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A Concert on Humanity and Freedom

On November 2, 2024, at 7:00 PM, the George Weston Recital Hall will be ringing music of defiance.  From the streets of Hong Kong to the plains of Ukraine, from the turmoil of Iran to the struggle in China, this concert brings together the oppressed across the globe.

 

Date:

November 2, 2024 (Saturday)

Time:

7:00 pm

 

Location:

George Weston Recital Hall

at Meridian Arts Centre

5040 Yonge St, Toronto

 

(near North York Center subway station)

 

Ticket Prices:

$21.45,  $38.4,  $61,  $83.6

 

Tickets
  1. Tickets can be purchased from: tolive.com/Event-Details-Page/reference/The-People-United-2024

  2. In-person orders at TO Live Box Office are exempt from service fees. Box office Hours: Monday - Friday, 1 pm to 6 pm

  3. 10% off for group purchases of 10 or more tickets; phone purchases of 10 to 20 tickets will have a total fee of only $15 CAD: Meridian Arts Centre 416-366-7723 | 1-800-708-6754

Ricker Choi will perform his piano composition "Hong Kong Rhapsody" 《香港狂想曲》, accompanied by images of Hong Kong’s 2019 protest projected on a 36-foot screen.  Performance artist Loretta Lau will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and pay tribute to Hong Kongers who had sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of freedom.

 

An Iranian writer will tell a tale of a girl’s innocence lost to oppression.  Ukrainian soprano Antonina Ermolenko, accompanied by Ukrainian pianist Oksana Hahn, will sing melodies of freedom.  Chinese pianist Chloe Sun will perform music of resistance by Chopin.

 

70% of net proceeds will be donated to Bonham Tree Aid and the remaining 30% to Amnesty International Canada.

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Media and Listings

Freedom Rhapsody

November 5, 2022 - 7.00 pm     Flato Markham Theatre

Classical pianist Ricker Choi brings you Freedom Rhapsody piano concert featuring composers who use music to express pride and nationalism towards their birth places.  Examples of works to be performed in the concert include Chopin’s mazurka and polonaise;  Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, and more.  Pianist-composer Ricker Choi will also perform his Hong Kong Rhapsody (香港狂想曲) to express his emotions towards Hong Kong’s fight for freedom.  Film stills from documentary 因為愛所以革命 Love in the Time of Revolution will be projected on screen.  Protest art created by Ricker will also be exhibited at the lobby of the venue. Organisation Somebody.HK will also assist guests to write letters to inmates in Hong Kong.

Freedom Rhapsody 2022

Freedom Rhapsody 2022

Freedom Rhapsody 2022
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Freedom Rhapsody 2022 - Event Highlights

Freedom Rhapsody 2022 - Event Highlights

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香港狂想曲 - 2022 演奏版 - Hong Kong Rhapsody 2022 Concert Performance

香港狂想曲 - 2022 演奏版 - Hong Kong Rhapsody 2022 Concert Performance

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多倫多抗爭藝術家首辦香港音樂會 效法古典樂家樂韻抗爭

多倫多抗爭藝術家首辦香港音樂會 效法古典樂家樂韻抗爭

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古往今來,不少古典音樂家以樂韻發聲,以旋律抗爭。就生於波蘭的蕭邦為例(1810-1849),當波蘭於1815年被俄羅斯統治後,蕭邦拒絕申請俄國護照,自此從未踏足家鄉。其後,他寫作了多首《瑪祖卡》和《波蘭舞曲》的著名波蘭鄉土舞曲,以及《革命練習曲》等,充滿政治意味和思鄉之情。波蘭後來被德國納粹黨統治,而蕭邦的音樂更於波蘭被禁。

由Ricker Choi創作的鋼琴變奏三部曲《香港狂想曲》及香港抗爭畫作分別被中共標籤為「獨歌」和「獨畫」,其中黨媒《文匯報》更點名指控他觸犯「國安法」,令Ricker以後不能回到他的出生地香港。

本次演奏會希望透過古典音樂,探討香港被中共獨裁政權統治的議題,使更多加拿大人了解及關心香港的苦況。

* Financial statement and donation proof will be made public after the concert

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PROGRAM (subject to change):

Ricker Choi

Hong Kong Rhapsody (香港狂想曲)

Beyond

Boundless Sea, Vast Sky (海闊天空)
                  Performed by Chloe Sun

Rachmaninoff

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G Minor
Prelude Op. 23 no 4 in D Major

 

Chopin

Mazurka Op. 63 No. 2

Etude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary")

Nocturne No. 20 in C# Minor,  opus Posthumous
Polonaise Op. 53 ("Heroic")
           
Dohnanyi

Rhapsody in G Minor, Op 11 No. 1
Rhapsody in C major, Op.11 No. 3
           

Liszt

Liebestraum No. 3

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

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P a s t

03-30-2018 - 8.00 pm - Kindred Spirits Orchestra

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts   

      - Liszt, Totentanz, S. 126   (with Ricker Choi)
      - Liszt, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2, S. 125    (with Ricker Choi)

