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In Case You Missed It: last chance to buy CDs in a shop

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.”

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“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep these courageous couriers…”

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!

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In Memoriam: Peter Longworth

Pianist and teach Peter Longworth has died at the early age of 54. Peter graced the WMCT stage five times, beginning with the Duke Piano Trio in the 102nd season, and most recently in 2016 during the 119th season, with James Sommerville, horn, and Scott St. John, violin. For a complete list, see the Feuerriegels’ Concert History.

John Terauds and Norman Lebrecht have written heartfelt tributes to his contributions to Toronto musical life.

Further appreciations by colleagues,

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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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In Memoriam : John D. McNeil

John McNeil died on February 26, 2018.  He was an Honorary Advisor to both the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and the Foundation, as well as a member of the Investment Committee, since its inception some 18 years ago.

John was the husband of Esther McNeil, founding chair of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation, and former two-time President of the WMCT.  John advised Esther when she created the Foundation 18 years ago, and was a vital partner in ensuring its successful launch and continuing growth.

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Volunteers honoured at the AGM Sept. 28

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.

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William Macrae – arts devotee

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.

Read The Globe story 

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Updated History

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.

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