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Announcing the Winners of the 10th WMC McLellan Finals 2024

Jammie Lee, piano - First Prize of $10,000

Christina Thanisch-Smith - Second Prize of $6000

Samuel Nadurak - Third Prize of $4000

These three outstanding Manitoba musicians wowed an appreciative and enthusiastic audience Thursday evening, April 18, at Jubilee Place in Winnipeg. The occasion was the WMC McLellan Finals for Solo Performance with the WSO, conducted by Julian Pellicano and hosted by Classic 107 Radio's Simeon Rusnak. None of us will have envied the jurors their task of disbursing the $20,000 granted biennially by our organization.

Simeon Rusnak spoke with each finalist ahead of the concert. Read our previous blog posts to watch these impressive interviews.

WMC highly values the collaboration with the WSO in presenting this unique and exceptional event. The photos below were captured by photographer Mark Rash. 

Jammie Lee -  Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43

Christina Thanisch-Smith in works by Mozart, Bellini, Haydn, Richard Strauss and Gounod.

Sam Nadurak - Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 (Fitzenhagen version) 

From Left to Right: Jury Chair Holly Harris, Jurors Sarah Halmarson, Madeline Hildebrand and

Joshua Peters, and Winners Christina Thanisch-Smith, Jammie Lee and Samuel Nadurak, with

Julian Pellicano, conductor.


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