I must admit, I had one of the best seats in the house at St. Mary Catholic Church for the Peace Through Music concert, hosted by the Sister Cities Association of Wilmington. I was so honored to be the event's emcee.
See pictures from the event, via the Wilmington Star News and Jeff Janowski
If you haven't gone to this, you need to put it on the calendar for next year. It was one of the most uplifting performances I've attended. Some people even said it's one of the best programs of the year. I wouldn't argue that!
The program centers around honoring Daniel Pearl, the journalist who was beheaded by terrorists in 2002.
NC CONNECTION: Senior al-Qaeda member Khalid Sheik Mohammed admitted to beheading Pearl. Khalid Sheik Mohammed attended Chowan College and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He is currently in custody at Guantanamo Bay.
Daniel Pearl worked as a bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and was living in Mumbai, India. He went to Pakistan to work on a story about a possible connection between "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid and al-Qaeda. While investigating, Pearl was captured by terrorists. His wife gave birth to their son 12 days after he was killed.
Of course, this rattled the world. A basic journalism principle is that you cannot have a free society without a free press. And, his death was terribly brutal.
Aside from Pearl being a hard-nosed journalist, he also happened to be a great musician. He played violin and was known for traveling the world and making new friends through music. It's because of that spirit that peace concerts are held throughout the world during the month of October.
I didn't know what to expect for our Wilmington concert, but it was such an overwhelmingly, great event. First of all, the groups are amazing. Secondly, the acoustics at St. Mary's are absolutely divine.
Here's the list of groups that performed. I highly recommend you seek them out for their next performance. I know that the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra puts on a free family concert at Kenan Auditorium in the spring.