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Daniel by Sarah Hubbard

For the past year, I've had the honor and privilege of playing the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, which I received last summer at Mark O'Connor's Summer Strings Program at Berklee College of Music. The violin, commissioned in 2002 shortly after Daniel Pearl's tragic murder, is passed along each year to a new recipient, who will play the violin to continue Daniel's legacy for creating peace in the world. As my time with the beautiful instrument draws to a close, I reflect on a wonderful year spent with the violin. I'm so honored to have had the opportunity to perform with the violin in venues from Boston to Edmonton, Canada, as well as in Buddhist, Native Peoples, and Bahai peace ceremonies. I was given the opportunity to tell Daniel's story and spread his message of peace with NPR and Strings Magazine. In a few weeks time, I will part ways with the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin--or, as I affectionately called it, "Daniel"--but I will forever cherish the time we spent together. Even without this violin, my lifelong goal and commitment is to make peace blossom in the world. And I wish the next recipient well as he or she takes the violin on a whole new journey to create peace, understanding, and acceptance. This piece is a reflection of both the beautiful instrument that I've spent the last year of my life with as well as Daniel Pearl's remarkable legacy for peace and unity in the world.

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