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Daniel Pearl World Music Day celebration in Flint

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The Flint Jewish Federation presents the Fourth Daniel Pearl World Music Days-Humanity in Harmony Concert, Sunday October 23 at 2PM at the MacArthur Recital hall at the Flint Institute of Music. While there are Daniel Pearl World Music Days events all over the world, the Humanity in Harmony Concert is the only one in Michigan.

The "Fourth Humanity in Harmony Concert” has four parts, it will; showcase stringed instruments from different cultures stringing diversity together, offer free master’s music workshop programs for students and adults, feature a journalist in residence and an opportunity for local Journalism students to win $1,000 in scholarships.

Events everywhere from the Middle East to East Detroit remind us of how dangerous a reporter’s life can be. Daniel Pearl was a journalist; a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who was killed in Pakistan while reporting on the unrest in that part of the world. The story was turned into the film “A Mighty Heart” starring Angelina Jolie as his widow.

Daniel Pearl World Music Days is about creating a “dialogue in music.” Daniel Pearl was not only a well-respected reporter; he was also an accomplished violinist! The Daniel Pearl Foundation keeps his memory alive through music; there are Daniel Pearl World Music Days concerts all over the world. The Pearl family wanted their son to be remembered for what he loved, not how he died, that’s why they created Daniel Pearl World Music Days.

Steven Low, the Executive Director of the Flint Jewish Federation, brought the idea of a music concert with him when he came to Flint. He thought playing music together would show how much more we have in common as human beings than we have in differences. “If we can get people to talk to each other through the medium of music, maybe it will be easier to talk about more difficult subjects”, Low said.

The Fourth Humanity in Harmony Concert will once again be an eclectic mix of styles and culture. Opening the program for the fourth time will be; the Dort Honors String Quartet, four very talented high school musicians from the Flint School of the Performing Arts.

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