Our Recent Initiatives
Second Annual International Peace Day Concert
We are happy to announce that our Second Annual International Peace Day Concert at the Philadelphia Kimmel Center on September 20, 2014 hosted close to 1000 guests and performers. Our lineup included special guests Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Ohad Bar-David, violinist Hanna Khoury, master percussionist Hafez Kotain, erhu player Jiebing Chen and emerging young conductor Reona Ito.
They, along with our other talented artists, thrilled the audience with their outstanding performances and joint message of cross-cultural peace and understanding.
Junior Peace and Music Ambassador (US )
Harmony For Peace Fifth Anniversary Celebration
The Fifth Anniversary of Harmony For Peace Foundation was held in the tranquil setting of Shofuso, a beautiful Japanese House and Garden in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia. Guests enjoyed a tradition Tea Ceremony with matcha, thick green tea, and Japanese sweets. Next there was a Kimono Show & Silent Auction of beautiful Japanese kimono accessaries and crafts, followed by a Special Guest Performance by Ms. Eunmi Shin, Soprano and Mr. Yungbae Yang, Tenor.
The evening wrapped up with a sake tasting, small hor d’oeuvres and sushi.
To encourage international understanding and collaboration, Harmony For Peace has created the role of “Junior Peace and Music Ambassador.” The honorary title will be granted to a selected musical talent for one year.The musician chosen will be featured at the Annual International Peace Day Concert. The winner of the contest will work with the Harmony For Peace Foundation to spread the message of peace and friendship. In addition, he or she will promote unity through music among young people in diverse cultural communities with performances during the year.
2014 Junior Ambassador: Brenden Zak of Ocean County, NJ
World Tour - "A Peace Art Journey" Exhibit
In 2012, the Harmony For Peace Foundation partnered with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and presented the “Art for Peace 2012” contest, calling on all young artists around the world to imagine a “World Free of Nuclear Weapons.”
Harmony For Peace turned the 12 winning pieces (out of over 6600) into an art exhibit. To spread this message both locally and internationally, the exhibit has and will travel on a “Peace Journey.” Stops have included Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York in the US. The exhibit just launched its global tour in Vienna Austria, and next moves to Berlin. Other European stops are in conversation, and in April 2015, the exhibit will begin its Asia tour, staring first in Tokyo and Hiroshima Japan.
In the spirit of promoting international peace, understanding and reconciliation, Harmony For Peace Foundation traveled to Tokyo, Japan to present its Peace Project Japan 2015. These five initiatives use music and art to promote friendship and unity among nations, in particular the US and Japan.