Celebrating International Peace Day

September 20, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Bella Hristova, violin

Coronado Performing Arts Center
314 N. Main St. / Rockford, IL

Tickets are $22 - $60
Student tickets (22 and under) are $7

Program Notes

Sir Andrzej Panufnik Procession for Peace
Raymond Horton Make Gentle the Life of This World
Sergey Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major
     Bella Hristova, violin
Carl Nielsen Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”

Panufnik, a Polish composer who defected to Britain, dedicated his Procession for Peace “to peace-loving people of every race and religion, of every political and philosophical creed.” The award-winning "Make Gentle," written by a member of the Louisville Orchestra, uses a recording of the 1968 speech given by Robert Kennedy on the day Martin Luther King was shot. Prokofiev wrote his dreamy first violin concerto during World War I, and its peaceful serenity stands in sharp contrast to that War’s destruction. Danish composer Nielsen wrote his Fourth Symphony against the backdrop of that war, giving it the subtitle “The Inextinguishable”, referring to the power of the human will to live.

The International Day of Peace, established by United Nations resolution in 1981, provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and nations to create practical acts of Peace on a shared date (September 21). Initially begun as a day for warring countries to lay down their arms enabling aid workers to freely tend to those in need, the day has grown in significance as both an effective tool for aid workers and also as a real example of the impact acts of peace can have on a community, nation, and world.

Click Here to learn more about the International Day of Peace

Graciously Sponsored by:  Savant Tagline logo-Gold-CMYK
Kelling Puri Peace Plaza & the Rockford Peace Month Coalition