Messages from Our Leaders

Tomoko Torii President & Executive Director

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends of Harmony For Peace,

 

It has given our team a great pleasure to hold our International Peace Concert in Japan at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on April 10, 2015.  What a lovely evening it was! Close to 1,700 guests and performers were present in a heartwarming display of unity, all while celebrating individual culture and heritage. Our talented artists, including cellist Ohad Bar-David, violinist Mariko Senju, conductor Reona Ito and Japanese Drummer Masahiro Uemura thrilled our audience, as did our young performers; our Junior Peace and Music Ambassador Japan, Honoka Kikukawa, Suginami Amanuma Elementary School’s Japanese Traditional Drum Ensemble, Yokohama International School’s Koto Ensemble, Tokyo International School Choir, Hiroshima Sotoku High School Glee Club and the Fukushima Asaka Reimei High School Choir.

 

When our performers, both young and professional and from over 50 different backgrounds, joined together for one final song, it truly culminated our desire of coming together for world peace capturing the essence of our mission; focusing on achieving deeper understanding for a global community through music. In addition, through coordination with Mayors For Peace's 2020 Vision Campaign, Toyuukai and other organizations, 60 Hibakusha attended the concert as special guests. The concert also hosted close to 150 children and their families from the Tohoku Disaster region with the help of Ashinaga, KiraKiraBoshi-Net and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. We were so delighted that they were able to attend as our guests!

 

I would like to first thank all our talented performers, hardworking music directors, and of course our sponsors, partners and Peace Project Japan friends. Also, we offer our special thanks to our wonderful audience. Without their dedication and support, this concert and our additional projects would not have been possible, and not to mention our most devoted volunteers and team members.

 

After months of planning, this concert has come and gone so quickly. The Harmony For Peace Foundation is determined evermore to pursue its mission of promoting peace and friendship globally, using music and the arts as our vehicle. We will continue to expand our mission to an international audience and hope to travel throughout the globe, reaching out to and involving people of all nations and cultures.

 

Our project in Hiroshima is fast approaching. We will be showcasing our "Peace Art Journey" Exhibit at the Former Bank of Hiroshima opening on June 19th and will hold our Peace Concert in Hiroshima to celebrate our friendship with the people of Hiroshima.

 

We ask that you continue to support our foundation, and as we move forward with more events and projects, you join us in our efforts. Our mission does not fall to one organization – but to the kindness and hard work of a global family.

 

Thank you again to all our friends and sponsors.  

With Peace and Harmony,

Tomoko Torii

President, Co-Founder and Executive Director 

 

 
Tomoko Torii President & Executive Director

 

 

 

 Dear Friends of Harmony For Peace,

It is such a relief that Spring is just around the corner. In fact, the changing season inspires us to continue on with our newest initiatives and projects.

 

This April, our organization travels to Tokyo, Japan to present our Peace Project JAPAN, five separate initiatives all with the same ideals – promoting peace, friendship and understanding among cultures, nations and generations.

 

Our International Peace Concert Tokyo is our feature initiative - a festival of multicultural artists and school performers joining together for a message of peace worldwide. It will take place on April 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. It is our hope to see all our friends and supporters in Tokyo enjoying this beautiful event, for there is nothing that gives us more pleasure than to see our message reverberate through a packed concert hall. We would also like to welcome our special guests, a group of 60 Hibakusha invited through our cooperation with Mayors For Peace's 2020 Vision and other organizations. Also, 200 children who lost thier homes and families in the Tohoku Disaster - organized by Ashinaga and KiraKiraBoshi, will join us at the concert.

 Our new Junior Peace and Music Ambassador Japan, Ms. Honoka Kikukawa, will represent Harmony For Peace as a feature performer at the concert, as well as at events throughout the coming year.  We have also launched our Tokyo Art Competition, calling on young artists in Tokyo to submit art of all mediums, illustrating global friendship, free from conflict. The winning artworks will join our “Peace Art Journey” Exhibit, a 12 piece collection illustrating a universal desire for peace, first at the concert hall, and next on its global tour.

 Following the close of the concert, our visiting US musician, cellist Ohad Bar-David, will lead a cross-cultural forum and music presentation with high school students, teachers and instructors at the Symphony Space of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on April 11. Through musical and cross-cultural lessons, students will learn that music can bridge relations among cultures and countries, especially the US and Japan. We hope to see you there!

 

Worldwide peace and nonviolence, especially today, is a grand mission. Yet it is the small efforts and peace-minded initiatives that give hope to such a cause.  

Join us in our efforts for promoting peace, for the sake of the happiness, security and lives of all the peoples of the world, regardless of background, faith, culture or nationality.

One Voice ...One World.

Help music be the universal language to share this powerful message and mission.

With Harmony and Peace,

Tomoko Torii

 

Season's Greetings from Tomoko Torii, President & Executive Director

 

   

 

Dear Friends of Harmony For Peace,

Warm Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.  May the new year bring us all more peaceful surroundings and greater love for all.

As we launch our new year, we ask you for your continued support in our mission and activities this year. 

