International Day of Peace


Music Together of Wellesley and Needham
to Participate in Unprecedented International Livestream Event from Needham Town Green to Celebrate United Nations’ International Day of Peace, September 21

Local families to be part of event taking place in 30 locations including Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, England, and more

Needham, MA, September 9, 2015 – To celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace on September 21, thousands of families with young children around the globe will participate in an international livestream event produced by Music Together®, an award-winning leader in early childhood music education. The event will run for 20 hours, 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM ET at www.musictogether.com/peaceday2015. It will feature young children and their families singing the peace song “May All Children” in over 30 locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Ireland, England, Bermuda, and the United States.

Families from the Needham/Wellesley area are invited to participate in this free event from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, September 21, hosted by Music Together of Wellesley and Needham on the Needham Town Green.

Each participating group around the world will sing live at 4:00 PM local time in their time zone, creating an ongoing live presentation of the song in different cultures. Families from the Needham and Wellesley area are invited to gather at the Needham Town Green at 3:30 PM and be led in “May All Children” at 4:00 PM by Vicki DeMott, Director of Music Together of Wellesley and Needham.

According to DeMott, “We at Music Together of Wellesley and Needham are proud to be participating in this exciting global initiative put together by Music Together. It is incredible that our local community will be involved and help spread the word about international peace through this powerful song. We will gather the families at 3:30 PM to kick off some fun singing and dancing, before we go live at 4:00 PM on the livestream.”

According to Susan Darrow, CEO of Music Together, with headquarters in Princeton, NJ, “We feel deeply aligned with the UN’s mission for the International Day of Peace and wanted to illustrate how the power of music and song can link all cultures and transcend our differences. Music brings people together no matter where they live or what they believe, and this international ‘chorus’ we are creating with a powerful song about peace is a great reminder on an important day.”

Throughout the 4:00 PM hour (local time), dozens of families will be gathered and led by their local Music Together director to sing the two-minute song live. Full list of locations/countries at www.musictogether.com/peaceday2015.

“May All Children” was written by Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Artistic Director of Music Together, who composed the song in 1986 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of UNICEF. He has since committed to donate all proceeds from the song’s royalties to UNICEF. Guilmartin explains, “I wanted to write a song that would touch families all over the world with its simple, heartfelt wish that all children—that everyone—should live in peace. ‘May All Children’ is a wish for world peace, and has been sung millions of times in Music Together classes, choruses, and schools. I am so proud of this initiative to create this global livestream of families singing this song on the International Day of Peace, giving everyone a chance to witness the power of music.”

Created by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. It is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Music Together is an internationally recognized, developmentally appropriate early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through grade two. First offered to the public in 1987, the Music Together curriculum, coauthored by Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Dr. Lili Levinowitz, is based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, move with accurate rhythm, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Music Together offers programs for families, schools, at-risk populations, and children with special needs in over 2,500 communities in 41 countries. The company is passionately committed to bringing children and their caregivers closer through shared music-making and helping people discover the joy—and educational value—of early music experiences. More at www.musictogether.com and www.facebook.com/musictogether.

Music Together of Wellesley and Needham serves over 200 families a semester, and offers over 20 classes each week (for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and K to 2nd grade), at its two locations: Wellesley Square at 31 Central Street, and its newest location in Needham Center at 992 Great Plain Avenue. The Fall semester begins September 16, 2015. More at http://www.musictogetherwellesley.com/index.htm

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Media Contact: Vicki DeMott, Director

Music Together of Wellesley and Needham

617-823-1450, mtwellesley@mac.com