The concert will feature composer and conductor Johan de Meij, known for “The Lord of the Rings” symphony. He will be joined by the Peabody Youth Orchestra of Baltimore (Harlan D. Parker, Music Director) and other Harmony For Peace musicians. Featured artists will include Gohei Nishikawa, a concert pianist who has overcome a battle with dystonia to continue a successful career; and newly welcomed Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, accomplished violinist and violist and Executive Director of Children's Orchestra Society of New York, who for the last 25 years has been using music to work with children with developmental disorders. (More detailed biographical information is available from here.)
According to Executive Director Tomoko Torii, “For the past several years, our organization has been working closely with the United Nations, especially the Office of Disarmament Affairs, and is now an accredited civil society of the UN. This year, it is our great honor to be celebrating the anniversary of the UN’s founding as well as its continuous efforts for peace and human rights. This special event will present an opportunity for internationally, regionally and locally known artists to work together with young performers and promote friendship and peace across national and cultural borders.”
Harmony For Peace Foundation works to provide musical education and opportunities to aspiring youth artists, and will invite ChildrenSong of NJ and the Chester County Youth Choir and Chorale, two musical groups from the surrounding area, to once again take the stage. Through its donor-funded Gift of Music program, the foundation 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.
The United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia will join Harmony For Peace as project partner, and will together lead an interfaith forum, “Living Together; the Art of Religious Tolerance,” prior to the concert from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center. Religious and cultural communities throughout the region will meet to discuss the United Nations’ mission for universal rights, the legacy of William Penn and Philadelphia, and the complexities of living together.
Tickets are available through the Kimmel Center box office. Donation and sponsorship opportunities are available through Harmony For Peace, including options for the post-concert meet-the-artists reception and dinner at a downtown restaurant. Also, more information can be found at www.harmonyforpeace.org.
About Harmony For Peace Foundation:
The Harmony for Peace Foundation, www.harmonyforpeace.org, seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding through the universal language of music, serving as a bridge among nations to promote mutual respect and a common path to world peace. Through performances, art exhibitions, events and advocacy we stand for a united voice of reason against nuclear proliferation across the globe. The Founder Tomoko Torii has spent the last 25 years creating opportunities for cross-cultural and international exchange. Known for a myriad of accomplishments in both business and musical and visual arts, Torii began Harmony For Peace Foundation in 2009 as a platform for artists worldwide for creating a global family through music and arts for more peaceful and harmonious world. Harmony For Peace is a NGO-501(C) 3 incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA.