World Peace Concert, involving Quincy Jones, to be held this summer in Hiroshima

by Kyoko Shinmoto, Staff Writer

On December 26, the Hiroshima Prefectural Government announced that Quincy Jones, 79, the eminent American musician, will perform at the World Peace Concert, a music event to be held this coming summer in the A-bombed city of Hiroshima.

The concert is part of the Peace Arch Hiroshima Project, an effort designed to send a message of peace to the world. Between July 27 and August 6, eight types of concerts, including pop and classical concerts, will take place in the city.

Quincy Jones will perform in the main concert, slated for August 3 at the Hiroshima Green Arena in downtown Hiroshima. Mr. Jones is also expected to be involved in the staging, direction, and selection of artists for the event.

Quincy Jones made his debut in the world of jazz music. He is also well known as a producer of a range of albums, including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” as well as the groundbreaking song for charity “We Are The World.” The concert in Hiroshima will mark Mr. Jones’s first visit to the city. “I feel extremely honored,” Mr. Jones said in a message. “I will bring my family of artists with me.”

The Art and Culture Division of the Hiroshima prefectural government, which serves as the secretariat for the peace concert’s executive committee, shared its hopes by stating: “A performance by the world-renowned Quincy Jones will enable the concert to better convey its message.” After other performers are gradually chosen, starting in February, the secretariat plans to begin selling tickets to the series of concerts in mid-May.

(Originally published on December 27, 2012)