Elton John and others team up for concerts remembering the slain American journalist

By peoplestaff225
Updated August 13, 2004 01:00 PM
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An international group of musicians – including Barbra Streisand, Yo-Yo Ma, Ravi Shankar, Itzhak Perlman and Herbie Hancock – will join in the third annual Daniel Pearl Music Day, a worldwide network of concerts centered around the Oct. 10 birthday of the American reporter kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

“Daniel Pearl was exceedingly brave, was one of these journalists (who) put their life on the line to bring you the truth,” said concert committee member Elton John during a previous Music Day performance – at which John dedicated his song “Daniel.”

Pearl, who wrote for the Wall Street Journal, was also a classically trained violinist as well as a fiddler and a mandolin player whose passion for music helped him form friendships across cultural and ideological divides.

“It was his belief in music as a universal language that inspired us to commemorate his legacy in this way,” said Judea Pearl, Daniel’s father and President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. “Of all the bridge-building programs the Foundation is involved in, I believe Music Day is the one Danny would most enjoy.”

During last year’s Music Day, 230 concerts in 29 countries were dedicated to the ideals for which Daniel stood. This year, in events to be held from Oct. 8-17 and dedicated to “Harmony for Humanity,” the Foundation is focusing on increasing youth participation.

Registration at www.danielpearl.org/musicday04 is free and open to anyone – professional or amateur – wishing to advance the ideals of tolerance and humanity through music. Daniel Pearl Music Day coordinators can be contacted at musicday@danielpearl.org or by calling 1-877-9-MUSIC-9 or 1-707-861-6010.