Jun 19, 2013

June 19, 2013 - Tafelmusik's Alison Mackay wins Betty Webster Award

Tafelmusik’s Alison Mackay named winner of 2013 Betty Webster Award  
Tafelmusik warmly congratulates orchestra member Alison Mackay, who has been named the winner of the 2013 Betty Webster Award by Orchestras Canada. The award celebrates sustained contribution to Canadian orchestras, with a focus on leadership, volunteerism and education. Mackay’s unique multidisciplinary and cross-cultural concert programs such as The Galileo Project and House of Dreams have opened doors around the world, and her festivals have explored Toronto’s many artistic, architectural and cultural synergies. Mackay, who has played violone and double bass with Tafelmusik since 1979, was nominated by Music Director Jeanne Lamon of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Dr. John Percy, Professor Emeritus: Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. 
“I'm overwhelmed to have been chosen for the 2013 Betty Webster Award and deeply touched to have been nominated by Jeanne Lamon and John Percy, who have both opened so many doors for me.  The Orchestras Canada organization has made amazing contributions to our lives as orchestral musicians, and it is a great honour for me to have been recognized in this way,” said Alison Mackay.
“Alison Mackay has reinvented the concert experience,” said Jeanne Lamon. “She has inspired the arts community of Toronto to come together in two unique city-wide arts festivals. Her programmes have led to major international touring, national and international partnerships, recordings, radio broadcasts, internet and television programmes that have reach millions of people worldwide. It is this sort of creativity that will change the future of concert-giving and concert-going in Canada and the world.”