Peace and Disarmament
Peace Through Music: SGI-USA Hosts "Daniel Pearl World Music Days" Concert
On October 28, SGI-USA and the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) cosponsored a "Daniel Pearl Music Days" concert at SGI-USA's World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. Daniel Pearl was the Wall Street Journal correspondent killed by extremists while on assignment in Pakistan in 2002.
Several hundred people attended the concert, which was one of more than 1,900 performances in 77 countries that took place in October to honor Mr. Pearl's life and celebrate the power of music to reaffirm humanity's commitment to tolerance and peace.
Classical pieces by composers such as Vivaldi and Brahms and a piece from the musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe known as klezmer were played by the American Victory Orchestra and guest artists. The concert's finale was a joint performance by an SGI-USA youth chorus group and students from the Shalhevet High School, a Modern Orthodox Jewish school located in Los Angeles.
Daniel Pearl World Music Days were started in 2002 by Mr. Pearl's family and friends. Mr. Pearl's father, Dr. Judea Pearl, spoke at the concert's opening, referring to music as a weapon in the fight against injustice. In an interview with the SGI-USA publication World Tribune, Mariane Pearl, Mr. Pearl's widow, stated, "People drawing courage and inspiration from Danny's example makes his life successful, a life full of value. That's what people have to learn about peace—don't give up. Don’t give up on peace."
[Adapted from an article in the November 30, 2012, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy of SGI-USA]