Walter Pitman has been a federal MP and an Ontario MLA, president of Ryerson University, and director of the Ontario Arts Council. He is a Member of the Order of Ontario; an Officer of the Order of Canada; and the author of Elmer Iseler, Music Makers, and Louis Applebaum. Currently, he lives in Toronto.
Music Makers examines and celebrates the extraordinary lives of composer Harry Freedman and his partner, soloist Mary Morrison.
Harry, with roots in jazz and popular music, was a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 25 years. Canadaâ€™s Composer of the Year in 1979, he has written an enormous repertoire that celebrates Canada and is sung and played around the world.
After a stellar career in Canada as a popular singer and opera diva, Mary became an esteemed exponent of Canadian vocal works. She was a prestigious mentor and teacher of young Canadians now appearing on famous opera stages worldwide. She received the League of Composersâ€™ Music Citation in 1968 and won Canadaâ€™s major award as Opera Educator in 2002.
"â€¦a quietly inspirational peek at the evolution of Toronto's musical life in the latter half of the 20th century, and of two people dedicated to their art and craft."
"Walter Pitman's innovative dual biography works wellâ€¦he maintains a compelling narrative flow."