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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.

Read the Globe story here:


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Back Stage Basics – The Lost Quartet

Back Stage Basics – The Lost Quartet

April 10, 2014.

It was my first time assisting with the “Green Room”, behind the scenes with the performers at a WMCT Music in the Afternoon concert. Evelyn O’Doherty, with years of experience, was in charge, and described the routine. The Pavel Haas Quartet would arrive at the Edward Johnson Building around 10, and have a couple of hours to rehearse in Walter Hall before the Tuning Your Mind lecture.

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Back Stage Basics – “What drums?”

Back Stage Basics – “What drums?”
Behind the scenes stories of “interesting moments” on concert day.

As back stage volunteers we arrive early at Walter Hall. A key for the performers’ lounge, known as the “Green Room” is picked up at Reception and we await the arrival of our artists. Usually they appear a little before 10 a.m.

We are so thrilled to have you here to perform for the WMCT! How was your flight? Do you need help with parking?

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WMCT Alumni – Paul Lewis

WMCT Alumni – Paul Lewis

To great acclaim, Paul Lewis made his Toronto debut in Music in the Afternoon’s 115th season on Oct. 18, 2012. This summer, he’ll play Stratford Summer Music on July 29 at 2 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, in Stratford.

Earlier this spring, he was attacked by a seagull in Liverpool, giving the British media the opportunity to state:

The Birds are Bach


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WMCT Alumni – Measha

WMCT Alumni – Measha

Measha Brueggergosman has history with the WMCT. She’s both an award winner and performer. In 1995 she received the Joan B. Wilch Award in Voice and she performed in concerts in Walter Hall in 2000 and again in 2004.

In this beautiful YouTube video she and fellow east-coaster David Myles sing “Whole to My Half” celebrating babies, life, friendship and great hair.

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Remarks from the jury of the CDA competition on April 26

CDA Jury Remarks

Thank you to our many members (and their friends and families) who attended the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition on Sunday, April 26. Feedback from everyone has been unanimously positive – it was definitely a very important and special afternoon in the musical life of the Club, Toronto, and Canada. The three finalists were all consummate performers and it was clearly a challenge for the jury to choose between them for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

The jury has compiled some remarks that we would like to share with you.

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Stotijn concert review – “Superb Recital …”

Stotijn Concert Review

“One of the very few truly superb recitalists in front of the public today, mezzo Stotijn offers a beautiful voice with consummate musical intelligence ….”


“Through it all, Julius Drake was a rock for the singer. ..I am just so happy Drake comes to Toronto frequently – it’s always a pleasure to hear him play.”


Read Joseph So’s concert review  in La Scena Musicale here:

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