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Opening Hearts and Minds to Peace


 On Thursday, October 24, Conrad Tao performed A Piece for Peace, at Weill Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall, opening the audience’s hearts and minds to peace.

Conrad debuted compositions by Gordon Getty (pictured, above, with Conrad) and performed pieces by Meredith Monk and Ravel. The audience gave the Conrad a standing ovation.

At a reception before Conrad’s performance, Brian Neff, a tenor and social entrepreneur, treated attendees to a special surprise performance.

Though Brian and Conrad created an inspirational and festive atmosphere, the danger that our Peacemakers in Action face every day was not far from our minds.

Dr. Ephraim Isaac, our Peacemaker from Ethiopia attended the event to show his support for his fellow Peacemaker Ricardo Esquiva Ballestas. As Joyce Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum, eloquently stated when she introduced Conrad, Ricardo’s life is in danger because he ardently works to bring peace and security to Columbia’s most vulnerable populations.

Through their music and performances, Brian and Conrad showed that they stand for peace and against persecution. We encourage both those who attended and anyone who supports peace to sign the petition calling for an end to Ricardo’s persecution.

Read the call to action here:

Justine O’Sullivan, Communications Assistant