Then & Now 6/19: Music For Peace
On this date in 1869, it was the final concert of a five-day "Great National Peace Jubilee" involving an orchestra of 1000 and a chorus of 10,000 organized by bandmaster Patrick Gilmore performing in a specially-constructed hall in Boston’s Back Bay.
Last week, Yo-Yo Ma was calling for peace in Chicago. The famous musician used his cello to promote awareness for gun violence. More than a thousand people jammed into the St. Sabina historic church to hear the renowned musician play an eclectic selection of music with members of the Chicago Symphony and Civic Orchestras, along with the Chicago Children's Choir. Organizers said Yo-Yo Ma reached out to the church because he wanted to do something about the violence in Chicago that claims the lives to so many young people. In addition to bringing attention to the problems of gun violence, the concert raised about $70,000 which will go to a program run by St. Sabina that helps rehabilitate young men who have been in trouble with the law.
(photo: Jason Bell)