October Concert Announcement

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 Dear Friends of Harmony For Peace,
I hope you all had a restful and memorable summer, and with the beginning of the autumn at hand, you are refreshed and ready to embark on the remaining months of this year. Now it is time for us to announce our annual event in Philadelphia!
We will be presenting the “Celebrate Peace for UN70” Concert and Events on October 24, 2015 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. As we work closely with the United Nations, we will celebrate its 70th anniversary with this special event, honoring its longstanding global efforts, as well as our own continuous theme of “Peace through Music.”
We have a full day of events planned, starting with the Peace Forum “Living Together; The Art of Co-Existence,” led by the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, our Project Partner, at 1 p.m. in a meeting room at the Kimmel Center. The feature event, our very special concert, will follow at 3 p.m., and finally, we will hold a Celebration Dinner and Meet the Artist Reception as a thank you to our donors, supporters and partners. 
It is our pleasure to announce that the world renowned composer of “The Lord of the Rings” Symphony, Johan de Meij, will act as our conductor. He will be joined by the Peabody Youth Orchestra of Baltimore (Music Director: Harlan D. Parker),  and will present “Gandalf” (Movement I from Symphony No.1 The Lord of the Rings), “Jupiter” (Gustav Holst, from the Planets) and “Mother Earth” (Movement III from Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth”).
We newly welcome violinist and violist Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma to our line up. Dr. Ma is a both a soloist and chamber musician, and is the Executive Director of Children's Orchestra Society in New York. She is also a Developmental Peditrician and specializes in music and health for children.
We will also feature pianist Gohei Nishikawa, who after overcoming a battle with a muscle movement disorder in his fingers and hands, has gone on to enjoy successful career these past years. His story is an inspiration to us all.
This is also the second year for ourJunior Peace and Music Ambassador Competition, calling on youth musicians to audition to become our cross-cultural representative. Through their music, the winner will represent us to  work to share the meaning of “Play for Peace for better world” spreading the power of music to share with others, leading to mutual understanding. The 2015 winner is Ms. Sein An and she will perform solo at our upcoming concert and a title hand-off by our 2014 Jr. Ambassador Brenden Zak. The two performers will then join Mr. Nishikawa for an ensemble of his own arrangement.
We have invited ChildrenSong of New Jersey and Chester County Youth Choir and Chorale, two musical groups from the surrounding area, to once again take the stage.
Through our donor-funded Gift of Music program, we will also host young people from organizations and schools in the tri-state area to participate in a peace and music workshop, as well as enjoy the concert. We ask that you consider donating a concert seat to a child in our area, and donor support and options can be found here.
We greatly encourage all our friends and supporters to come out for this special show, not only for the riveting performances lined up, but for the reasoning behind the concert and this day of events.
Our concert is a platform for artists of many backgrounds to work together to promote friendship and peace beyond borders. With this in mind, we celebrate the United Nations longstanding efforts for global peace and universal rights. Using music as our vehicle of communication, we work to share our message of understanding and friendship regardless of culture, background and beliefs.
We ask for your continued support, your help spreading the word of this special day, and of course, we hope to see you at the concert on October 24.
With Peace & Harmony,
Tomoko Torii
Executive Director