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.
Rachel Mercer, cellist, winner of the first WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 1997, and of many other prizes since then, performs an all-Canadian programme for cello with electronics, including a new work by Vivian Fung, WMCT’s 2017 commissioned composer.
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph (Wellesley Subway)
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:30pm
General Admission, $15 Advance / $20 at the door
Another new work by Vivian, “Earworms”, will be given its Toronto premiere by the National Arts Centre Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall on March 24.
Sara Bitlloch and Donald Grant, violins, Simone van der Giessen, viola, and Marie Bitlloch, cello gave “a lovely performance” of Schubert, Janáček and Beethoven to a near-capacity audience including string students from Alexander MacKenzie HS (pictured here with WMCT artistic director Simon Fryer, far right) and new Canadians taking advantage of the Cultural Access Pass program. Read Joseph So’s review of the March 8, 2018 concert.
Blake Pouliot,violin, is a versatile artist — a classical musician, film and television actor and keyboardist in an award-winning pop band. At age 23 he has already performed as a soloist with orchestras across North and South America, and will play again with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra April 14-15. He is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts 2013 Michael Mesure Prize, and the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition.
John McNeil died on February 26, 2018. He was an Honorary Advisor to both the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and the Foundation, as well as a member of the Investment Committee, since its inception some 18 years ago.
John was the husband of Esther McNeil, founding chair of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation, and former two-time President of the WMCT. John advised Esther when she created the Foundation 18 years ago, and was a vital partner in ensuring its successful launch and continuing growth.
Two works by Vivian Fung, WMCT’s commissioned composer in 2016, will be performed at Roy Thomson Hall. Dust Devils on March 3, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian, and Earworms, a newly commissioned work with the National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Alexander Shelley, on March 24. More information.
Emily D’Angelo, 2016 WMCT Scholarship recipient, currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Development program, is one of this year’s winners of the George London Foundation Awards. Read the complete story, written by Sara Schabas, 2012 WMCT Scholarship recipient, in LudwigVan/Toronto.
The 2015 Career Development Award winner describes his professional and personal development over the last two years.
Music in the Afternoon has just become a performing arts partner in the Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program. CAP is available to all new Canadians over 18, following their citizenship ceremony, and lasts for one year. It’s a year of free admission to more than 1,400 Canadian museums, art galleries, and historical sites, plus opportunities to attend concerts, dance and other events by performing arts partners right across Canada.
CAP is delivered by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC),
Watch the video: “A Canadian Musician of Astonishing Range.” Steve Paikin on the Agenda’s annual Music Show interviewed Sarah Slean, who will perform at Music in the Afternoon on May 3, 2018 with Simon Fryer and seven of his best Canadian cellist friends.