Concert will benefit interfaith peace academy on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem

Concert will benefit interfaith peace academy on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem
March 27, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Benedictine University’s Center for Mission and Identity and St. Procopius Abbey will present “A Concert for World Peace” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle. The performance will benefit Beit Benedikt Peace Academy located within the Benedictine Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Beit Benedikt is a place of encounter and prayer for people of all faiths, and seeks to create a community which affirms the rights and dignity of all peoples. The program will include performances of “Schelomo,” Rhapsody for Violoncello and Large Orchestra by Ernest Bloch; “The Lotus Pond” by Gamal Abdel-Rahim for Woodwind Quintet; and “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67” by Ludwig van Beethoven. The musical selections reflect the three main religions of the Middle East – Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The orchestra will be directed by Kirk Muspratt and Jay Friedman. William Cernota is featured on violoncello. The orchestra will consist of musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Benedictine University Department of Music faculty and area music directors and teachers. Tickets are available at the door. A donation of $20 is suggested. All proceeds go to Beit Benedikt. For more information, contact the University’s Department of Music at (630) 829-6324. To learn more about the project, visit www.ben.edu/cmi.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.