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TSO Role for Afiara Cellist

Afiara String Quartet cellist, Adrian Fung has just been named Vice-President of Innovation with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a new role in the TSO’s management team. Mr. Fung is a founding member of the Afiara String Quartet. The group, and Caroline Léonardelli will open Music in the Afternoon’s 118th season this Thursday, October 15.

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Kitchen to Carnegie Hall – Book

*From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s
Symphony Orchestra, 

This new book by Faculty of Music, University of Toronto Ph.D candidate,
Maria Noriega Rachwall, documents the fascinating and groundbreaking story
of the first all-women’s symphony orchestra in Canada, formed in 1940, and
directed by the first Canadian female conductor, Ethel Stark. Amazingly,
after just seven years, the orchestra took to the stage at Carnegie Hall
the first Canadian orchestra to play in that most prestigious of venues!

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Erica Goodman TYM Speaker

Erica Goodman Tuning Your Mind Speaker Oct. 15

World acclaimed solo harpist Erica Goodman is the Tuning Your Mind speaker at the first concert of the 118th season. Her talk will precede the Oct. 15 Music in the Afternoon concert with harpist Caroline Léonardelli and the Afiara String Quartet.

A native of Toronto, Erica Goodman received her training at the Royal Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philidelphia.

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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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In Memoriam – George Brough

In Memoriam George Brough – 1918 – 2015

Longtime WMCT member and fixture in the Canadian classical music community George Brough died in Toronto, September 15. He was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, February 25, 1918, and became pianist, organist, harpsichordist, and opera coach. Music was the heart of his life and he and his friend and companion of 43 years, Simone Desilets have been part of the WMCT community for many years.

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Composer on the Move…

Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri was pretty busy with commissions – including one for the WMCT – when she was called by the National Arts Centre and offered another.

But the fact that the result would be Dear Life, the most ambitious commissioned work undertaken by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, was too good to pass up.

Di Castri’s 25-minute-long score will have pride of place in the first concert led by Alexander Shelley as NACO’s seventh music director.

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Globe Features Kolesnikov

Russian Pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, who plays Music in the Afternoon on May 5, 2016, is featured in a Globe and Mail story on the Honens Piano Competition which he won in 2012.

“It completely changed my life,” Kolesnikov says of winning the world’s largest piano prize: $100,000 plus a career-development program worth $500,000, awarded every three years to a twentysomething emerging artist.

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