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Music in the Afternoon
The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto programs an annual series of five chamber music concerts by illustrious international and Canadian soloists and ensembles, as well as outstanding young musicians on the thresholds of their careers. Every year, the WMCT commissions a new work by a Canadian composer for performance in the series, and every three years presents the prestigious Career Development Award.
WMCT Artistic Mandate
The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, founded in 1898, is the oldest music presenting organisation in Ontario. Music in the Afternoon is an annual series of five concerts by illustrious international and Canadian soloists and ensembles, as well as outstanding young musicians on the thresholds of their careers. Every year, the WMCT commissions a new work by a Canadian composer for performance in the series, and every three years presents the prestigious Career Development Award. It supports young Canadian musicians through scholarships, awards, and master classes as well as performance opportunities.
The Folks Behind It All
Dedicated volunteers and one part-time arts administrator are the heart and soul of the WMCT and always have been. The WMCT Foundation supports the work of the club, managing finances, awards and scholarships.
Simon Fryer is the Artistic Director and heads the Artists’ Selection Committee.
Artistic Director Simon Fryer
Simon Fryer is an artist of the utmost versatility, 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.
His discography of more than 20 recordings includes the solo CD Music of a life so far… acclaimed as “a fascinating collection” by the Toronto Star. His most recent recording of Victorian Cello Sonatas with pianist Leslie De’Ath, released by Centaur, is credited with “expansive playing that never resorts to overly Romantic indulgence” by The Wholenote and “a seductive blend of depth and restraint” by Musical Toronto.
Simon Fryer 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.
He performs on a Masa Inokuchi cello, an instrument completed in 1998.
2016-2017 Music in the Afternoon concerts
All concerts in Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, U of T
80 Queen’s Park (Museum Subway Station)
1:30 pm on Thursdays
October 6, 2016 — Issachah Savage, tenor — A big new voice, in the WMCT’s long-established tradition of significant discoveries
November 24, 2016 — James Sommerville, French horn, with Scott St. John, violin, Peter Longworth, piano — Leading Canadian artists, with a new work by Vivian Fung commissioned by the WMCT
March 9, 2017 — Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch — A mini-history of the piano trio from a distinguished international ensemble
April 6, 2017 — Aizuri Quartet — An exciting young ensemble performs youthful works by composers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
May 4, 2017 — Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano — The WMCT 2015 Career Development Award Winner returns