WHO: Composers Julie Harting and Kevin McNeal WHAT: Concert for Peace WHEN: April 10, 2005 at 4pm WHERE: Broadway Presbyterian Church (114th Street and Broadway), New York City PEACE ORGANIZATIONS: The Musicians’ Alliance for Peace, Amnesty International, Grandmothers Against the War, Grandmothers for Peace International, MADRE, New York City War Resisters League, New York State Peace Action, Not In Our Name (NION), The Peace Project, United For Peace and Justice, and The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) This Sunday, April 10, 2005, local composers Julie Harting and Kevin McNeal will be giving a Concert for Peace. The innovative concert will feature new classical music, jazz, poetry, and dance. This rare combination of art genres will celebrate the possibilities of the creative human spirit, offering a thought-provoking contrast to the destructiveness of war, cruelty, and torture. “I see art as an antidote to war,†says Harting, “It is the flowering of civilization and represents the way people should live.†Tickets will be available at the door for $10 (free for press) or by calling 917-604-3181. The concert will be held in conjunction with the Music for Peace Project (m4p.org), a global effort to fill the world with music as a call for peace. This weekend, April 8-10, 2005, the Project has coordinated 175 concerts around the world to draw attention to international peace efforts; to build a worldwide community of active, socially conscious artists; and to call for peace. The concert will be followed by a reception at which peace organizations will have information available about their work. Participating organizations include the Musicians’ Alliance for Peace, Amnesty International, Grandmothers Against the War, Grandmothers for Peace, MADRE, New York City War Resisters League, New York State Peace Action, Not In Our Name (NION), The Peace Project, United For Peace and Justice, and The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Julie Harting has been composing music since the 1980s. With two dozen original compositions so far, her work has been performed around New York City, in diverse venues such as Galapagos, the Knitting Factory, South Oxford Space, Greenwich House, Cornelia Street Café, and the Kathryn Bache Miller Theater. She holds a doctorate in Musical Composition from Columbia University and has been a Visiting Composer at Cleveland State University and a Teaching Artist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. To read an interview with Harting, please go to http://nyc.indymedia.org/newswire/display_any/141097. Kevin McNeal has been performing on the guitar professionally since the age of 15. He is recognized not only as an outstanding performer and recording artist, but also as an educator, composer, arranger, and author. He has been playing the jazz scene for several decades and currently leads the group BluesWing. His many recordings date back to 1984, with a solo guitar CD forthcoming this year. He has been a faculty member of the Hilton Music Centre, the National Guitar Workshop, the New School, and SUNY New Paltz. http://nyc.indymedia.org/newswire/display_any/141097 http://www.m4p.org