LOS ANGELES (Oct. 21, 2014) - A celebration of songs and poetry will mark the fifth-annual Daniel Pearl World Music Day celebration at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m.. One of the centerpieces of the school choir’s performance this year is “The Lion’s Den,” featuring lyrics based on a poem that Judea Pearl, father of journalist Daniel Pearl, wrote marking the 10th anniversary of his son’s death. The poem was published on Jan. 22, 2012, in the New Yorker magazine.
The hour-long performance will also feature Tara Kissane, past president of the Arizona Music Educators Association and president of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education. He will be accompanying the 38-member choir on piano. Alumnus Marco Perez will be playing the mandolin.
Besides singing songs in Hebrew, the students also will perform contemporary pop songs. Students will greet the audience in 14 different languages to highlight the diversity of the school, which is the smallest comprehensive high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
“I cannot think of a more appropriate venue to celebrate the memory of Daniel Pearl and support the message of tolerance and understanding,” said Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Tamar Galatzan, who represents Daniel Pearl Magnet High School.
Teacher Jacqueline Gorski, who placed among the District’s 2013 Teacher of the Year competition, leads the school’s music program. Gorski began the music program at Pearl High School five years ago, and has earned recognition for her hard work and dedication to her students. Her students were featured in a segment of “The Voice” in spring 2013. A year later, she was honored by Queen Latifah, and appeared on her talk show.
The school’s, “Daniel Pearl World Music Day” is just one of the performances in 129 countries participating in the event, which is sponsored by the Daniel Pearl Foundation.
These performances are dedicated to the ideals of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal
reporter and musician, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002. His birthday is Oct. 10, so musical performances will be held throughout the month to raise awareness and promote peace, tolerance and understanding of the various cultures around the world.
Daniel Pearl World Music Day
Thursday, Oct. 23
Daniel Pearl Magnet High School,
6649 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406