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Charles Richard-Hamelin’s next Toronto appearance

 

Our celebrated 2015 Career Development Award winner will appear in Peter Oundjian’s final Mozart Festival, on January 19, 2018, to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.23 in A major, K.488, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Details and ticket information on the TSO website.

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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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Jean Edwards retires at 90

 

Canadian soprano and long time WMCT member Jean Edwards said farewell to the stage recently in a fund-raising concert at the Heliconian Hall. For her surprise finale Jean dressed as a ballerina complete with tutu sang the piece made famous by the British comedienne Beatrice Lillie, “There are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden”.

 

 

See Joseph So’s report in Musical Toronto.

 

 

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Joseph So interviews Issachah Savage

 

“The moment Savage started to sing, our collective jaw dropped. It was clear that this was a major voice.”

Read Joseph So’s interview with Issachah Savage.

 

“In the world of opera, good tenors are always in short supply. Unlike the baritone voice which is in the range of the typical male speaking voice, the tenor voice is like a high-wire act, singing up to a high C and beyond.

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April 7 Tuning Your Mind Speaker

April 7 12:15 pm : Tuning Your Mind Speaker

Katharine Rapoport, violist.

Mysteries of the alto clef revealed!

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1:30 pm – Dannthology

Steven Dann, viola, with: Nico Dann, percussion; Robin Dann, voice; Lucas Dann, piano; Ilana Zarankin, soprano; Joel Quarrington, double bass; James Parker, piano

Program
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Passacaglia in C Minor
Zosha Di Castri – Near Mute Force —

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Emily D’Angelo wins MET Auditions

Mezzo soprano Emily D’Angelo, who won the WMCT Centennial Scholarship last year has earned another top prize.  She won The Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions in New York on Sunday along with four other singers, chosen from a group of nine. Emily is completing a degree in vocal performance at U of T.

Read Musical Toronto’s story. 

Read more about Emily in Musical Toronto Interview

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Charles Richard-Hamelin advances in Chopin Competition

 

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin who won first prize in the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition last April has advanced to the third round in the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Seventy eight pianists began the competition which were reduced to 43 in the second round and now 20 have advanced to the third. One other Canadian, Yike (Tony) Yang will also compete.

 

 

More Information about the Chopin competition here:
http://chopincompetition2015.com

More information about the CDA here:
https://www.wmct.on.ca/awards/career-development-award/

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Composer Connects Hip Hop and Classical

Composer Connects Hip Hop and Classical

Composer Christopher Mayo, whose WMCT commission Twentieth Century Ikon premièred at Music in the Afternoon last May, has made the leap from Hip Hop to Classical. His classical arrangement of Hip Hop superstar Drake’s Know Yourself was performed by members of the TSO at the 2015 Polaris Music Awards Gala in Toronto September 21.

Christopher Mayo’s WMCT commission was premièred by Ensemble Made in Canada,

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