CBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on Saturday the 28th October 2017 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. the concert (in part) that the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg presented on the 2nd April 2017 – featuring Elliot Madore – Baritone and Darryl Friesen – piano!
Please join us on Sunday, the 12th November 2017 at 2 p.m. at the WAG to hear the amazing performance the 40th Eckhardt-Gramatté finalist – Maeve Palmer – soprano – with her collaborative pianist – Joy Lee have in store for us!!
Tickets are $20 Students $5
Purchase online at www.womensmusicalclubofwpg.ca or at the door – cash or cheque only!
Maeve has been described in recent reviews as “scintillating”, “exciting”, and “superb”. Maeve Palmer is a soprano in the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at the Glenn Gould School (2017-2018). She is a recent graduate of the Masters of Music in Performance and the University of Toronto.
Mark your calendars! See you on the 12th November!
Gregory Lewis – Violin
Paul Williamson – piano
Please join us on Sunday – October 15th 2017 at 2 p.m. at the WAG
in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium
as Gregory and Paul regale us with music from composers such as:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Not to be missed! Each of these performers are rising stars!
Join us after the recital for a reception and meet these amazing artists!
Tickets available online on our website!
Tickets $25 Students $5
Tickets available at the door cash/cheque only!
Paul Williamson – piano
Fall in love with live music
Take in everything from symphonies to choirs this season
By: Holly Harris
As the lazy, hazy days of summer wind down for another year, another jam-packed arts season roars back to life with truly something for everyone, whether you like going for baroque or prefer cutting-edge contemporary. Here’s but a small sampling of what’s on tap from now until the snow flies (listed in chronological order):
● In the so-cool-it-hurts category, GroundSwell presents Tarantino Etudes on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Good Will Social Club featuring “superhuman” flute virtuoso Mark Takeshi McGregor in a wildly theatrical program including Manitoban-born composer Nicole Lizée’s same-titled work for bass flute and “neo-noir glitch.” Check out gswell.ca.
● The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra launches its 70th anniversary season with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If you weren’t able to snag a ticket to the long sold-out show, Kerry DuWors plays the same work at Brandon’s Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Sunday at 3 p.m. Also, don’t miss seeing former WSO maestro Victor Feldbrill (who headed the orchestra from 1958 to ’68) mark his return to the podium for Happy 70th WSO!, on Oct. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. For more details, visit wso.ca.
● The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra kicks off its 45th season with acclaimed cellist Ariel Barnes on Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. However, my eye is also on trumpet sensation Guy Few, whose concert on Dec. 13 promises to blow the roof off Westminster United Church. For more info, visit themco.ca.
● You’ll have another opportunity to hear rising-star violinist Gregory Lewis — and a newly minted Yalie — during the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg’s opener on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The award-winning artist and recent University of Manitoba graduate is pursuing his master’s in violin performance at the Yale School of Music. Visit womensmusicalclubofwpg.ca.
● One of the city’s hottest choirs, Polycoro led by John Wiens, opens its new season with Positive Friction at Canadian Mennonite University’s Laudamus Hall on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. The a cappella concert that celebrates 500 years of Lutheranism also premières a new set of canticles by Montreal-based composer Isaiah Ceccarelli. Visit polycoro.ca.
● You might need to flip a coin on this one. The venerable Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir also performs Songs of Darkness and Light led by Yuri Klaz on Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church.
The concert is part of the WSO’s Angels and Demons fall festival and promises to take listeners from the “depths of the underworld to the sublime heights of eternal light.” More info at thephil.ca.
● With one concert already under its belt, Virtuosi Concerts presents the world-renowned Dover Quartet in Triumph of the Spirit on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. The program showcases music by two Holocaust composers, Simon Laks and Viktor Ullman, days before the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9) and Remembrance Day (Nov. 11). More details at www.virtuosi.mb.ca.
● The Winnipeg Singers — which turns 45 this year — teams with the MCO to perform Thanksgiving and Remembrance on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster United Church. Arvo Pärt fans will be enthralled with a relatively rare performance of the 82-year-old composer’s sublime Te Deum, conducted by Yuri Klaz, who is marking his 14th year at the Singers’ helm. For further particulars, visit winnipegsingers.com.
● Manitoba Opera opens its season with Puccini’s searing Madama Butterfly, regarded as one of the 10 most popular operas in the world. The three-performance run is on Nov. 18, 21 and 24 at the Centennial Concert Hall and tissues are advised. For more info, head to manitobaopera.mb.ca.
