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,
… Read more WMCT Foundation supports Frances Armstrong, pianist, in the Toronto Summer Music Academy
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,
… Read more In Memoriam: Peter Longworth
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.
… Read more CelloDrama! encore: May 27 on CBC Radio 2
Diane Martello, WMCT president, with Blake Pouliot and his new official t-shirt. After a week of concerts in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Toronto, the 2018 Career Development Winner paused on April 16 before flying off to Ottawa to performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, for a lunch with some WMCT and WMCTF Board members, and the CDA Committee.
Here is Blake with Annette Sanger, CDA Committtee Chair,
… Read more Blake Pouliot has joined “The Club”
Two WMCT Scholarship Winners at the Faculty of Music, who performed at the Verity Club on March 20 will be giving their graduating recitals soon, in our favourite venue. Free!
Chieh-Ying Lu, the 2017-18 recipient of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto & Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation Graduate Fellowship, will have her 2nd year Oboe Master’s recital on Monday, April 16 at 4:30 PM in Walter Hall.
… Read more Scholarship Winners give their Graduating Recitals
Shannon Mercer, soprano, 2006 winner of the WMCT Career Development Award, regularly maintains a busy and challenging performance calendar of opera, concert, and recital engagements.
On May 3, in CelloDrama! she will sing, accompanied by WMCT Artistic Director Simon Fryer and seven other cellists, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s best-known work, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, his homage to Bach, and to the rhythms and folk melodies of his own country.
Then on May 15, Shannon will appear with Esprit Orchestra in the world première of a work by Montrealer Chris Paul Harman.
… Read more CDA winner Shannon Mercer will have a merry month of May
Vincent Lauzer, 2012 Career Development Award Winner, has released an album of Vivaldi concertos on ATMA. Lauzer is accompanied by Arion Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Weimann.
… Read more Another CDA winner, Another CD….
Stéphane Tétreault, cellist, second place winner in the live Career Development Award contest in 2015, toured Europe in late 2017 with the Orchestre metropolitaine under its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. One of the concerts, performed at the Cité de la musique in Paris, will be broadcast on CBC Radio 2 In Concert, on Sunday April 15, 11 am-3 pm. Stéphane will be heard in the Elgar Cello concerto.
… Read more CBC’s In Concert Broadcasts Stéphane Tétreault, 2015 CDA winner
In an all-Beethoven concert, Blake Pouliot, winner of the 2018 Career Development award will play the two Romances, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in two performances, April 14 and 15.
If you can’t make that, check out his new album, featuring the Debussy and Ravel sonatas, on Analekta.
… Read more CDA winner Blake Pouliot plays with the TSO, April 14 and15
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.
… Read more Marion Newman in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe