The concert begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, May 10, 2013, and takes place at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, 2 East 90th Street, New York, New York. It is being co-sponsored by the Church of the Heavenly Rest and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
This "night watch" concert will include music for contemplation, inspiration, and healing, performed by musicians from Boston, New York, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia. Chamber, Choral, Organ, Orchestral, and Jazz Music will be represented. The event is being organized and led by Tong Chen, producer and conductor. All performers are donating their services for this event.
Audience members are free to come and go during the concert. The organizers will issue a voluntary call to action and encourage attendees to stand-up for peace, tolerance, reconciliation, and non-violence.
Conductor Chen says: “In the wake of countless violent tragedies happening around the world we hope that this concert will play a vital role in encouraging more music making—more intense than ever—at every level of society. And as musicians we want to share our gifts, our passions, and bring something beautiful and wonderful to this world.”
The Church of the Heavenly Rest was founded in 1865 by Civil War veterans who sought a place of peace after a time of violence and turmoil. "Our faith teaches that peace is a gift from God that recognizes each person as sacred,” says Heavenly Rest Interim Rector, The Right Reverend Michael Marshall. “This concert is a sign of hope that we can join together to stop the violence that targets the most vulnerable among us and degrades our society.”