Last year, we were able to have many exciting programs and events. In the spring, we celebrated our fifth anniversary as a foundation; our Second Annual International Peace Day Concert on September 21 reached over 1000 guests, 300 young and professional performers and 200 Gift of Music recipients; and finally, we launched our World Tour, “A Peace Art Journey” exhibit, showcasing first in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York City – and in December, at the Hofburg Palace and the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with more stops in Europe to follow.

It is a whirlwind of activities, planning and executing, however, it is without doubt that all gives us an utmost pleasure and joy.  And, you all are a great part of this peace building effort Harmony For Peace is fortunate to serve.  Our projects, concerts and initiatives are only made possible through the generous support of our friends. Each day we are encouraged by peace-minded people to move forward with our mission, promoting international and cross-cultural peace and understanding for a world free from violence and most of all nuclear weapons. It is a grand mission, but each day has the potential to make a difference.

We will continue working towards our goal, and therefore, we ask that you continue to join us in our efforts. Your generosity will keep our projects and initiatives strong and ongoing.                                                                                                                  

Thank you for your belief in Harmony For Peace Foundation, and may we wish you greater prosperity and joy in 2015.

With peace and harmony,

Tomoko Torii


from Our President & Executive Director, Tomoko Torii

 

 

Dear Friends,

After months of planning and preparation, our hard work finally amounted to a beautiful and successful Second Annual International Peace Day Concert. Not only did we thrill the audience with splendid musical performances and talent, but we brought together many cultures and backgrounds to celebrate International Day of Peace.

We were able to merge many of our initiatives into one spectacular night, with our core mission of "peace one day" shining through. This year’s concert hosted over two hundred Gift of Music recipients, featured Harmony For Peace’s first Junior Peace and Music Ambassador and showcased our “Art For Peace” winner exhibit. All of these initiatives will continue, made stronger with their presentation at this concert.

We sincerely thank all the young performers, directors and parents, special guests for their dedication and hard work. We hosted a truly spectacular group of artists.

Yet it was only with the help of our supporters and friends that this concert was made possible. Spreading the message of peace does not fall to one person, but rather to a global family, working together to promote international and multicultural friendship and understanding.

Although this concert has come and gone, Harmony For Peace’s mission remains, steadfastly goes on. We will continue to spread a message of peace and nonviolence through music and the arts, and we ask that you continue to join us in these efforts. In today’s world, with threats of war and conflict present each day, our work is needed now more than ever.

With peace and harmony,

Tomoko Torii

President & Executive Director (Founding Partner)
Harmony For Peace Foundation
 
from Our President & Executive Director Tomoko Torii

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

Summer Greetings! I am amazed at how the time is just flying by us. Our Second Annual International Peace Day Concert is just two months away!

This year our concert centers around the concept “Celebrate Peace, Embrace Diversity.”  Every concert, we invite musicians from around the world, each with their own musicality. We bring these performers together, not to merge their sounds, but rather embrace the many cultures and origins that influence their music. Yet their different sounds still harmonize beautifully together.  This year, we will feature an ensemble of international friends with an Eastern and Asian influence in classical rendition.

As the concert date approaches, there is still so much to do. We recently began an international music competition, inviting young musicians to audition to be our Junior Peace and Music Ambassador. The winner will both have a feature spot at our concert, as well as represent Harmony For Peace during the year with musical performances among communities. 

We also launched an online fundraiser to fund our Gift of Music program for this year’s concert. With the help of generous donations, children of the Philadelphia and surrounding areas will be able to experience a night of moving and multicultural music. Perhaps this night could have a lasting impression on our young guests, inspiring them to take up an instrument and to play for peace. 

To make this all possible, we need your support and generosity. No matter where you are, you can join in the effort to not only conceive a superlative musical concert, but spread the message of peace and nonviolence through music.

With peace and harmony

Tomoko Torii

President & Executive Director (Founding Partner)
Harmony For Peace Foundation
 
Tomoko Torii

 

Thanking you for your presence… 

Dear Friends,

Thank you for joining us at our celebration event, “Peace and Tranquility” on April 26th at Shofuso, in Philadelphia. The day began with a downpour of rain until four o’clock. Magically the sky brightened up and the sun came out just before we opened our gate to welcome our guests. After the rain, cool and clean air spread through the ground of the Shofuso.

We welcomed close to eighty guests to the historical tea house.  The evening was filled with many programs; a tea ceremony, Japanese sake & cuisine, a silent auction presentation by Kimono Society with a performance of a few arias sang by our guest opera singers, Eunmi and Yungbae which made it a perfect evening. (You can view the photos from the event from here.)

It was the one of the most memorable evenings surrounded by many good friends. I would like to thank again to our guests, performers, volunteers and helpers at the event making it a wonderful celebration for the Harmony For Peace's fifth anniversay.  

With sincere appreciation,

Tomoko Torii

President & Executive Director (Founding Partner)
Harmony For Peace Foundation

 

Tomoko Torii

 

 

Celebrating Our Fifth Anniversary This Year!

