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Tree Of Life: A Concert For Peace And Unity

Airs Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts during

Credit: Courtesy of Edward DeArmitt

Above: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts during "Tree Of Life: A Concert For Peace And Unity," which airs Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 on PBS stations nationwide.

"Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity" was presented and hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders.

The performance, featuring Itzhak Perlman at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, was taped on Nov. 27, 2018, one month after the tragedy, as part of the PSO’s “Music for the Spirit” series.

The special evening of remembrance and reverence brought the Pittsburgh community together to find comfort, strength and solace through music, hope and unity.

Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity: Preview

Join renowned Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director Manfred Honeck, and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for a special concert in remembrance of the city’s Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy.

“This was public media at its finest, celebrating community and hope over evil,” said CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison. “The voices of this community from the Chief of Police to those who were directly impacted by the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue, affirmed that hatred can’t weaken the city of steel. Pittsburgh ‘strong’ is a reality and reflected through the partnership among WQED, the PSO, and local police, government and diverse religious leaders.”

“Through our production of this Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert, we hope to inspire healing and to repay the kindness the world has shown Pittsburgh during the city’s darkest days in the aftermath of the tragedy,” said WQED President and CEO, Deborah L. Acklin. “The community collaboration on this project was extraordinary. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting was able to quickly fund this project so that the people of Pittsburgh, through the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, could thank the world for their support and share an evening of solace with the nation.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of Edward DeArmitt

Renowned Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman performs during "Tree Of Life: A Concert For Peace And Unity" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. The concert airs Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 on PBS stations nationwide.

Renowned Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman joins Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, PSO Principal Clarinetist Michael Rusinek and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. All artists graciously donated their services for this performance.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Edward DeArmitt

The names of the victims are read as children from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre enter the stage holding candles to represent each victim. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra then performs "Eli Eli" by Israeli composer David Zehavi as the children remain onstage.

The performance features the following works:

  • Maurice Ravel: “Kaddish” from "Deux Mélodies Hébraïques" for Clarinet and String Orchestra
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: “Largo“ from Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 47
  • David Zehavi (arr. Pigovat): Eli, Eli (“My God, My God”), A Walk to Caesarea
  • Felix Mendelssohn: "Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains" from Elijah
  • Johannes Brahms: "Ein deutsches Requiem" (A German Requiem)
  •        Opus 45 IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
  • John Williams: Three Pieces from "Schindler's List" for Violin and Orchestra
  • Edward Elgar: "Nimrod" from Variations on an Original Theme, “Enigma”, Opus 36

Watch On Your Schedule:

"Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity" will stream on PBS.org and on the PBS Facebook page concurrently with the broadcast. The concert will also be available for streaming after broadcast on station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Edward DeArmitt

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh take the stage at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh for "Tree Of Life: A Concert For Peace And Unity," which airs Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 on PBS stations nationwide.

Produced by WQED.

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