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“Our peace concerts were initially annual holiday concerts, which sought to resolve an inherent conflict: what is the most effective and inclusive way a new art music organization can celebrate the yearend holidays in a multi-cultural, multi-religious society? The answer was found in the common ground of the peace, kindness, compassion, and generosity espoused by the great religions and peace activists in the world. This year as we commemorate the horrific atrocity that was 9/11, we find solace in the music and inspiration in the relevant texts of Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions,” said Burns. “Audiences can expect a meditative, yet optimistic, afternoon.”


“Thanks to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for providing four tickets for all Chicago firefighters and police officers so they can bring their families to the performance at no charge. All they need to do is make advance reservations by emailing RSVP@fulcrumpoint.org (reference “JPMCtix” in the subject line) or call 312-726-3846,” said Sophia Wong Boccio, Fulcrum Point’s Executive Director.


The uplifting, inclusive program will feature the Fulcrum Point ensemble conducted by Stephen Burns with traditional songs and prayers from various faiths.


Guest artists joining Fulcrum Point on stage will be the New Classic Singers, conducted by Lee Kesselman, along with Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, soloists Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi (tenor), Kathleen Supové (piano), Saalik Ahmad Ziyad (Gospel tradition) and Zeshan Bagewadi (Islamic Ghazal).


  • The program and featured works:
  • Musica Celestis – Aaron Jay Kernis (1990)
  • Sensoo – Lee Kesselman (2006) performed by: New Classic Singers, Lee Kesselman, conductor
  • Buddha Girl – Marita Bolles (2004) performed by: Kathleen Supové, piano
  • Traditional Buddhist Chant – Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Norbu Samphell, President of the Tibetan Alliance of Chicago, translator
  • Fratres – Arvo Pärt (1977/1992)
  • Lord Give Me the Hope – Saalik Ahmad Ziyad (2011)
  • Lamentation on the Disasters of War (World Premiere) – Karim Al-Zand (2006)
  • Kya Toota Hai, Andhar Andhar – Shehzad/Bagewadi (2011) performed by: Zeshan Bagewadi and Josh Fink
  • 3 Yiddish Songs (World Premiere) – David Stock (2011), Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, tenor
  • Kaddish, traditional prayer for the dead


This concert’s live broadcast on 98.7WFMT is generously supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Location: Harris Theater for Music and Dance


Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 East Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601

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