In the months following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, our community felt an outpouring of support from individuals from all walks of life who were eager to take action against violence and choose love. "A Concert for Newtown" was a community event that brought together the people of Newtown in song, spirit and common purpose, featuring performances from Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary, Dar Williams, Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia.
David and Francine Wheeler, the parents of nine year-old Nate and six year-old Ben (who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary), also performed in the concert, artfully expressing their devotion to their murdered son and their commitment to turn tragedy into transformation. As Francine said on a conference call with supporters three weeks ago, "I'm going to keep singing through this." We find strength in her resolve to find her voice amid her pain, and in the Wheeler's commitment to engage in conversations about ways to make our communities and our country safer for all children. This program will be offered to the PBS community nationally soon, so if you're interested in seeing it aired in your community, please contact your local PBS station and ask them to air "A Concert for Newtown."