Canadian Baritone Elliot Madore in the Diamond Lane
Written by Sarah Jo Kirsch
Published: 30 March 2017
Elliot Madore in Glyndebourne’s 2014 production of Don Giovanni
Guest of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg; Canadian baritone Elliot Madore joins Sarah Jo to talk opera, art song, and what it’s like to become a world-travelling classical singer. Missed it? Watch the video here! (scroll down)
Since earning a place among the winners of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Toronto-born baritone Elliot Madore’s professional momentum has only gathered.
Canadian superstar baritone on the rise, Elliot Madore and Diamond Lane host Sarah Jo Kirsch
Appearing on some of the most prestigious stages in North America, Western Europe, Australia, and Japan; this 29-year-old phenom is winning ears and hearts with his “rich, burgundy voice” (New York Classical Review, 2017).
Fresh from singing the role of Mercutio in the MET’s recent production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg has invited Elliot to take a break from his operatic schedule and share a recital of his own creative design in a more intimate setting. In collaboration with Winnipeg pianist Darryl Friesen, the duo will present a program of Robert Schumann, Manuel De Falla, and Charles Ives at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium on Sunday afternoon (April 2) at 2 PM.
Here is Sarah Jo’s interview with Elliot Madore – in studio March 31st 2017!
Tickets to the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg concert featuring Elliot Madore this Sunday afternoon are $25 (only $5 for students!), and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Park Mall) or at the door. For more information, visit womensmusicalclubofwpg.ca or call (204) 944-9431.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please tune into Classic 107 – on December 23rd 2016 at 8:30 a.m. (central) to hear David Liam Roberts – cello – be interviewed by Michael Wolch and perform live in studio. David will play “Gigue” from the Solo Cello Suite #6 in D major by Bach and “Caprice #7” by Piatti.
Please tune into Classic 107 – on December 21st 2016 at 4/5 p.m. (central) to hear Tony Zhou – piano – be interviewed by Sarah Jo Kirsch and perform live in studio. Tony will play 2 Poetudes by Emile Naoumoff – De Profundis and Processional.
Tony is the $2500 – 2016 WMC Scholarship Winner. Tony was also the previous 2nd place winner of the 2014 WMC McLellan Competition.
Join all five of the 2016 WMC Scholarship Winners’ at their recital at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Thursday, December 29th 2016 at 7 pm! Not to be missed! For more information check this out: http://womensmusicalclubofwpg.ca/scholarships/2016-winners/
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.
Please tune into Classic 107 – on December 16th 2016 at 4/5 p.m. to hear Gregory Lewis – violin – be interviewed and perform live in studio. Gregory will play a portion of Paganini Caprice No. 17 and a portion of Bach Sonata No. 2 in A minor, I Grave. Gregory is the $3000 – 2016 WMC Scholarship Winner.
Save the date! Thursday, December 29th 2016 at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg held its annual scholarship auditions at the Eva Clare Hall, at the University of Manitoba. The day was filled with many commendable performances from all 18 young Manitoba artists! The WMC congratulates the following winners:
WMC Scholarship $3,000 – Gregory Lewis – Violin
WMC Scholarship $2,500 – Tony Zhou – Piano
Madeline Gauvin Scholarship $2,000 – David Liam Roberts – Cello
Holtby Scholarship – $1,500 – Peter Jo – Violin
Berythe Birse Scholarship – $1000 – Emily Rekrut-Pressey – Viola
The WMC scholarship program has been a feature of the Women’s Musical Club mandate since 1915. Hundreds of young musicians have won these scholarships over the years, and many have gone on to achieve international acclaim. The names of the winners and the amounts of the awards are listed in a brochure which is updated yearly.
The five winners will perform and receive their scholarship cheques at the annual WMC Scholarship Winners’ Recital that will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The public is invited to attend and be treated to an evening of amazing music from these talented Manitoban performers! Tickets are $20 and are available through McNally Robinson Booksellers in December, through a subscription, or at the door (by cheque or cash only). Students $5 at the door only.
Tune into CBC Radio One – 89.3 FM with host Terry MacLeod this Sunday morning around 8 a.m – as he is interviewing Matt Poon – who is the 2016 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition Winner – piano!
Matt Poon will be featured on our stage Sunday afternoon November 20th 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Tickets $20 (cash or cheque at the door) Students $5 (at door only). Advance purchase at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
See you there!
Please tune into Classic 107.3 FM on Thursday morning to hear Michael Wolch – host of Morning Light – interview Matt Poon. Matt is the 39th Eckhardt Gramatte National Music Competition Winner – piano.
Matt will perform on our stage at the WAG on Sunday, November 20th 2016 at 2 pm.
Do you have your ticket yet?