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Daniel Pearl Day brings out the stars

Monday 13 October 2003 @ 7:42 - GMT

Thousands of people worldwide have been celebrating Daniel Pearl Music Day this week and the Royal Conservatory of Music is taking part by staging a memorial concert.

Now in its second year, the event is held in honour of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in early 2002.

This year, prominent artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Barbra Streisand, Yo-Yo Ma, Ravi Shankar and Elton John are participating, with concerts taking place in more than 30 countries, including Canada, France, Russia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Having participated in the inaugural tribute, the Royal Conservatory will again take part by staging a concert.

"The programme begins with a piece by Omar Daniel, a Canadian composer, which I think will convey the spirit and sadness of what happened to Daniel," said Peter Simon, president of the conservatory.

"But the remainder of the programme - the Emperor concerto of Beethoven - I think really celebrates the human spirit... They're both monumental works."

The concert takes place Thursday at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio. This Friday, Daniel Pearl would have celebrated his 40th birthday.

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