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Dedicated to the cause of reducing gun violence, the second annual Concert for Peace brought together members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Children’s Choir, Yo-Yo Ma, the Rev. Michael Pfleger and the parishioners of St. Sabina Church for an expression of hope through the spirit of music.

“I’m not here to say that music is going to solve our problems,” said Ma, the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, who with Father Pfleger, the St. Sabina community and the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute presented the Concert for Peace on June 10. “We’re here to bear witness to each other.”

The concert, which benefits St. Sabina’s Strong Futures Program, featured five songs dedicated to victims of gun-related violence. Through St. Sabina’s Purpose Over Pain project, family members wrote tributes to their loved ones, with assistance from composers and musicians of the Civic Orchestra. “Music is a way of healing,” said Pam Bosley, whose son Terrell was killed 12 years ago on the way to a church band rehearsal. Trevon Bosley, another son, wrote “Song for Terrell,” which soprano Takesha Meshé Kizart, Ma and Civic musicians performed at the Concert for Peace. “Today, even though we were crying, it’s a way of healing.”