The Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic will be joining a global community of musicians that is commemorating the 11th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Concerts and musical events are planned throughout the world this month to honor Pearl, a “Wall Street Journal” reporter who was captured and killed in 2002 while investigating a story in Pakistan.
The mission of the effort, which was launched by the Daniel Pearl Foundation, is to use the power of music to “reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and humanity.” In addition to being a writer, Pearl also was an accomplished violinist. (A video created for last year’s event can be seen above.)
The Stamford group will be dedicating its rehearsals on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, toward the effort. The public is invited to attend these open rehearsals, which will be conducted under the theme of “Harmony for Humanity.” Guests are encouraged to come out in support for tolerance and a shared humanity. Rehearsals will be taking plan from 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. in the auditorium and other rehearsal spaces at Trinity Catholic High School at 926 Newfield Ave., in Stamford.
Last year’s Music Days set a record, with 2,089 events in 84 countries.
This is the dedication, as stated in a recent news release, that the groups will be guided by tonight as they create their music:
Daniel Pearl was a newspaper reporter and a violin player who traveled the world and used music to make friends in many countries. In 2002, he was murdered by terrorists while investigating a story in Pakistan. His family decided to carry on Danny’s work and use music to help people learn to respect each other and honor diversity. October 10 was Danny’s birthday, and tonight’s rehearsal is part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days. This month, musicians all over the world are dedicating concerts and rehearsals to our shared belief that even though we may have different races, religions or ethnic backgrounds, we can all work together to achieve a better, hate free world for everyone. When we come together to make music, as we are tonight, we put aside our differences and grievances. Music is a unique bridge-builder, and ‘Harmony for Humanity’ is the theme of Daniel Pearl World Music Days: We hope that you will take this reminder to find ways to bridge cultural differences and bring harmony to the world.
The music group until recently was led by founder Salvatore Princiotti. However, this year marks the arrival of Christian Capocaccia, who is the group’s new music director and principal conductor.