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Daniel Pearl Music Day Under Way with Nearly 300 Concerts in More Than 30 Countries

Record Number of Musicians Join in a Global Concert of "Harmony for Humanity"

Los Angeles – October 8, 2004 —The Third Annual Daniel Pearl Music Day, a global celebration of Harmony for Humanity, kicks off today with nearly 300 concerts in more than thirty countries. Registration is ongoing.

The growing list of participants includes orchestras and chorale groups; music festivals showcasing folk, bluegrass, jazz, rock, world music, fusion and more; youth concerts, inter-faith events and other performances. The full list of concerts is available at www.danielpearl.org/musicday04.

A project of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, Daniel Pearl Music Day links professional and amateur musicians throughout the world in an affirmation of our common humanity. Participants make commitments to respect differences and stand against bigotry and hatred. Musical events are encouraged to participate in Music Day throughout the celebration from October 8-17. Musicians performing during these dates are invited to register concerts with the Daniel Pearl Foundation at www.danielpearl.org/musicday04 and to make dedications from the stage.

“People have united to form a legacy of hope that extends beyond our family’s grief,” said Ruth Pearl, Daniel’s mother and CFO of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. “On what would have been Danny’s 41st birthday, we are honored that musicians and their audiences around the globe are sharing his unwavering belief in the unifying power of music.”

Highlights of this year’s Music Day dedications include:

* Nearly 50 orchestras and chorale groups in Jordan, Malta, Poland, South Africa, Israel, Greece, Canada, Mexico, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States, featuring renowned musicians such as Zubin Mehta, Yefim Bronfman, Ida Haendel and Sir James Galway.

* Over 20 festivals representing musical styles from Acapella to Zydeco and everything in between.

* Over 20 events broadcast by radio, television or via the internet, such as "Songs of Hope and Freedom" at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington, DC.

* Dozens of inter-faith programs including Yair Dalal's Jewish-Arab ensemble in Tel Aviv; the Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra in Ra’anana, Israel; a Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim students’ concert in Los Angeles; and a musical tour of the Mediterranean Basin in London.

* Concerts with a direct connection to Daniel Pearl include a special performance of Russell Steinberg's "Stories of My Favorite Planet" based on Pearl's articles in the Wall Street Journal; violin performances by Jeremy Kittel and Kailin Yong, recipients of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin; Todd Mack's radio show [Off the Beat-n-Track] featuring recordings of Daniel Pearl on fiddle; Pearl’s former band-mates Jimmy Lang, Cheryl Brown and Michael Tobin performing in Berkeley, California, and Mariane Pearl’s “Guateque” in Paris.

Daniel Pearl Music Day was started in 2002 in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter and musician Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan by terrorists. The annual event falls around his October 10th birthday and carries on his practice of reaching out in friendship through music.

There is no financial or fundraising obligation for participation. Register online at www.danielpearl.org, by fax at 1-707-829-9483, or email at [email protected].

About the Daniel Pearl Foundation
The Daniel Pearl Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote cross-cultural understanding, to combat cultural and religious hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to unite through music. The Foundation thanks the Skirball Foundation for encouraging youth involvement in these activities. For more information please visit www.danielpearl.org .

Jordan Fischler
Allison & Partners
Tel 310-314-5405
[email protected]

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