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Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Healing Art of Music Concert

OCTOBER 3 Virtual EVENT, featuring members of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Honors secretary WILLIAM J. PERRY

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Greater Boston PSR (GBPSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) are honored to have again been selected as Community Partners for the 2020 season of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s (LSO) Healing Art of Music™ program. In this year of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with restrictions on large gatherings in effect in Boston, a special event will be streamed live on-line, beginning at 7 pm, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, with proceeds benefiting our organizations’ efforts to address the twin existential threats of nuclear war and climate change. In addition to music, this event will feature remarks from William J. Perry, the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense, who has firsthand knowledge of nuclear weapons at the highest level, and is now dedicating his life to their abolition.

Attendance to this virtual event is FREE, but sponsorships on behalf of both our organizations, no matter the amount, will be put to good use.

If you are able, please consider supporting a sponsorship for this inspiring musical and educational event. As a sponsor, you will not only support IPPNW’s and GBPSR’s critical work to prevent the threats of nuclear war and climate change, but will be prominently featured in event publicity and to a large, unlimited on-line audience, including healthcare and business leaders.  Last year’s in person event included approximately 1,000 attendees. To support a sponsorship, please either pay by credit card or fill out the form below and we will contact you.

Since there will be no reception, we regret we cannot offer our customary food or drink, but we encourage you to “come as you are, no masks required” to the on-line presentation and performance.

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If you would like to support this special event, we welcome your on-line donation. If you prefer to send a check, please address your contribution to:

LSO/Perry Benefit
c/o Michael Christ
339 Pleasant Street, 3rd Floor
Malden, MA 02148


Susan Alexander and Sidney Alexander, MD
Ronald A. Arky, MD
Edward Campion, MD
MA Senator Joanne M. Comerford
Governor Michael and Kitty Dukakis
Lachlan Forrow, MD
Ira Helfand, MD
Howard H. Hiatt, MD
C. Robert Horsburgh, Jr., MD and Brita E. Lundberg, MD
MA Representative Patrick J. Kearney
Jonathan King, PhD
Robert Jay Lifton, MD
U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey
Savina J. Martin, MS
James Muller, MD
Jean F. and David G. Nathan, MD
Sheila Nutt, EdD and Mekonnen Meshesha, PhD
MA Senator Patrick M. O’Connor
Dr. John O. and Marilyn A. Pastore
MA Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
MA Representative Lindsay Sabadosa
Elaine Scarry, PhD
Max Tegmark, PhD
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren


Symphony — $10,000
Ira Helfand, MD and Deborah Smith, MD

Concerto — $5,000

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Sonata — $2,500

Harvard Medical School

The Wales Family

Prelude — $1,000

Philip J. Landrigan, MD and Mary Landrigan

Sustainability Group at Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge

Dr. Cornelia van der Ziel and Dr. Kenneth Kleene

Additional Sponsorships

Minuet – $500

Richard Clapp and Paula Georges

Sarabande – $250 and under

Susan Alexander and Sidney Alexander, MD

Toby and Bert Davidson

Chaconne – $100 and under

Joan and Peter Baker

Lumina Greenway

Passacaglia – $50 and under

Karen Anderson

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William J. Perry served as Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Carter administration and then as Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. He oversaw the development of the strategic nuclear systems that are currently in our arsenal. His new offset strategy ushered in the age of stealth, smart weapons, GPS, and technologies that changed the face of modern warfare. In 2007, Dr. Perry joined forces with George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger to publish several ground-breaking editorials in the Wall Street Journal that linked the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons with urgent but practical steps that could be taken to reduce nuclear dangers. Perry’s 2015 memoir, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, is a personal account of his lifelong effort to reduce nuclear dangers. He founded the William J. Perry Project to educate the public on these dangers. In 2020 Perry co-authored THE BUTTON: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump. He is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. Perry is the father of five, grandfather of eight, and great-grandfather of four. He continues to travel the world in pursuit of his goal of reducing the threat from nuclear weapons.



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