Ensemble Made In Canada

The project, described in this Globe & Mail article, involves a newly commissioned suite of piano quartets by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada, a national concert tour throughout the 2018-2020 season, and a specially designed website that showcases audience-generated artwork inspired by the musical commission.

Violinist Elissa Lee won the WMCT U of T Entrance Scholarship in 1993; cellist Rachel Mercer won the first WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 1997, and pianist Angela Park won in 2000. EMIC performed for Music in the Afternoon on May 7, 2015.

Trio Arkel concert Feb. 19

The concert is called String Tapestry and it weaves the traditional with the new – Beethoven, Gubaidulina, Kodaly – it’s presented by Trio Arkel and guests at Trinity St. Paul’s on Feb. 19 at 7 pm.
Trio Arkel is composed of three women at the top of the Canadian classical music scene: Marie Berard, concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company orchestra, Teng Li, principal violist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Winona Zelenka, assistant-principal cellist with the TSO. For the String Tapestry concert they are joined by guest artists; internationally renowned violinist Scott St. John and violist Sharon Wei, who is viola professor at the University of Western Ontario and member of Ensemble Made in Canada who played Music in the Afternoon last May. As well, Winona Zelenka was one of the judges for the Career Development Award competition last spring.

The group’s standard program features classics from the chamber music repertoire, but they also play new music by living composers and this concert is a fine example. Presented will be a string trio by Sofia Gubaidulina, a modern spiritualist from the Soviet Union; the Trio Serenade for Two Violins and Viola (Opus 12) by Kodaly, and Beethoven’s String Quintet in c major, (Opus 29) “The Storm”.

Tickets are $30 – $15 for students and a 20 minute pre-concert seminar about the repertoire, given by Marie Berard begins at 6:30 pm. Trinity St. Paul’s is 427 Bloor St. West.

More information here.

Composer Connects Hip Hop and Classical

John Mayo, left, with son Christopher at  Music in the Afternoon première.
John Mayo, left, with son Christopher at Music in the Afternoon première.

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, on May 7, 2015. His father John Mayo has for many years written the notes for Music in the Afternoon programs.

The CBC video of both Drake’s Hip Hop version and the TSO version are on Musical Toronto website here.