Stories

The project, described in this Globe & Mail article, involves a newly commissioned suite of piano quartets by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada, a national concert tour throughout the 2018-2020 season, and a specially designed website that showcases audience-generated artwork inspired by the musical commission.

Violinist Elissa Lee won the WMCT U of T Entrance Scholarship in 1993; cellist Rachel Mercer won the first WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 1997, and pianist Angela Park won in 2000. EMIC performed for Music in the Afternoon on May 7, 2015.

President of the WMCT 2001-2005, and chair of the 110th anniversary season celebrations, Danuta Buczysnki has received the Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Service Award as a ROM volunteer.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Service Award is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a ROM volunteer. Danuta Buczynski has been a dedicated ROM volunteer since 1987. Over the past 30 years she has immersed herself in the life of the Museum, both as a DMV member and a member of the ROM Board of Trustees. Danuta served as President of the ROM Reproductions Association, Co-Chair of the ROM Governance Committee, and participated in numerous other committees, including the Collections, Engagement and Research Committee, the Bishop White Committee, the Textile Committee, and the DMV’s Centennial Fundraising Committee. She is also a long-time Royal Patrons Circle member and Currelly Legacy Society member.

L’Atelier Grigorian, supporters of the WMCT Tuning Your Mind pre-concert lectures, will be leaving Yorkville in mid-June, continuing only as an on-line business at grigorian.com

From the Facebook page: ” From now until mid-June, our entire stock will be on sale and everything must go. Since most of our stock is a single copy of each item, these will be our last copies of thousands of rare, popular and otherwise unavailable titles.”

Tomorrow is concert day, and that means program booklets, the banner, and lots more. It’s also Launch Day for the 122nd Season, 2019-2020, and that means brochures, subscription forms, and lots more. Diane, Jerri and Julia show they have the right stuff!

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.

Critical reaction to the music was mixed but the performances were reviewed favourably:

“I simply want to call attention to great singing & acting. Marion Newman as Rita Joe was authoritative, very comfortable, very strong throughout, in a challenging role, totally believable and worthy of applause.”  (barczablog)

“Marion Newman in the title role also impressed.  Dramatically, there’s not much to work with to delineate Rita Joe’s fall from the “good Catholic girl from the reserve” to murdered thief and prostitute but Marion made the most of it.  She sang clearly (every word audible – just as well, no surtitles) and often eloquently and her stage persona was believable and often elicited sympathy.”(Opera ramblings)

Just along the hall from the WMCT offices, Choral Canada has released the results of the National Choral Census.  3.5 million Canadians (more than the population of Toronto) sing in choirs now!

The WMCT had the best Annual Meeting in town!

Half an hour of positive reports from the treasurer and president, then a mini-recital by Scholarship and Fellowship winners, a free lunch, and a floral “Thank you” to volunteers who plan and staff Music in the Afternoon, serve on awards, finance, and fundraising, committees, and document the history of the WMCT. For more photos, taken at the Women’s Art Association, see the WMCT Facebook page.

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada hosts our new office space, as reported on March 19 here.  Their work with young musicians culminates in an annual cross-country tour.  Musical Toronto reviewed the recent touch down in this city.  For further information about the NYOC, see the website.

2017 National Youth Orchestra of Canada

Fred and Hanna Feuerriegel have further revised the History of Concerts and Performers of the WMCT to include the 2016-2017 season, with clearer treatment of composers’ song cycles and collections.

Click here for a PDF version of this book

This indexed list of concerts, performers, and repertoires of WMCT concerts, has a table of contents and indexes hyperlinked to the listings – just click on the page number.   A look through the performer index confirms the WMCT’s reputation for bringing to Toronto audiences outstanding Canadian and international artists at the beginning of their careers.

Read this wonderful resource from cover to cover to appreciate the development of the WMCT, or search to find your favourite performers or musical works.  The Artists Selection Committee always has it at hand, or rather on screen, making sure that even masterpieces like the Mozart Clarinet Quintet are not programmed every year.  Cheers for Fred and Hanna!

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, evocative spaces.

The WMCT held a memorable concert in Integral House in 2014 to raise funds towards its 10th Career Development Award, which was a live competition won by Charles Richard-Hamelin.

Shannon Mercer, soprano, and Steven Philcox, piano, performed.

 

 

Film times and locations:

Tuesday May 2 –  7:15 pm – Isabel Bader Theatre

Wednesday May 3 – 10 am – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Friday May 5 –  4:30 pm – Fox Theatre

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