AUBURN GRESHAM — World famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be headlining a special concert for peace at St. Sabina Church this summer.
Joining him will be the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Children's Choir. The June 11 concert, which will take place at the church, 1210 W. 78th St., is meant to celebrate and inspire a more peaceful Chicago. Tickets are $20 for the 4 p.m show and can be purchased by contacting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 312-294-3000.
Rev. Michael Pfleger told the Sun-Times that Yo-Yo Ma wanted to "help stem the scourge of violence" in Chicago with a peace concert.
“He just showed up unannounced one Sunday a few months ago and was very serious about doing something," Pfleger told the paper. "He said he had been en route to the airport and asked the driver to swing over to the church first because he loved our ministry. Then he asked me if he could play right there in church."
Ma who had his cello on him played at the church that day, "stunning" the members.
All donations and net ticket proceeds from the June 11 concert will benefit St. Sabina's anti-violence and "Strong Futures" employment programs.
Yo-Yo Ma performed at St. Sabina in March during an unannounced visit, and will return for a peace concert on June 11. [Facebook]