With the idea that music is the international language capable of bringing people together, the Baton Rouge Rotary Clubs joined together to host their second annual Peace One Day Musical Window to the World free concert.
The program was held for the first time last year in response to Baton Rouge’s crime problem, organizers said.
Along with a repertoire of music appealing to all ages, this year’s event will recognize several community leaders who work toward peace in the Baton Rouge community.
The event is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge.
“It’s a family event,” said Philipa Blair, president of Capital City Rotary Club. “It’s music for all tastes and ages — jazz, classical and a heritage choir.”
Blair said donations will be accepted during an offertory time, and 100 percent of funds raised will go toward two causes: the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center, known as the Battered Women’s Program, and the establishment of a community health center in a remote area of Swaziland.
New to this year’s concert repertoire is singer/songwriter Jimmy Jules, who will perform such hits as “What a Wonderful World.”
Unkyoung Kim, playing her 1769 violin, will be back again this year, presenting passionate Russian music by Tchaikovsky. She will be accompanied by cellist Paul Christopher and pianist MinJeoung Kim.
And, Baton Rouge’s own Heritage Choir will also be back with an expanded selection of negro spirituals.
The concert is hosted by the three Rotary clubs of Baton Rouge — the Capital City, Baton Rouge and Sunrise Rotary clubs — along with the Young Professionals Rotaract Club.
Mayor-President Kip Holden has been invited to open the concert with a welcome, Blair said, and Police Chief Donald White will present the awards to outstanding volunteers who work toward peace and non-violence in Baton Rouge.
Locally, a Rotary District Grant will assist the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center, which provided more than 14,000 bed-nights last year to battered women and children.
Internationally, donations through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant will go toward providing a community health center in a remote area of Swaziland.
After the concert, guests are invited to the gym for a Swaziland Bazaar, where the Young Professionals Rotaract will be selling handmade Swaziland jewelry and cloth handbags.
Jazz music will be provided by the St. John Icons. Refreshments will be served.
Those unable to attend are encouraged to send checks made payable to The Rotary District 6200 Foundation.
Include the memo: Designated to The Rotary Clubs of Baton Rouge.
Mail checks to 11616 Southfork Ave., Suite 300, Baton Rouge, LA 70816-5241.
All contributions are tax-deductible.