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World Music Day draws hundreds

Annual tribute at Valencia church honors fallen journalist Daniel Pearl

Posted: October 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Parents of Daniel Pearl revealed a “quirky” side of the journalist in happier days before he was killed by terrorists 11 years ago.

On Sunday, Dr. Judea Pearl and his wife Ruth joined more than 200 people at the Valencia United Methodist Church on McBean Parkway across from Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in honor of their son.

As part of World Music Day — the annual tribute of song in Pearl’s honor — several local performers including the College of the Canyons’ Symphony performed, directed by Dr. Paul Sherman.

“I know you know a lot about Danny,” said Ruth Pearl. “He was a journalist and a musician but I want to share with you the quirky side of Danny.”

And although she described her son as clumsy and quirky with a couple of anecdotes about him dropping birthday cakes and bumping into guitars, she revealed a very caring and warm individual.

“Danny had many situations where he would get out of by his sheer personality,” she said. “People felt his warmed and caring nature.”

Daniel Pearl, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002, just four months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

A foundation in his name was created to further the ideals that inspired his life, with scores of venues across the country and around the world celebrating his memory.

The tribute at Valencia United Methodist Church began Sunday afternoon with a pounding procession through the aisles by the Valencia High School Drumline. It was followed by a couple of choral arrangements from the play Les Miserables and a Joseph Haydn arrangement performanced by a trio that included Laura Tandy on violin, Sabrina An on cello and Sally Kim on piano.
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