Want to know how many sopranos have performed at Music in the Afternoon? Or how many times they have sung songs by Roger Quilter? Famous players from Wanda Landowska to Murray Perahia who have made their Canadian Debuts? All the venues the WMCT has used since 1899?
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.
Read this wonderful resource from cover to cover to appreciate the development of the WMCT, or search to find your favourite performers or musical works. The Artists Selection Committee always has it at hand, or rather on screen, making sure that even masterpieces like the Mozart Clarinet Quintet are not programmed every year. Cheers for Fred and Hanna!
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Miss Florence Taylor, piano , and Miss Hilda Boulton, violin, performed at the first WMCT concert Jan. 23, 1899. Leontyne Price entertained in 1957. And big hair and bare footed, Measha Bruggergosman, soprano, sang Jules Massenet’s Aria: Rêve infini! Divine extase (from “La Vierge”) at Walter Hall on Nov. 25, 2004.
All information available in the History section of the WMCT website. History of Concerts and Performers, began life as a book, moved into the digital age and now is available on the WMCT website as an indexed and searchable web-based file. Created by Hanna and Fred Feuerriegel it lists performers, repertoires and concerts – right up to the 115th grand concert in Koerner Hall last May 2. There’s an Index of Performers so you can find who played when, but there’s also an Index of Performed Works where Johann Sebastian Bach pretty much has two whole pages all to himself.
Want to know when Marian Anderson performed? That was 1937, the 39th season, when concerts were held in Eaton Auditorium (corner of Yonge and College). How about Sir Ernest MacMillan? That was 1930 when he joined Healey Willan and the Conservatory String Quartette and Willan’s Sonata No. 1 in E minor for violin and piano was on the programme.
The files are rich with names and music underlining once again the WMCT’s commitment to presenting Canadian and International talent to Toronto audiences.