A Healing Concert for Newtown at Ridgefield Playhouse

NEWTOWN CONCERT OF CARING, HEALING AND TOGETHERNESS FEATURING PETER YARROW, DAR WILLIAMS, GUY DAVIS, BETHANY & RUFUS AND THE ENSEMBLE FROM

THE FLAGPOLE RADIO CAFÉ

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10 AT 3PM AT THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE

ADMISSION IS FREE

Newtown, CT – Created with the intention of bringing the Newtown, CT community together in song, spirit and common purpose, a concert will be held at the Ridgefield Playhouse at 3pm, Sunday Feb 10, 2013. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Dar Williams, Guy Davis and Bethany & Rufus will join Newtown’s own Flagpole Radio Café performers to sing songs of caring, healing and togetherness. The concert will also focus on Newtown’s “Sandy Hook Promise” that calls on America to “truly honor the lives lost by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation,” assuring that, in the future, children and youth will grow up in safe, caring, and violence-free school and community environments.

Personal invitees will include members of the Newtown families and first responder networks, educators and other community stakeholders as well as a statewide group of Connecticut’s leaders who will be attending the concert in a demonstration of solidarity with the families and community members whose lives have been so deeply affected by the recent tragedy.

This concert and post concert reception is being produced with support from Operation Respect, an educational non-profit, joined with Newtown’s The Flagpole Radio Café show. The reception will include community, government and business leaders from across Connecticut, in an effort to create an ongoing network that can help fulfill the Sandy Hook Promise. Also, during the concert, it will be announced that free trainings in Operation Respect’s “Don’t Laugh At Me” Program that focuses on creating safe, compassionate, bully-free school environments will be offered to teachers and other educators in six schools in the Newtown area.

The concert will underscore the words “Our hearts are broken; Our spirit is not,” that express the Newtown community’s determination to “be remembered, not as the town filled with grief and victims, but as the place where real change began”.

Tickets will be offered to the public on a free, first come, first served, basis beginning on Thursday, Feb 7, 2013

(The press is invited to attend the concert but, out of respect for the families and residents of Newtown, there will be no photography or video at the concert. Press opportunities will be made for interviews and photos after the concert with the performers and the attendees of the post-concert reception.)

For further information, please contact Martin Blanco at 203.364.0898 or blancobm@hotmail.com

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