 

Dear Friends of Harmony for Peace,

 

The Harmony For Peace Foundation was founded in 2009, thus celebrating our Fifth Anniversary.  As we look back to our beginning, it is very humbling but at the same time it brings a sense of pride and joy that we have made it through our first five years.  This is of course due to the people who support us, help us, advise us and encourage us in many ways and that makes us go forward with strides.  We thank you for your continued and warm support. Our BIG THANK YOU to you all.

 

To celebrate this special year, on Saturday April 26, we are holding a benefit event “Peace and Tranquility” at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia.  Please join us to celebrate the occasion! You can find more details here.

 

Last September, we presented our first International Peace Day Concert in Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly Love” with the strong message of non-violence and unity through music by many young artists.  We were able to work with over 160 young performers joined from both in and out of the United States, bringing a beautiful harmony for peace onto the stage of the Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts.  We were so encouraged with the large attendance that enjoyed the concert, our second International Peace Day Concert will be staged again at the Verizon Hall on September 20 this year.  We will be making an announcement of the performers very soon. Please click here for more details.

 

Excited by this strong bond and unity of music by so many young artists in Philadelphia, we are planning our Peace Concert in Tokyo, Japan this year.  Again the details will be soon published on this website.  All of our friends in Japan, please look out for this exciting news soon!

 

Our New Global Peace Campaign, “From Guns to Butterflies for Peace” will be launched shortly and will be an initiative of an art competition and online exhibition.  This is another opportunity where everyone can participate. So look out for the “How to Participate” in your email soon!

 

In 2014, we ask for your continued warm and strong support for Harmony For Peace!

 

With gratitude, much peace and harmony

 

Tomoko Torii

President & Executive Director (Founding Partner)

Harmony For Peace Foundation

 
At Harmony For Peace, we believe in a role of art as a messenger to play a social progress
to transform our society to bring peace for our children and their children.
Peace and Unity through Music
 
 
Tomoko Torii

 

 

 

You can make a difference!

Our International Peace Day Concert 2013 was held with a big success!

Dear Friends of Harmony For Peace:

Thank you for your warm and generous support for our International Peace Day Concert held on September 21 at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

I wish to express my sincere thanks to all who came to the concert, sent in their support and cheered us with warm encouragements. We were thrilled to note that we were able to celebrate the Peace Day along with over 160 performing artists and 800 guests in the audience.  The concert was filled with love and unity calling for peace in the world for a global day seeking nonviolence and cessation of conflicts and hostilities.

The concert brought tears to many and it was indeed a moving experience for everyone at the concert. Our sincere appreciation to all the performers, music directors, partnering organizations, guests, volunteers and of course, Kimmel center's production crew.

Particularly, we were very grateful to our special guests, Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni of “Duo Amal,” who traveled from Europe to joined us and performed for us. (more information)

We believe this occasion brought many people a great friendship and understanding. We believe everyday should be a Peace Day, and at the concert together, we promised to make an effort to make every day a Peace Day. 

See you again on the Peace Day in 2014!

 Tomoko Torii

President & Executive Director

Harmony For Peace Foundation

 

Tomoko Torii

 

 

Calling for a World Peace on International Peace Day on September 21

We are very pleased to announce our upcoming event of "International Peace Day Concert for Young People" on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Kimmel Center, Philadelphia celebrating International Peace Day.  

The occasion will introduce the collaborative effort of musically superior presentations by many young artists regionally and internationally, creating a festive cultural exchange and together calling for a world peace.

We believe this occasion will build great friendship between the countries and their people participating and we hope you will be able to celebrate with us in our effort to promote unity through music.

International Peace Day is a day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a cessation of hostilities for the day. For 2013, the United Nations theme for this effort is “Education for Peace” which champions education that focuses on teaching youth to have mutual respect for others, the world we live in, and to help create a fairer, inclusive, and peaceful society.

We welcome our special guests of the evening, “Duo Amal”, a piano duo artists, Israeli Yaron Kohlberg and Palestinian Bishara Haroni, who have been performing together to promote peace and friendship beyond borders. 

Not only on the battlefields, but on this day together we strive for nonviolent effort even in homes, schools, and workplaces around you.

Harmony for Peace supports and strives to promote the vision of Peace One Day” in an effort to create intercultural cooperation towards peace. We strongly believe children to be leaders of peace projects and that the youth are the leaders of tomorrow.

Let’s play and pray for peace together on the Peace Day, September 21, 2013.

Tomoko Torii

President & Executive Director, Harmony For Peace Foundation

 

Tomoko Torii

 

 

Our activities in 2013

Upon reflecting over 2012, the most natural and poignant symbol of our message is when our world was filled with so many beautiful artworks by children and teens.  We are very fortunate to have had this opportunity to communicate such a strong voice for our common goal, a peaceful world, and a world free of nuclear weapons.  This is a step toward our collective effort. We will continue with an even greater effort this year. Please keep your support for us and look forward to our united work with young people in the form of film, music presentation and art exhibitions in 2013.

Thank you again for your continued warm and strong support for the Harmony For Peace Foundation and hope you will join us in our many exciting and inspiring events this year. More news to follow soon!

With gratitude, Much Peace and Harmony 

 

Tomoko Torii
President & Executive Director, Harmony For Peace Foundation