The music is the message

The music is the message

I subscribe to the newsletter of the Daniel Pearl Foundation (and you can too:

As journalists, Jews, Americans, and just plain human beings, we at the Standard were horrified at the grisly murder of the young Wall Street journalist in Pakistan in 2002. If you recall, he said “I am a Jew; my father is a Jew,” just before he was beheaded.

His parents created a foundation in his memory with the avowed intention of making a better world, and among its projects is Daniel Pearl World Music Days, Oct. 1 to 31. (Pearl would have been 46 on Oct. 10.) The newsletter describes World Music Days as “a month-long global network of concerts dedicated to tolerance and humanity.”

What the foundation asks is that musicians performing during those days “dedicate their musical performances to our global symphony. Dedications can be made from the stage, or in the printed program of either previously scheduled performances or specifically organized ones. There is no financial obligation.”

To learn more or to register, go to

This is an area rich in classical, pop, and rock musicians who perform on local stages. We encourage them to take part in what surely will be a moving tribute – and help spread the Pearls’ message.