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Music in the Afternoon
Music in the Afternoon, is an annual series of five world-class chamber music concerts presented by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Concerts feature a dynamic combination of Canadian musicians and international artists, established performers and those on the threshold of international recognition. Of exceptional quality, concerts encompass a wide range of voices and instruments, in repertoire from the Baroque and Classical periods to the 21st century.
WMCT Artistic Mandate
Now celebrating its 122 year, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto is Ontario’s oldest music presenting organization. It supports Canadian musicians through awards, scholarships and commissions, master classes and performance opportunities. The Student Outreach Program brings high school and university students to concerts free of charge. And through its involvement with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, complimentary concert tickets are also given to new Canadians.
Dedicated volunteers and one part-time arts administrator are the heart and soul of the WMCT.
The Folks Behind It All
Artistic Director Simon Fryer
Simon Fryer is celebrating his 12th year with the WMCT. He is a versatile artist, at home with the demands of the music of our time and of historical performance, with collaboration and solo recital. In demand for his teaching, coaching, and master class skills he is principal cellist of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Soloist appearances in Canada with the Regina, Mississauga, and Okanagan symphonies, as well as the Esprit Orchestra have been complemented by performances as guest principal with the Hamilton Philharmonic and internationally with the Orqestra Sinfonica de Tenerife and the United Kingdom’s Northern Sinfonia.
Formerly a member of the JUNO-winning Penderecki String Quartet and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Simon Fryer collaborates regularly with such musicians as the Silver Birch String Quartet, Duo Concertante, and pianist Michael Kim and has a discography of more than 20 recordings. He is Head of Strings at the Regina Conservatory for the Performing Arts and founder and director of the Prairie Cello Institute. He has held faculty positions at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto and The Glenn Gould School.
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2019-20 Music in the Afternoon concerts
Julie-Anne Derome, violin, Gabriel Prynn, cello, Steven Massicotte, piano
Internationally recognized for breadth of repertoire and brilliance of presentation.
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Liz Upchurch, piano
“Coloratura soprano Jane Archibald was all vocal thunderbolts and lightning flashes” – The Arts Desk
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Yun-Peng Zhao, violin; Constance Ronzatti, violin; Franck Chevalier, viola; Pierre Morlet, cello
Diotima is at once an allegory of German romanticism and a rallying cry for the music of our time.
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Aiyun Huang and Russell Hartenberger, percussion; Susan Hoeppner, flutes; Marc Djokic, violin
Russell Hartenberger, the most recent winner of the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts, will compose the WMCT commissioned work for this concert.
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“One of those special talents that come along once in a lifetime.” Toronto Star
Concerts are in Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, U of T
80 Queen’s Park (Museum Subway Station)
1:30 pm on Thursdays