Simone Osborne threw her arms in the air and her signature big smile beamed as she greeted the Music in the Afternoon audience in Walter Hall Nov. 19.
Scant 30 hours before Isabel Leonard – due to illness – had cancelled her performance and Simone Osborne had graciously agreed to make her debut with the WMCT.
“The audience was indeed pleasantly surprised’, says Joseph So in his La Scena Musicale review.
“…it was a truly an auspicious WMCT debut.”
… Read more Simone Osborne’s Surprise Debut
Each year young singers from across Canada – preselected in auditions – are invited to compete in the Centre Stage finals for a spot in the COC Ensemble the following season. Mezzo soprano Emily D’Angelo, this years’ recipient of the WMCT’s $10,000 Centennial Scholarship, won both First Prize ($5,000) and the Audience Choice award ($1500) in the competition held at the Four Seasons Centre Tuesday, Nov. 3. Despite having to appear on crutches –
… Read more Congratulations Emily D’Angelo
Iain Scott – Tuning Your Mind Speaker
Nov. 19, 12:15 pm
before Isabel Leonard concert
Iain Scott is one of Canada’s leading experts on opera and the singing voice. He grew up in a small village in Scotland and came to Canada 45 years ago; he now lives in Toronto with his wife, Barbara. After a 30-year career working with engineers in Shell, chartered accountants in Deloitte, and consulting actuaries in Mercer, he founded his own company “OPERA-IS” (the IS is for “Iain Scott’) in 2002 to develop opera appreciation courses,
… Read more Iain Scott TYM Speaker Nov. 19
And indeed we are.
theWholenote managing editor Paul Ennis notes in the current issue that the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto was “justly proud” when Charles Richard-Hamelin won silver in the prestigious 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw last week. And even more than overly proud that the piano sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. performance that won him the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata is the very sonata that won him first prize in the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition last April.
… Read more “Justly proud…”
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Nov. 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm
in Walter Hall, U of T
From the opera houses and concert stages of the world, Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard comes to Music in the Afternoon. Currently singing the title role of Rossini’s sparkling comedy La Cenerentola for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, she brings to her Toronto concert a program of songs by Montsalvatge,
… Read more Next Concert – Isabel Leonard – Nov. 19
Charles Richard-Hamelin, first prize winner in the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition last April, has won Silver in the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. In addition he won the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata – Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. – the same sonata that won him first prize in the CDA competition.
The CDA competition prize includes a concert in Music in the Afternoon.
… Read more Richard-Hamelin Wins Silver in Chopin Competition
Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition last April, is one of two Canadians – along with Yike (Tony) Yang – advancing to the final stage of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In all 10 pianists have been chosen for the final stage.
No Canadian has ever reached the final stage of the International competition. Now there are two.
See CBC story and videos here:
Chopin Competition website here:
“He simply has no weaknesses”
… Read more CDA Winner Charles Richard-Hamelin in Finals
“Exploring the Wonders of the Harp”
“The Afiara String Quartet is celebrated for its performances of the Beethoven quartets, and so it is no surprise that on this occasion the players turned in a nuanced and beautifully realized interpretation.”
“…Léonardelli’s performance of both works was outstanding; she has made a fine recording of El Dorado in the chamber version and certainly makes a strong case for its merits.”
Read Robin Elliott’s review in Musical Toronto here.… Read more Léonardelli – Afiara MT Review
October 15, 2015.
The Afiara, “a quartet for the 21st century”
If you were in the audience for their participation in the Music in the Afternoon opening concert of the 118th season, you may have noticed a few missing page turns. If you were sitting close enough, you may have noticed the iPads on their music stands and the click pedals at their feet, as they read their parts from pdfs rather than paper for some of the pieces they performed – a première of a different sort for the WMCT.
… Read more Afiara…The e-Quartet
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:
More information about the CDA here:
… Read more Charles Richard-Hamelin advances in Chopin Competition