Seattle Symphony dedicates “Celebrate Asia” concert to victims of violence and hate crimes

Posted on: March 18, 2021

The Seattle Symphony is dedicating its March 18 “Celebrate Asia” concert to Daoyou Feng, Pak Ho, Paul Andre Michels, Vicha Ratanapakdee, Xiaojie Yan, and Delaina Ashley Yuan, six of the eight people killed on Tuesday in attacks that targeted Asian-run spas. In a statement, the orchestra said it was dedicating the concert to “those who have lost their lives and all victims of violence rooted in bigotry and hatred.” Seattle Symphony President and CEO Krishna Thiagarajan said, “The recent rise in xenophobic attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is unacceptable and heartbreaking, particularly during a year that has already been so challenging. Music can offer healing where words fail and we dedicate this concert to you. To all those affected by this senseless violence—you are not alone, we stand with you. We mourn the losses of Daoyou Feng, Pak Ho, Paul Andre Michels, Vicha Ratanapakdee, Xiaojie Yan, Delaina Ashley Yuan and countless others. The March 18, 2021 Celebrate Asia concert is dedicated in memory of these victims.” Guest conductor Keitaro Harada will lead the virtual Seattle Symphony program at Benaroya Hall featuring contemporary works by Dai Fujikura, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and Akira Senju.