Dream Big: Music and human rights

Join us for free Friday night performances in our galleries

February 23, 2024

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Two hands play the keys of a gleaming black Yamaha piano. The pianist, barely shown, wears a long-sleeved black top. Partially obscured.

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Event details

This event is free; registration is recommended
Galleries throughout the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Language and Accessibility:
The event will be presented primarily in English. The CMHR strives to be accessible to all.

On Friday, February 23, the CMHR’s galleries will come alive with 40 extraordinary mini‐performances by 40 top classical musicians from around the globe. This event, a collaboration between the Museum and the University of Manitoba, will pair music with specific human rights themes, spotlighting the artistic and tangible impacts music can have on social justice.

Curated by collaborative pianist and event director Valerie Dueck, the repertoire will be music composed as a response to trauma or as a call to action.

The evening opens at 6 p.m. with a welcome in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall. Starting at 6:15 p.m. in six different galleries, live musical performances will enhance visitors’ experiences. Performances will examine Canadian experiences of human rights, the horrors of the Holocaust and of other atrocities, and look at contemporary human rights struggles. In addition, two music films will also be shown that explore the journeys of women in human trafficking and the Duplessis orphans.

St. John’s Pianos and U of M’s Desautels Faculty of Music are providing the acoustic pianos for these collaborative piano performances.

This event is part of Dream Big: Building Community through Collaboration, a conference that draws musicians from around the world. It will take place February 22–24, 2024, at the University of Manitoba and the CMHR.


Dive Deeper

Learn more about music and human rights in the Museum's latest exhibition Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change — open with free admission during Dream Big from 5 to 9 p.m. The Boutique and Cloud Coffee will be open. Boréal Bistro will close at 4 p.m.

A crowd at a concert with multicoloured rays over a mottled blue and green background.