2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the dawn of the Nuclear Age, and in April and May the United Nations will be hosting the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Atomic bomb survivors, known in Japanese as hibakusha, have long travelled to this conference, which happens once every five years, to demand that nuclear weapon countries disarm. For seven years hibakusha have been telling their stories to New York City high school and university students, reaching over 25,000 youth. This evening is to honor them for their tireless work for peace, to engage the larger public in the growing movement for nuclear abolition and to pass the torch to a new generation.
The Nouveau Classical Project will perform with DJ Spooky for a sneak preview of his new work, Peace Symphony.
JOANNA MACY, Eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar
CLIFTON TRUMAN DANIEL, grandson of the US President who dropped the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
SHIGEKO SASAMORI, SETSUKO THURLOW and YASUAKI YAMASHITA, Atomic bomb survivors
KATHLEEN SULLIVAN, Disarmament educator
ANNE WALDMAN with FAST SPEAKING MUSIC
DJ SPOOKY who will sneak preview PEACE SYMPHONY: 8 STORIES inspired by work with atomic bomb survivors
MASAAKI TANOKURA, Concert Master of the Osaka symphony who will perform on the Hiroshima Jogakuin hibaku (atomic bomb survived) violin
SAM SADIGURSKY, Brooklyn-based Jazz Composer
THE HIBAKUSHA CHOIR HIMAWARI, a choir of atomic bomb survivors from Nagasaki
JEAN ROHE, Brooklyn-based singer songwriter
LA GUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS student choir performing a Nuclear Guardianship anthem especially composed for the event
Directed by LINDA S. CHAPMAN, New York Theatre Workshop Associate Artistic Director
with projections by PIKADON PROJECT & AMBER COOPER DAVIES