Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma in “Concert for Peace” benefiting at-risk youth

Posted on: June 13, 2017

“ ‘Yo-Yo Ma wanted to meet with me, and I thought it was a joke,’ Reverend Michael L. Pfleger said to an audience of over 1,000 people at St. Sabina Church on Sunday, June 11,” writes Michael San Gabino on Monday (6/12) at Chicago radio station WFMT. “St. Sabina, Chicago’s largest African American Catholic church, is located in Auburn Gresham, a South Side neighborhood that has suffered from much of the violence that has plagued Chicago. Pfleger … said that his work inspired Yo-Yo Ma to take action…. In partnership with St. Sabina, Yo-Yo Ma, the internationally renowned cellist and creative consultant of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, presented a ‘Concert for Peace’ with members of the CSO and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Chicago Children’s Choir. The concert raised $70,000.00 to benefit St. Sabina’s Strong Futures program [which] engages 50 at-risk youth between the ages of 17 and 26…. This age bracket is the most likely to be incarcerated or shot, and they are less likely to have academic and professional resources…. Two selections were dedicated to children that have been lost to violence…. ‘I’ve been in tears all afternoon,’ Ma said quietly after [‘You Raise Me Up,’] the last selection…. ‘Words and sounds mean a lot when we take action.’ ”

Posted June 13, 2017

Pictured: Reverend Michael L. Pfleger and Yo-Yo Ma at the “Concert for Peace” on June 11, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Chicago Children’s Choir. Photo by Todd Rosenberg