On May 6, the College’s Remembering Newtown Concert paid homage to the victims of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and to victims of gun violence nationwide. It also served as the capstone to a semester-long spring series of art and lectures that spurred dialogue and action to end gun violence. The series was launched on March 12th, when John Jay students created the Remembering Newtown Expression Wall.
The producer of the Memorial concert, pianist Caroline Stoessinger, President of the Mozart Academy and Artist-in-Residence at John Jay, created a touching closing event program featuring music by the Children’s Orchestra Society, Bass Baritone Terry Cook, Violinist Sirena Huang, Soprano Janinah Burnett, and Clarinet Anthony McGill. Guest speakers included Actress and Activist Mia Farrow and Richard Aborn, President, Citizens Crime Commission. Two students, Jaraed Thomas and John Cusick, read from “Our Forefather’s Promise.” The audience of more than 300 included civic leaders from Newtown Connecticut. The special evening opened with an invocation from Rabbi Shaul Praver from Congratgation Adath Israel and closed with a benediction by Reverend Matthew Crebbin from Newtown Congregational Church followed by remarks from John Jay President Jeremy Travis.
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