The National Youth Orchestra of Canada hosts our new office space, as reported on March 19 here. Their work with young musicians culminates in an annual cross-country tour. Musical Toronto reviewed the recent touch down in this city. For further information about the NYOC, see the website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian composer John Beckwith delivers the Tuning Your Mind lecture on May 4 before the Charles Richard-Hamelin Concert.
The lecture in Walter Hall starts at 12:15 pm.
Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival features “Integral Man” this week about the late Jim Stewart a successful mathematician who spent a decade and a small fortune building Toronto’s Integral House, considered by many one of the city’s best performance spaces.
“After Euclid, Jim Stewart is the most published mathematician in the world”, says the Hot Docs description. Integral House reflects his two obsessions, curves and music. It is a stunning architectural gem of subtly curved wood and vast,
Charles Richard-Hamelin plays Music in the Afternoon May 4 in his first solo Toronto recital. “I’m looking forward to my proper Toronto recital debut,” he said in a recent note to past president and Career Development Award chair Annette Sanger.
Annette presented Charles with first prize in April 2015 when he won the Career Development Award 10th Anniversary competition in Walter Hall.
That same year he went on to win silver in the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata at the competition.
April 6, 2017 Aizuri Quartet
Miko Saegusa, violin; Ariana Kim, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola;
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Canadian soprano and long time WMCT member Jean Edwards said farewell to the stage recently in a fund-raising concert at the Heliconian Hall. For her surprise finale Jean dressed as a ballerina complete with tutu sang the piece made famous by the British comedienne Beatrice Lillie, “There are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden”.