The solution to Chiraq’s gun violence: Yo-Yo Ma to perform at 'Concert for Peace' in Chicago

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:30:50 +0000


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Yo Yo Ma: Bringing a cello to the gunfight

Over Mother’s Day weekend, Chiraq saw 3 dead and 13 shot (at the time of my writing this post). To date, Chiraq has had 962 people shot and wounded.

Apparently all it takes to address the out-of-control gun violence is a cello performance. Who knew?

From ABC7: Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma will join other performers for a concert aimed at reducing violence in Chicago. The Concert for Peace is scheduled for June 11 at St. Sabina Church on the city’s South Side. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association says Ma will perform with members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Children’s Choir. The Rev. Michael Pfleger also will speak during the concert.

All proceeds will go toward anti-violence and employment programs at St. Sabina. Ma is a creative consultant for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ricardo Muti is music director.

Ma and Muti teamed with Pfleger in planning the concert. They say it builds on their belief that art and music play a critical role in solving issues facing the community.


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