News & Notes

Tuning Your Mind, October 5

Tuning Your Mind with Professor Anna Shternshis, Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.

Thursday, October 5, 12.15 pm | Walter Hall
Yoshke from Odessa and Other Heroes: Soviet Yiddish Songs of World War II
A historically significant archive of hundreds of Yiddish songs, collected from soldiers, refugees and other Soviet Jewish citizens, believed lost, has been discovered and brought back to life.

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Volunteers honoured at the AGM Sept. 28

The WMCT had the best Annual Meeting in town!

Half an hour of positive reports from the treasurer and president, then a mini-recital by Scholarship and Fellowship winners, a free lunch, and a floral “Thank you” to volunteers who plan and staff Music in the Afternoon, serve on awards, finance, and fundraising, committees, and document the history of the WMCT. For more photos, taken at the Women’s Art Association, see the WMCT Facebook page.

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This season’s WMCT Commissioned Composer has won another major prize

Kelly-Marie Murphy is the winner of the 2018 Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music, a $50,000 prize to a Canadian composer based on a proposal for a new work which expresses an aspect of the Jewish experience.

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Emily D’Angelo at Toronto Summer Music

TSM this year is a parade of WMCT Scholarship and Award winners, including David Braid, Jane Coop, James Ehnes, and Angela Park.  Leading the parade is Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano, 2015-2016 Centennial Scholar, featured on August 4 in both the “Last Night of the Festival, Eh!”  at 7 pm, and in the TSM Late Night Encore at 10.30.

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William Macrae – arts devotee

Noted Toronto ophthalmologist Dr. William (Bill) Grant Macrae has died in Collingwood. He and his wife Mandy were great friends and supporters of the WMCT and arts organizations in Toronto.   Mandy, a devoted volunteer, served as president of the WMCT for a three-year term beginning in 1998.

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Another Award for Charles

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has been invested into the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec (OALQ). Charles won the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition in 2015 and played the final concert in Music in the Afternoon’s 119th season on May 4.  It’s an incredible honour and achievement for Charles who is one of 16 people invested in the recent ceremony.

Congratulations from all your friends and supporters at the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.

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Aizuri Quartet wins at Osaka

Congratulations! The Aizuri Quartet have just won the Quartet Section of the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Miho Saegusa and Ariana Kim, violins, Ayane Kozasa, viola, and Karen Ouzounian, cello, are pictured here on the Walter Hall Stage, with Diane Martello, WMCT president (far left), and Robin Elliott (Tuning Your Mind speaker, and organizer of the pre-concert talks, far right) after their Music in the Afternoon performance on April 6.

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Updated History

Fred and Hanna Feuerriegel have further revised the History of Concerts and Performers of the WMCT to include the 2016-2017 season, with clearer treatment of composers’ song cycles and collections.

Click here for a PDF version of this book

This indexed list of concerts, performers, and repertoires of WMCT concerts, has a table of contents and indexes hyperlinked to the listings – just click on the page number.   A look through the performer index confirms the WMCT’s reputation for bringing to Toronto audiences outstanding Canadian and international artists at the beginning of their careers.

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