This November celebrates the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the revolution during which many Hungarians, including my father, escaped the country. I'm fortunate that my father took great risks to come to a country to have a life of freedom and opportunity for himself and his family.
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The Canadian-Hungarian Association for Music Performance was founded to present professional concerts with a repertoire of Hungarian and contemporary Canadian composers. This mission reflects our dedication to these, and to music that bridges the two countries, reflecting the assimilation of the Hungarian refugees of 1956. Music is a universal language communicating equally to all.
A Bridge to the Future commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. The concerts are a celebration of the overthrow of the communist regime, and cultural survival, both pre- and post-revolution. For some of us who came to Canada, it may be the last opportunity to be actually present at such a great occasion and to express our gratitude to Canada for accepting us as immigrants.
To learn more about the Hungarian Revolution, visit 1956canada.ca.