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Pianist’s performance honors slain journalist

Concert today part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Pianist Yang Ding will play works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Haydn and Alkan in an International Chamber Series concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5500 Morriss Road in Flower Mound.

The concert links Flower Mound to communities across the globe as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days in October.

The performance is sponsored by the Lewisville Lake Symphony in cooperation with the College of Music at the University of North Texas. Ding, a prize winner in numerous piano competitions, has been featured as a soloist in China, Korea and the United States, where he has performed at Carnegie Hall and many other venues. His Flower Mound performance is one of seven recitals he is giving in September and October across the U.S.

Since its founding in 2002, more than 10,000 Pearl World Music Days performances in 129 countries have created a chain that commemorates the life of slain journalist Daniel Pearl and affirms to tolerance and humanity.

Pearl, a classically trained violinist, became a journalist and chief serving the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau based in Mumbai, India. He was kidnapped and assassinated by terrorists in Pakistan while working on a story about al-Qaida.

Tonight’s concert is free, but donations to the symphony are tax-deductible.

— Staff report