quartet cellist Karen Ouzounian has been awarded the 2016 Washington Award by the S & R Foundation. See Karen in Toronto when the Aizuri quartet plays Music in the Afternoon April 6. Toronto-born, Karen has been described as “radiant and “expressive” by the New York Times. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet.

The Washington Award recognizes talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts,

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“Outstanding concert”… James Sommerville

Bounce world première – “full of suspense and mystery”.
Penelope Cookson, WMCT Artist Selection Committee member shares her views of Sommerville concert.

James Sommerville presented an outstanding concert in Walter Hall for Music in the Afternoon Nov. 24. The French horn is not often featured in recital, and this was a marvellous opportunity to hear the instrument masterfully played in an intimate setting. Sommerville was accompanied by Peter Longworth,

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Toronto Wagner Society Interviews Issachah Savage

Frances Henry, president of the Toronto Wagner Society interviewed Issachah Savage at a special meeting of the group Tuesday. “It was a wonderful session.  TWS members loved the warm and humble personality of Mr. Savage”, said Joseph So who attended.  Many had heard Mr. Savage in the two performances of Siegmund he sang at the COC Walkure.


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Obituary: Marina Geringas

Teacher of elite pianists played last concert for Music in the Afternoon in 1982.

Marina Geringas, much-loved teacher and performer died at her home in Toronto on June 20 at the age of 77.  Russian-born, she lived through the Second World War in the Soviet Union and immigrated to Canada in 1975. In addition to performing, she became a leading teacher at both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto.

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