Airs Tuesday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. Healing the Broken-Hearted: Young Chicago Musicians Reply to Violence, a concert of healing in response to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. For the first time ever, five of Chicago’s nationally recognized children’s choirs will join together in concert at St. James Cathedral.  They will perform not just as young choirs singing together, but as musical citizens determined to sing with ‘one voice’ in service of the grieving families who lost their beautiful children. The combined choirs will be joined by an interfaith roster of spiritual leaders and a cast of celebrated vocal artists. The radio broadcast will be hosted by 11 year-old Masha Lakisova, a talented violinist and engaging speaker. These celebrated choirs will feature a diversity of American song in remembrance of children lost to violence. The concert will include a newly commissioned ‘mass in remembrance’ by composer Lita Grier.  Nearly three hundred musicians will devote this musical memorial to the families and friends of the children and teachers lost to violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  The beauty and solace of music, especially music made by young people, has the power to heal.

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain reflects on the Newtown tragedy on the ensuing debate over gun control.