Consulate General Calgary celebrated Daniel Pearl World Music Days on October 28, 2014 in partnership with the Canadian National Music Centre. This event was part of an international network of concerts that use the power of music to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and humanity. In a fusion of design and music, Brad Cloepfil, the American architect of the new home of the National Music Centre was honored along with the memory of Daniel Pearl through a series of musical performances by Albertans Justine Tyrell, Olivia Wik and Alabama native Celia Rose.
Daniel Pearl World Music Days was created in response to the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. Daniel’s family and friends came together to form the Daniel Pearl Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications. Commemorating Daniel’s birthday, participation in World Music days has grown to over 11,000 performances in 129 countries over the last decade.
With the construction of the new National Music Centre harmony for humanity is being built into the heart of Calgary. The physical building is a symbol of American and Canadian cooperation and an enduring tribute to the power of music. Once completed in 2016 the National Music Centre will be an ideal venue for Americans and Canadians to collaborate artistically along with hosting events like Daniel Pearl World Music Days that amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music. For more information on the National Music Centre and to see their new design, click here.