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Gala Concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of the return of freedom and democracy

To commemorate the events that took place in November 1989 that led to the fall of the totalitarian communist regime and the restoration of freedom and democracy, the Consulate General organized two concerts. The gala concert, Freedom Reborn, was conceived and put together in cooperation with the foreign representatives of Poland, Hungary and Slovakia from Toronto and Ottawa. The event was attended by Ontario Premier Doug Ford who also delivered the introductory remarks.
 

The gala concert entitled Freedom Reborn, took place at St. Andrew´s Church in downtown Toronto on October 27th. The concert was preceded by the extensive cooperation and coordination of the above-mentioned foreign representatives including proper marketing and publicity not only of the concert itself, but also the actual events at the end of the year 1989 that was the concert’s theme. The editor-in-chief of Whole Note Magazine published an editorial in the November issue of the monthly magazine in which he placed the events of 1989 in Central Europe into the wider European context.

 

The concert was attended by Ontario Premier Doug Ford who also delivered the opening speech followed by the appearances by the Consuls General of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Ambassador of Slovakia. The outstanding artistic quality of the program was provided by the philharmonic orchestra Toronto Sinfonieta Orchestra led by Matthew Jaskiewicz, two mixed choirs Novi Singers and Scola Cantorum, as well as a series of soloists that came from or had roots in the countries of the Visegrad Four.

 

The Czech Republic was represented by the Dvorak Piano Quartet that performed a piece by the contemporary Czech author M. Hybler titled „For Democracy “especially composed for this occasion, as well as by local native bass baritone John Holland who sang the Water Goblin aria from Dvorak’s Rusalka. The concert selections reflected the organizing countries: it included pieces by composers such as Dvořák, Smetana, Koželuh, Chopin, Moniuszko, Liszt, Kodály, Kurpiňski, Martinček, Dusík and Zelienka.