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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

Pianist to perform for Daniel Pearl World Music Days

The Lewisville Lake Symphony, in partnership with the University of North Texas College of Music, will host a concert that coincides with Daniel Pearl World Music Days, a network of concerts presented around the globe throughout October.

Russian pianist Liudmila Georgievskaya will perform works by Chopin and Tchaikovsky at a 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5500 Morriss Road in Flower Mound.

Prior to the concert, Georgievskaya is slated to be awarded honorary citizenship of Flower Mound.

Friday’s International Chamber series concert will link the area with communities worldwide for Daniel Pearl World Music Days.

Since 2002, the performances have been held to remember Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau chief, who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 2002 in Pakistan.

After his death, friends and family established the Daniel Pearl Foundation “to carry on his legacy, using music and words to address the root causes of the hatred that took his life,” according to the foundation’s website.

On Oct. 10, 2002, which would have been Pearl’s 39th birthday, the foundation launched the Pearl World Music Days. Since then, more than 8,900 performances in 119 counties have been presented in Pearl’s memory.

The concerts are a way of engaging people through music, said Jennifer Lane, a voice teacher at UNT. Throughout October, concerts at the university are being dedicated to Pearl, she said.

Georgievskaya, who has performed around the world, is pursuing a doctorate in piano performance at UNT and is on the faculty at Southern Methodist University.

Nancy Wright, an honorary Lewisville Lake Symphony board member and former board chairwoman, said Georgievskaya was selected for the performance because the board felt “it would be really appropriate to focus on the worldwide connection of music, which is the theme of Daniel Pearl Days.”

Friday’s concert is free, but tax-deductible donations will be accepted.