● Camerata Nova opens its season with Snow Angel, a five-movement work by Sarah Quartel exploring love, rebirth and beauty through the eyes of children.
The program led by Vic Pankratz showcases Winnipeg cellist Juliana Moroz as well as a children’s chorus from the WSO’s Sistema music program, and is slated for Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. There’s even a suite of Santa Claus songs courtesy of artistic director/composer Andrew Balfour. You can find out more at cameratanova.com.
● If you find yourself “between concerts,” Don Anderson’s latest music course that highlights the world’s great violinists past and present kicks off Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. and runs until Nov. 20. A Wednesday night option is also available from Oct. 18 to Nov. 22, at 7-9:15 p.m. All classes are held at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts. Visit mcma.ca.
So there you have it — another wonderful fall cornucopia of concerts to suit all tastes. Support live music, and see you in two weeks!
🎶Attention Music Students – instrumental and voice!🎶
The 2018 WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the WSO is accepting online applications until December 1st 2017!
The uploaded auditions are adjudicated by an international set of adjudicators. The top 12 placements will then compete in a live audition at the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium on March 17th 2018 with a different set of adjudicators. The top 3 placements perform as a soloist with the WSO on April 15th 2018! These performances are adjudicated by a further set of adjudicators! A very exciting competition – don’t miss out on a chance to win – $10,000 1st prize – $6,000 2nd prize – $4,000 3rd prize – for a total of $20,000.
Schumann: Davidsbundlertanze/Humoreske/Blumenstuck (Hyperion)
This eagerly anticipated debut recording by Italian pianist Luca Buratto proves why he quite rightfully took top prize at the 2015 Honens Piano Competition, in addition to garnering third prize at the International Robert Schumann Competition three years prior. Each laureate of the prestigious competition held triennially in Calgary receives a recording contract with Hyperion, with this new release the first of those musical fruits.
The trio of Schumann works includes piano cycle Humoreske in B Flat major, Op. 20 composed in 1839, that Buratto approaches with an innate understanding of its poetic romanticism. He also heightens the dreamy Eusebius and more passionate Florestan contrasts of its seven sections performed attacca, displaying sublime lyrical phrasing and luminous tone throughout.
His elegant sensibility underscored by technical prowess is further showcased during the album’s second cornerstone Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6, that ranges from its pensive second movement Innig, to more forceful thirteenth, Wild und Lustig. The pianist also brings out the good-natured twelfth, Mit Humor, and sixteenth section, Mit Gutem Humor, that always fit tastefully within the greater whole.
Buratto’s interpretation of the lone single-movement work Blumenstuck in D flat major, Op. 19recalls kinder, gentler times, despite its darker second theme hinting at coming storms for the mentally anguished composer. ★★★★1/2
— Holly Harris
What a beautiful day it was on Thursday, May 18th, for our 2017 Swing into Spring fundraiser at a charming home in historic Crescentwood! This was our 17th year with this particular fundraiser – and we were so fortunate to return to the home that we began this journey with 17 years ago! Much thanks to our hostess Debbie for opening her home to us and to our supporters! Monies raised will be placed in our Scholarship fund which enables us to award $10,000 annually at our WMC Scholarship Auditions….and biennially – award $20,000 at our WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the WSO! Our featured artist was none other than David Liam Roberts – cellist – who was one of our WMC Scholarship Winners in 2016. Such an amazing talent!
Our 2017/2018 year will be an exciting five concert series! Online ticketing is now available on our website – www.womensmusicalclubofwpg.ca. Hope to see you in the fall – beginning with our opening concert – Sunday, October 15th 2017 – 2 pm at the WAG – featuring violinist Gregory Lewis and pianist Paul Williamson! Not to be missed….both are previous WMC Scholarship Winners!
To provide career funding and performance opportunities to advanced young Manitoba musicians who are pursuing performance careers.
The funds available for the WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (the Competition) is interest accumulated from an investment at the Winnipeg Foundation. Awards will be $20 000, divided among 3 Finalists and presented following the Final Round Concert. In addition to the awards, the three Finalists will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the WSO.
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements to apply for the Competition:
*be a Manitoban. One who was raised/educated in Manitoba or has completed or is currently enrolled in a Degree Program (Undergraduate or Masters) in Manitoba. (Unique circumstances can be discussed.)
*be a Canadian citizen
*meet age requirements as of April 30th of the competition year as follows:
*Vocalists: 20 to 35 years
*Instrumentalists: 18 to 30 years
*not have been a previous first place winner of the WMC McLellan Competition. You may apply numerous times as long as age requirements are met.
