Springfield College hosted “Daniel Pearl Music Day” on Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Flynn Campus Union. The event was part of the 2015 William Simpson Fine Art Series. The concert featured performances by the Zanetti School Choir, the Community Music School CMG Jazz Ensemble, Springfield College students, and other special guests.
In celebration of the Springfield community, this event was part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an international network of concerts that uses music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity. Since 2002, the event, named after journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by Islamist extremists while reporting from Pakistan, has grown to include more than 11,000 shows in 129 countries, including Pakistan.
Pearl’s family and friends came together to work towards a more humane world, forming the Daniel Pearl Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications. Pearl was a talented musician who joined musical groups in every community in which he lived, leaving behind a long trail of musician-friends spanning the entire world.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News and World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.