On June 18, 2022, Tamami Honma and Friends presented an amazing Concert for Peace supporting the Refugees of Ukraine – it was a memorable evening on music and prayer.

To see photos from the event, click here

To support the refugees of Ukraine, click here. Donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Charities – Ukraine Fund.

How can we help the Refugees of Ukraine?

One way is to pray for peace – individually and as a community. At this concert for peace, organized by acclaimed pianist Tamami Honma, our Choir Director at Saint Simon; the musicians and singers came together from classical and contemporary backgrounds and genres to offer the best of what we can express at this challenging time – flights of the imagination, prayerful meditations, and heroism in the face of tragedy. 

The program included:

  • Copland’s Fanfare of the Common Man played by members of the popular Bay Area’s San Francisco Brass Band,
  • Songs of faith by composer, John Angotti, from Tennessee, and
  • Excerpts from beloved piano quintets by Brahms and Dvorak played by the Cal Arte Ensemble.
  • In addition, our Saint Simon Parish Choir, who have been singing non-stop throughout the pandemic, suung John Rutter’s haunting new work, ‘Prayer for Ukraine’, in its native language. 

Leonard Bernstein said, “Our music will never again be quite the same. This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” 

All proceeds raised go Catholic Relief Services working to help Ukrainian refugees. To donate click here