*be performing at an advanced level.
*be aiming toward a classical music performance career.
*be available for the Semi-Final Round performance date of March 17, 2018 and the Final Round Concert date of April 15, 2018.
*be prepared to provide for their own travel expenses, accommodation and accompanist expenses for the entire audition process.
COMPETITION MODEL AND SELECTION PROCESS
This Biennial Competition is composed of Preliminary, Semi-Final and Final Rounds. Upon acceptance of the online application, the process is as follows:
All applicants will submit MP3s which will be coded for a blind audition. MP3s will be ranked by Jurors, who will choose the best performances. Twelve applicants will be chosen for the Semi-Final Round live auditions (not necessarily from each discipline). Semi-Finalists will be notified by the end of January.
Date: Saturday, March 17th 2018
Place: Muriel Richardson Auditorium, WAG, 300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg, MB
Time: Each audition time will be posted at the WAG and on the WMC McLellan website
Admission: $10.00 Open to the public.
Twelve applicants will have a total of no more than 25 minutes each, to perform a variety of selections to display their talents. Order of performance at the Semi-Final audition will be random, except that there will be no vocal auditions before 11:00 am. We will try to accommodate those who have to drive into the city with an afternoon audition, and we may have to accommodate accompanists.
There will be rehearsal time in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium the day before the Competition Semi-Finals. There are no rehearsal rooms available the day of the competition.
Three sets of scores must be provided for the adjudicators and submitted upon arrival 30 minutes before an audition.
Adjudicators will assess the performances, provide written adjudications, and choose 3 Finalists to move forward to the Final Round. The Final Round contestants will be announced that evening, the Finalists contacted, and the results publicized. The recommendation of the Adjudicators is final and not subject to appeal.
The Semi-Final audition will be recorded on DVD and will be mailed with the individual adjudications to each of the contestants. There will be no recording except authorized by WMC.
Concert dress is recommended.
An audition program will be available for the audience. Family, friends and general public are welcome and may attend for any portion of the day. There will be no admittance during an audition.
Donations will be gratefully accepted to offset Competition expenses. Donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt.
Final Round with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Date: Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Place: Jubilee Place Auditorium of MBCI, 180 Riverton, Winnipeg, MB
Admission: Individual tickets available online or at the door: $30.00 (Adult) $5.00 (Students – at door only) Tickets are also available within your 2017/2018 subscription series package, or call (204) 944-9431 to reserve your ticket!
The three Finalists will be introduced to the WSO Conductor, who will confer with each before the actual rehearsal and performance.
The three Finalists will rehearse for 40 minutes with the WSO and the Conductor in Residence. Each Finalist will be advised of the rehearsal schedule. Each Finalist will perform a Concerto or Vocal Program of no longer than 30 minutes at the evening Concert. The Finalists will perform in the order determined by the WSO Conductor.
For the final concert, all Finalists must arrive by 7:00 pm. Three sets of scores must be provided for the adjudicators. The Finalists must remain in the building during all performances.
A panel of Adjudicators will be present to determine the placement of the contestants. The recommendation of the Adjudicators is final and not subject to appeal.
Formal dress is recommended.
A reception will be held while the Adjudicators are deliberating.
The audience will reconvene in the auditorium for the results. The awards will be presented on stage.
Photos of the presentation and a group photo will be taken.
The media will be informed of the results immediately following the concert.
During the final concert with the WSO, performances will be recorded by WMC for an archival video under contract with the Winnipeg Musician’s Association (WMA) – Local 190. A winner may apply to this Association prior to the Finals, and sign an individual contract for a copy of the video at a cost of $500. (Limited use of the recording is allowed.) There will be no recording except authorized by the WMA.
It is expected that winners will recognize the Competition by name in future biographies, giving WMC credit where possible, especially when performing in Manitoba.
Donations will be gratefully accepted to offset Competition expenses. Donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt.
Closing date for applications: December 1st 2017. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Reference letters may arrive by mail or email and need not be included with the application, but must arrive by the application deadline.
The completion of the application does not guarantee a live audition.
$125 application fee is due upon application deadline. (See Application Checklist – Section 6)
You must first create a login username and password on the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg website – User account. You will need this login to complete the application and upload your audition MP3s.
Complete the online application form. Note that each portion of the application can be saved to allow editing at a later time.
Should you encounter any difficulties, please contact email@example.com. The following checklist will ensure that all appropriate information is included. Note: The online application follows the format listed below:
Name, date of birth, age, phone number and email address
Contact information – permanent Manitoba address and temporary address (if applicable)
Performance discipline and type.
