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The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”

Doors at 7:00PM | Concert starts at 7:30PM (PDT)

Corey Hamm, piano


…an incredible example of a social statement made clearly audible in music

Corey Hamm

Join Music on Main for Opening Night of the 10th Modulus Festival, and listen together to powerful music.

There’s a sense of urgency when Corey Hamm performs Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”  Composer and iconoclast Rzewski embraced counter culture and protest songs throughout his celebrated career. His 1975 sensation for solo piano takes the Chilean song “¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” and transforms it through 36 powerful variations.  Listen closely, and you’ll hear — and feel — more after-vibrations from the piano than you’d ever expect.

Pianist Corey Hamm’s recording of this one-hour masterpiece won “Classical Recording of the Year” at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards.  Reflecting on the origins and power of Rzewski’s music, Hamm says this piece is “an incredible example of a social statement made clearly audible in music without any words, and it serves as the perfect work to gather us together after so long apart during the pandemic.”

Corey has performed “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” more than eighty times all over the world, including for the late Frederic Rzewski himself. Don’t miss this chance to hear this powerful piece of music, live and in person.

One night only. Tickets selling quickly.

This concert has been generously supported by Jim and Lisa Peers.

The grand piano appearing in this concert has been generously provided by Showcase Pianos | FAZIOLI.


Frederic Rzewski (1938-2021)
The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
Performed by Corey Hamm, piano

What to expect when you attend Music on Main’s “10th Modulus Festival:”

Music on Main looks forward to welcoming you back to our first indoor festival since 2019! In order to safely welcome all music lovers, our safety measures err on the side of caution. Thank you in advance for helping everyone feel comfortable and safe as we learn to listen together again to live music!

Feeling unwell?
– If you are feeling unwell, kindly stay home.

Let’s wear our masks when moving through shared spaces!
– You are required to wear your mask when moving through indoor common spaces like the lobby, restrooms, and the performance hall. Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2016 or earlier (5+). 


Q: Where will I sit?
A: You will be seated with your ticket group by ushers on a first-come, first-serve basis.
–  Please check in with the box office to show your vaccine passport, and then wait in the lobby to be seated together.
– Each group will be seated approximately 2 metres from other audience members.
– Once in your seat, please remain in your seat until invited by an usher to leave.

Q: How long is the concert?
A: The concert is approximately 60 minutes long without intermission.

Q: Can I hang out with friends in the lobby?
A: Unfortunately not at this concert! Let’s all say hello to each other and talk about the music outside.

Q: How many people will be at the concert?
A: Music on Main plans to sell less than 50% of the capacity of the venue. This will allow everyone to have plenty of physical space between audience members.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time as work together to bring music back to our stages.