Save the Date!
By Invitation Only
May 18th 2017
11:30 am-2:00 pm
It’s that time of year again for the 17th annual fundraiser – “Swing into Spring”, the most popular community event in town. Come and enjoy a delicious luncheon, a glass of wine and musical entertainment. The funds raised are specifically earmarked for the Scholarship Programs.
Where: At a charming, traditional home in historic Cresentwood!
Mark your calendars! This event is not to be missed!
(Call 204-944-9431 or email email@example.com to receive your personal invitation!)
Thank you to all our guests on the very special December 29th 2016 evening, for spending time with us at the WAG in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium as we celebrated the achievements of these five talented musicians!
From left to right:
Gregory Lewis – violin – WMC Scholarship – $3000.
Tony Zhou – piano – WMC Scholarship – $2500.
David Liam Roberts – cello – Madeleine Gauvin Scholarship – $2000.
Peter Jo – violin – Holtby Scholarship – $1500
Emily Rekrut-Pressey – viola – Berythe Birse Scholarship – $1000.
Each of these winners performed magnificently! Bravo to each of you! What a talented group of young artists!
Exciting news from Joshua this evening!
“I’m very happy to announce that I have joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as 2nd Assistant Principal Second Violin! It’s a real privilege to work with this orchestra that I have admired as long as I can remember.”
Joshua Peters – violin – has won many competitions including the 2015 Eckhardt Gramatte National Music Competition which the WMC hosts as part of the competition’s cross country tour as well as first prize ($10,000) in the biennial 2014 WMC McLellan Competition.
Birchwood Jaguar 107 LIVE! Presents 2016 WMC Scholarship Winner Emily Rekrut- Pressey – Viola.
Written by Claudia Garcia de la Huerta
Published: 17 December 2016
**Hope you had a chance to hear her interview and her performance this morning! Was an amazing chat and performance!** If you missed her performance – check this out! https://youtu.be/MT5–MX8xNI
Tune in Monday morning @ 8:30 when host Michael Wolch will welcome the 18-year-old violist live in studio.
Currently studying at the University of Toronto, Emily began violin lessons in the Suzuki program with Laurel Howard at the age of 6. When she was ten she was inspired by Laurel and Joanne Martin to begin playing the viola. For the past 3 years she’s been studying with the WSO’s Daniel Scholz.
This summer Emily played with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montreal and attended the international Morningside Music Bridge program in Calgary the previous two summers, as well as the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy here in Winnipeg. She now studies with Teng Li, principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Emily recently won the Aikins Memorial trophy at this year’s Winnipeg Music Festival and received the Berythe Birse Scholarship through the Women’s Musical Club scholarship competition this May.
On Thursday December 29th, all 5 winners of this year’s WMC scholarships will be performing in a special recital at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The concert begins at 7PM. For more information and tickets, go HERE.
Birchwood Jaguar 107 LIVE! With 2016 WMC Scholarship Winner Gregory Lewis
Written by Claudia Garcia de la Huerta
Published: 16 December 2016
Friday afternoon in the Diamond Lane we were treated to this fantastic young violinist who you might have seen sitting in with Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for their last concert with soprano Andriana Chuchman. Missed it? Watch the video at http://bit.ly/2gUPqu5
Gregory is the winner of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg $3000 – 2016 WMC Scholarship. The top prize in fact! He was also the 2nd place finisher in the 2016 WMC McLellan Competition!
On Thursday December 29th, all 5 winners of this year’s scholarships will be performing in a special recital at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The concert begins at 7PM. For more information and tickets, go http://womensmusicalclubofwpg.ca/scholarships/2016-winners/
Praised for his “brilliant technique and control” (Chronicle Journal) and “wonderful musical personality” (Winnipeg Free Press), violinist Gregory Lewis has established himself as one of central Canada’s most prominent rising musicians. Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario studying with Olga Medvedeva, Gregory is now pursuing an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Oleg Pokhanovski. He has also worked with many of the world’s top pedagogues and artists, including Midori Goto, James Ehnes, Giora Schmidt, Paul Kantor, the Pacifica Quartet, and the Gryphon Trio.
An avid chamber musician, Gregory is a founding member and first violin of the Chroma Quartet, a student ensemble formed in 2014. Quickly gaining a reputation as Manitoba’s premier student chamber group, the Chroma Quartet frequently performs in recital throughout Winnipeg, being featured by Virtuosi, the Skywalk Recital Series, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Simkin Centre Recital Series. A competitive ensemble, the Chroma Quartet was selected to represent Manitoba at the 2016 Canadian Music Competition National Finals.
Aside from violin, Gregory formally studied piano performance for sixteen years, and is an accomplished composer, having a symphony premiered by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2013.
A huge shout out to all the audience members who supported and attended our opening concert for 2016/2017 yesterday afternoon at the Winnipeg Art Gallery! Nikki and Timothy Chooi along with pianist Sejoon Park regaled us all with four powerful, virtuosic works for duo violins as well as for violin and piano from composers Prokofiev, Grieg and Sarasate!! Each artist is so incredibly talented!! Thank you Nikki, Timothy and Sejoon for such a brilliant performance!
Thank you also to our donors’ and sponsors’ support for our concert and to all the volunteer board members that work so hard to bring such incredible talent to the stage, as well as working to continue to allow the WMC to provide scholarship opportunities for the developing artists in our province!
Hope to see you all again at our next concert on November 20, 2016 at 2 pm at the WAG featuring the 39th Eckhardt Gramatte National Music Competition winner – Matt Poon – piano!
Tickets $20 (cash or cheque at door) Students $5 at door only. Individual tickets can be purchased at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Call for information: 204-944-9431 or check us out online at www.womensmusicalclubofwpg.ca
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Met Opera’s New Concertmaster: The Canadian Violinist Nikki Chooi!
By MICHAEL COOPER
JULY 7, 2016
The Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that its next concertmaster would be the young Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi, who has appeared with orchestras around the world and played last season with the eclectic, genre-bending string trio Time for Three.
Mr. Chooi, 27, who was offered a one-year contract beginning next month, will join the Met’s other concertmaster, David Chan. (The Met orchestra, which performs seven times a week during the opera season, more than most symphony orchestras, has two concertmasters.)
Time for Three, which performs music from Bach to pop, congratulated Mr. Chooi upon joining what it called “one of planet earth’s most amazing ensembles, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,” and said that he would be succeeded by the violinist Charles Yang.
Mr. Chooi was hired with the input of James Levine, who stepped down as the Met’s music director at the end of the season to become music director emeritus — and will be the first new concertmaster in the post-Levine era.
If Mr. Chooi’s contract is extended the Met orchestra could find itself with a Canadian flavor: the Montreal-born conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become music director designate in the 2017-18 season, and music director in the 2020-21 season.
Nikki Chooi will be performing on our stage – with his brother Timothy Chooi – October 2nd 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery!
Tickets $25, Students $5
Call 204-944-9431 to order your subscription. Individual tickets are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Do you have your tickets?
2016 WMC Scholarship Winners!!
Congratulations to all the musicians and vocalists who auditioned!
WMC Scholarship – $3000 – Gregory Lewis – violin
WMC Scholarship – $2500 – Tony Zhou – piano
Madeleine Gauvin Scholarship – $2000 – David Roberts – cello
Holtby Scholarship – $1500 – Peter Jo – violin
Berythe Birse Scholarship – $1000 – Emily Rukrut Pressey – viola
We congratulate each of you and look forward to your performances on our stage at the WAG on Thursday, December 29th 2016 at 7:00 p.m.