Harmony for Humanity

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General admission. Free tickets available at the door.

Stanford musicians, including members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, curate this annual free concert honoring the life and memory of alumnus Daniel Pearl, the violin-playing Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in 2002 in Pakistan.

This year's concert will feature the premiere of Stanford composer Jonathan Berger’s Death by Drowning, performed by violinist-collaborators MoVE, as well as the poignant and intense Duo (1925) for Violin and Cello by Erwin Schulhoff, performed by Owen Dalby and Christopher Costanza of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Other works and performers to include Talisman, a featured work by a Stanford student composer, and a world music performance by Stanford students.


Presented in partnership with the Office for Religious Life and Music at Stanford


  • The program will be performed without intemission.

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This Stanford tradition of remembering Daniel Pearl through music reflects the open spirit, inclusiveness, and ecumenical tastes of its honoree. This year’s program features music of all seven Muslim-majority countries affected by the travel ban of early 2017. Addressing questions of migration, cultural identity, and global harmony seems a fitting way to pay tribute.


—Laura Evans, Director of Music Programs, Engagement, and Education