Partners

Under the visionary leadership of Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and Judson and Joyce Green Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, and directed by Jonathan McCormick, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute produced the Concerts for Peace and songwriting projects with Purpose Over Pain as part of a suite of programs that educate audiences, train young musicians and serve the city of Chicago and the world through music

ORGANIZATIONS

Purpose Over Pain is a support group for parents of murdered children and an advocacy group which works for stricter gun control legislation. Members of Purpose Over Pain have written the songs featured in this project.

The Faith Community of St. Sabina is a Catholic church in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Led by Pastor Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina Church is also home to numerous programs that serve the community, including an employment resource center, a school, and an elder’s home.

The Strong Futures Jobs Program connects justice-involved, disconnected youth and young adults to full-time employment. The St. Sabina community provides mentoring and raises funding to support this jobs program. Proceeds from the Concerts for Peace go to expanding the Strong Futures program.

COLLABORATORS

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s social impact, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Mr. Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce humanity.

Sara Lee is artistic director of the Irene Taylor Trust, a London, England-based organization that works collaboratively with people to create original music. For over thirty years, Sara has led musical projects that have engaged young people, ex-prisoners who are rebuilding their lives on release and people of all ages in prisons.

Rex Horan is a multi-faceted musician and Project Leader for the Irene Taylor Trust. In this capacity has led over 150 musical projects for current and ex-prisoners throughout Great Britain and Wales.

Josh Fink is a composer, teacher, and bassist living in Montreal, Canada. Josh is an alumni of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has been a teaching artist and composer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2014.

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Ponder enjoys a busy career as a soloist and ensemble singer with Lyric Opera Chicago, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Chorus, Chicago a cappella, and many others. She has been a teaching artist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2010.

Singer Journey Allison will be a senior at Holy Trinity High School in the fall. She is a member of the St. Sabina Youth Choir, plays the piano, and has played trumpet in Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Takesha Mishé Kizart is a versatile actress and classical, jazz, soul, and pop vocalist. She has performed with orchestras and in opera houses across the world, and is a dedicated teacher as well.

Members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago included Carmen Abelson, Joy Vucekovich, Tara Lynn Ramsey*, Liaht Slobodkin, Joy Vucekovich (violins); Roslyn Green, Seth Pae (violas); Denielle Wilson (cello); James Hall* (bass); Christy Kim, Patrick Tsuji* (flutes); Siyoon Park (oboe); Zachary Good* (clarinet)
(*former members)

A team of designers and developers based in Chicago came together on nights and weekends in 2018 to build this website. The team includes Ben Callanta, Kate Guarna, Lindsey Jones, Ross Kelly, Gracelyn Newhouse, Patrice Payne, Vinithra Rajagopalan, Rick Ridgway, Brian Wandawa, Sheena Wang, and Paul Wiggin.

Todd Rosenberg has been recognized among the top tier entertainment and sports photographers in the city of Chicago. A native of Chicago, his impressive client list contains some of the the most distinguished entertainment organizations in the city including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance, Second City and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Mat Lejeune is a recording engineer with the Chicago Recording Company and an invaluable collaborator on this project.