The 13th annual ‘Peace Through Music’ concert raises money and awareness for tolerance
By Carl Kozlowski 11/03/2011
When the Columbine High School massacre shocked the world in 1999, people hoped that such a tragedy would never happen again. But Pasadena resident Nat Nehdar went the extra mile to do something about it, dedicating much of his time to discussing tolerance and conflict resolution via volunteer lectures in Pasadena Unified School District schools.
He didn’t stop there, however. In fact, Nehdar has produced a benefit concert to raise awareness among the general public as well. Next Saturday, Nov. 12, marks his 13th annual “Peace Through Music: Erasing Hate, Giving Hope, Bringing Joy and Saving Our Children From Violence” show. Featuring a rich mix of top-notch jazz and classical artists, the concert is headlined by nationally-renowned jazz sensation Nolan Shaheed and his band.
Other participants include concert pianist Yin Yin Huang, jazz pianist Justin Ramos, vocalist Mike Shudo, ballerina Victoria Gu and pianist Hannah Chang. Rounding out the bill are the twin sister piano duo of Dahlia and Lilac Peterson (pictured), pianist Serna Wang and singer-songwriter Eddie Cunningham, who will sing a special song in commemoration of Sept. 11.
“I made a commitment 13 years ago to make sure that never again such a tragedy as Columbine would take place in America’s schools,” says Nehdar, who is chairman of the Pasadena Human Relations Commission. “I began an outreach program at PUSD by going to classes on an ongoing basis, giving lectures and seminars on how to overcome discrimination, prejudice, hate and bullying. I feel it’s important for adults to also attend the concert in support of peace and harmony.”
The 13th annual “Peace Through Music” concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Pasadena First Church of Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students. Call (626) 437-1354.