News & Notes

“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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JUNO nominations for Blake Pouliot and Charles Richard-Hamelin

Blake (WMCT CDA 2018) and Charles (CDA 2015) are among the nominees for solo/chamber album of the year.
Complete JUNO 2019 list.

See the RCM listings for February 3, Sunday afternoon performances, by Blake at 1pm and Charles at 3pm.

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News from Vivian Fung, WMCT 2017 commissioned composer

Vivian sends her January 2019 Newsletter:

Happy New Year!  2018 was a busy year, with the premiere of my Earworms for orchestra, Shifting Landscapes for piano quartet for Ensemble Made in Canada’s Mosaique Project, and The Ice Is Talking for ice blocks and electronics commissioned by the Banff Centre. I’m also proud to have written on Motherhood and the Creative Process (According to Five Canadian Composers) which appeared in the blog Music on Main.

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Canada Council Awards for Blake Pouliot

Blake Pouliot, 2018 WMCT Career Development Award winner, has been awarded the Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Prize.  This $25,000 Prize is awarded to a musician, under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.  

Several WMCT CDA winners have been awarded this prize in earlier years: Shannon Mercer (2006), James Ehnes (1997),

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Career Development Award Winners become Mentors

The Toronto Summer Music Academy has announced its program for 2019. Two winners of the WMCT CDA will be mentors in its Chamber Music Institute:  Yegor Dyachkov (cello, 2000) and Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano, 2015).  They will coach ensembles and also perform with their students in reGENERATION concerts.

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Operalia: another first prize for Emily D’Angelo

“Emily D’Angelo, winner of the 2016 Met Auditions at the incredibly young age of 21, is currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program there. Tonight, she virtually cleaned up by winning four prizes – First Prize, Birgit Nilsson Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and the Rolex Audience Prize.  For the finals, she sang “Dopo notte” from Handel’s Ariodante with stunning fioritura.  She also sang a brilliantly idiomatic zarzuela.  Fellow mezzo Rihab Chaieb was the Third Prize Winner, combining rich vocalism with alluring stage presence in “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila.

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WMCT Foundation supports Frances Armstrong, pianist, in the Toronto Summer Music Academy

The Toronto Summer Music Academy is a summer training programs for chamber musicians and singers 18-35 years old who are on the verge of a professional performance career, with tuition paid by sponsors.

Frances Armstrong began her piano studies at age ten in Vancouver, BC, and discovered her love of working with singers when she was a teenager. In April 2017, she graduated with distinction with her Bachelor’s Degree in Solo Piano Performance from the University of Victoria,

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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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CelloDrama! encore: May 27 on CBC Radio 2

The final concert, from May 3 2018, in the 120th season of Music in the Afternoon was broadcast on CBC Radio 2 In Concert, Sunday May 27 (11 am – 3 pm, 94.1 in Toronto).

Enjoy these photos if you missed it!

Ariel Barnes joined Simon for the first work, a duo by Jean Barrière from 1740 Paris.  In an early one of the behind-the-scenes dramas, Ariel had been appointed solo cello of the Nürnberger Symphoniker soon after the program announcement: happily he was able to fly back from Germany to join us.

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