Accompanist (if applicable)
Curriculum Vitae, including:
Names of teachers and specific years with each
Previous scholarships or competitions
Professional and or performance experience (upload files of recital programs and press reviews if available – acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docs, pages, jpg, jpeg, png).
A short bio of no more than 200 words, written in the third person, which will be used for a program should you be chosen as one of the Semi-Finalists. We reserve the right to edit bios to suit our purposes.
Statement of goals and plans for the awards.
Two letters of recommendation, one from a recent teacher or coach, and the other from someone, not a teacher or relative, who can corroborate your intention to continue with a musical performance career. (Upload files – acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docs, and pages).
Proof of age and citizenship (upload scanned image of birth certificate or passport – acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docs, pages, jpg, jpeg, png).
Publicity photo headshot (upload image – acceptable files types: jpg, jpeg, png) which will be used for the program should you be chosen as one of the Semi-Finalists
A list of your performance selections for the Semi-Final Round. with full titles of works, full Composer’s name and Composer’s dates with exact times and performance order.
Total audition performance time not to exceed 25 minutes.
Instrumentalists should play selections from 3 different historical periods.
Vocalists should include a variety of pieces in 3 different languages.
The Semi-Final audition selection may be repeated on the various rounds of the Competition. See “Final Round” for list of available WSO repertoire.
A letter of consent from the composer must accompany any photocopies of contemporary music. For original copies check out the website www.cdsheetmusic.com.
A list of your performance selection(s) for the final performance with the WSO. Include Composer and Composer’s dates and full titles of works. Please choose from the available repertoire lists as follows: If you have other selections in mind, they must be approved by the WSO (prior to applying for the competition) and rental charges may apply. Any repertoire questions prior to application, will be referred to James Manishen or the conductor Julian Pellicano at the WSO.
Repertoire suggestions for:
Instrumental – Instrumentalists will prepare to play a full Concerto (30 min. max). The conductor will advise arranging a concerto to fit into this time frame.
Vocal – selections with the WSO are available on our website. Vocalists may choose arias or other selections from the WSO list which are accompanied by a full orchestra. Selections should be in at least two languages. It is imperative that discussion has taken place with your teachers and the WSO before the repertoire is finalized for the application. Selections may have to be tailored to comply with the 30 minute performance time.
All concerti must be edited to fit into a 30 minute performance.
Uploaded MP3 files for your Preliminary Round Auditions, which showcase the candidate’s particular talent, and provide an indication of the level of performance capability. Please do not include collaborative pieces. Solo works with or without accompaniment are best. The following is a list of submission requirements:
Maximum of 25 minutes in total length.
MP3s must be of good technical quality, with applause edited out and no other enhancements.
Files cannot be larger than 10 MB each. Limit of 5 files total.
MP3s must not include any reference to the identification of the performer. MP3s will be coded by the Competition for evaluation.
MP3 file names must identify Title, Composer and timing.
A non-refundable fee of $125 must be received by the application date. Payment can be made by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please include “WMC McLellan Competition” and your name in the note), by PayPal (a button will be provided after you successfully submit your application), or by mailing a cheque made payable to Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg and sent to The WMC McLellan Competition c/o Belle Meiklejohn, 1244 Wolseley Avenue. Winnipeg, MB R3G 1H4.
The five winners of the 2017 scholarship auditions, which took place at the Eva Clare Hall, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, U of M, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, have been chosen and will receive their scholarships totalling $10,000 on December 28th 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
|$3,000||WMC Scholarship – Andrea Lett – soprano|
|$2,500||WMC Scholarship – Kristy Tucker – bassoon|
|$2,000||Madeleine Gauvin Scholarship – Paul Williamson – piano|
|$1,500||Holtby Scholarship – Yufei Liu – violin|
|$1,000||Berythe Birse Scholarship – Nolan Powell – Guitar|
Please join us on Thursday, December 28th 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery! These five winners will perform and receive their scholarships!
The 2017 WMC Scholarship Auditions are being held this Saturday – May 13th 2017 from 9 am to 9:20 pm at Eva Clare Hall at the University of Manitoba! Please join our audience and support these 30 incredible artists! **Drop in throughout the day – but please be mindful that once an artist’s audition has begun – you may not enter the Hall until their performance is complete.**
Look below to check out the artists’ schedule, so you can plan to attend! The day will be very exciting, yet challenging for our three adjudicators! Please join us! No admission fee to attend!
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 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!