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Second 'Concert for Peace' brings Yo-Yo Ma back to the South Side / Chicago Tribune

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The pews of St. Sabina Church were overflowing Sunday for the second "Concert for Peace," a joint effort between the Rev. Michael Pfleger and internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma that brings healing to a struggling neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

Since 2010, Ma has served as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Nagaunee Music Institute, a role which fosters education and outreach opportunities for young musicians, in order to make classical music accessible for Chicagoans all over the city. During that time, Ma learned about the work of Pfleger, a South Side pastor who has fought against the poverty, drugs and gun violence which have beleaguered the South and West sides for decades. Pfleger, an outspoken community leader and social activist who promotes peace and social equality, joined St. Sabina's as lead pastor in 1981. He was personally affected by gun violence in the neighborhood when his foster son, Jarvis Franklin, was killed by stray gunfire in 1998.    PHOTO: (Courtney Pedroza / Chicago Tribune)

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