Dec 3, 2016 - 7.30 pm -  OCMS Philharmonic

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto:   5183, Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough

​       Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2    (Soloist Ricker Choi)

Jan 30, 2016  - 7:00 pm

Isabel Bader Theatre

UTChinese 2016 New Year Concert

Fund raising for UTChinese Elementary School Fund

Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Gershwin

 

Oct 17, 2014  - 8:00 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre 

Fund Raising concert for Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation

 

April 13, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Glenn Gould Studio​

Fund Raising concert for SickKids Foundation​​​​​​​​​​​​

Guest Pianist: Anson Hui​​​

 

Oct 26th, 2012 - 7:30pm

​St. Gabriel's Passionist Parish
Liszt: Totentanz  (Ricker Choi pianist),  with Sneak Peak Orchestra

 

June 23, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Glenn Gould Studio
Fund Raising concert for United Way

​Program includes piano works by Liszt, Grunfeld, Strauss, Bartok, Tchaikovsky

 

Feb 4, 2012  - 7:00 pm

Isabel Bader Theatre

UTChinese 2012 New Year Concert

Fund raising for UTChinese Elementary School Fund

Brahms Op 118 and Ravel La Valse

 

Nov 22, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

COC Free Concert Series

Ricker's solo piano recital

 

Nov 18, 2011 - 1:20 pm

20 min interview with 96.3 FM (classical radio station) - to watch

 

Oct 30, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Glenn Gould Studio

Off Centre Music Salon

Scriabin's Sonata No. 5

 

Aug 21, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Victoria College Chapel

Music Beyond - Fund Raising for Oxfam Canada
Ricker Choi with Leonard Gilbert

 

Feb 6, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Glenn Gould Studio

Off Centre Music Salon

Ravels La Valse (solo piano arrangement)

 

Feb 4, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Isabel Bader Theatre

UTChinese 2011 New Year Concert

Liszt Mephisto Waltz and Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13

 

Sept 11, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Euromusic Recital Hall

Oxfam Canada Fund Raising Concert 

Liszt Sonata in B Minor

 

Aug 13, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Walter Hall

TSMAF`s Emerging Artists in Concert

Scriabins Sonata No. 5

 

Apr 11, 2010 - 2:00 pm

Glenn Gould Studio

Off Centre Music Salon

Mendelssohns Variations Serieuses Op. 54

 

Feb 7, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Recital Hall at Euromusic

to aid Haiti victims in support of Oxfam Canada

Liszts Totentanz,  Chopins Ballade #4, Cello Etude,

Nocturne Op 55 No 2,  and Ravels La Valse

 

Nov 20, 2009 - 8:00 pm

Walter Hall

Recital Benefiting Oxfam Canada

Chopin: 4th Ballade,    Ravel: La Valse,  Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuses Op 54,   Ginastera: Danza Argentinas

vocal works (soprano Barbara Fris) - Strauss: 4 Last Songs,   Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder

 

July 2009 - 7:30 pm

Walter Hall

TSMAF`s Emerging Artists in Concert

Ravels La Valse

 

July 10, 2009 - 7:00 pm
U of T, Hart Houses Music Room (2nd floor)

Fundraising for Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation

Chopin - Ballade #4, Mendelssohn - Variation Serieuses, Ravels - La Valse

May 13, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Halton Hills-The Gallery - 9 Church St., Georgetown, Ontario

Chopin: Ballade #4,   Ravel: La Valse,   Liszt: Mephisto Waltz #1;

Strauss: Four Last Songs (Soprano Barbara Fris)

 

Feb 7, 2009 - 7:00 pm

J. J. R. MacLeod Auditorium (MS 2158), Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto

UTChinese 2009 New Year Concert

Charity fund raising for Love Through Education Foundation

(organized by UofT Chinese Magazine)

 

Nov 9, 2008 - 2:00 pm - Hermitage Day Celebration

Womens Art Association - 23 Prince Arthur Ave

(organized by Canadian Friends of the Hermitage)

The Hermitage Foundation raises money for the restoration of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

This concert features all Russian vocal and piano classical music.

 

Oct 18, 2008 - 7:00 pm

Charity Concert: Jazz and Classical!

Fund raising in support of Oxfam Canada - China Earthquake Relief Funds
(organized by Music Heals!)

 

July, 2008 - 7:30 pm

Walter Hall

TSMAF`s Emerging Artists in Concert

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz

 

Feb 3, 2008 - 6:00 pm

fund raising for Love Through Education Foundation

(organized by UTChinese Magazine)

 

Nov 13, 2007 - 7:30 pm

Willowdale United Church

fund raising for Oxfam Canada

 

Jan 27, 2007 - 7:30 pm

Willowdale United Church

fund raising for Willowdale United Church

 

Dec 9, 2006 - 7:30 pm

Willowdale United Church

fund raising for World Vision Canada

May 27, 2006 - 7:30 pm

Willowdale United Church

fund raising for SickKids Foundation

 

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