Rock On will present 18-year-old violinist Sarah Hubbard, in a special tribute to Daniel Pearl on October 19 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. as part of Play It Forward, Rock On’s 10th anniversary concert to celebrate mentoring children through music.
Ms. Hubbard is the recipient of the 2012 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Award which was presented to her by world famous violinist Mark O’Connor, artistic director of the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camps in Maine. The violin was crafted by Jonathan Cooper who approached O’Connor with the idea of giving the violin to an aspiring young artist for one year in tribute to Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.
Pearl developed his skills as a reporter in western Massachusetts before joining the WSJ. He worked at the North Adams Transcript, the Berkshire Eagle and the Berkshire bureau of the Springfield Union-News. Rock On is honored to present Ms. Hubbard and to help spread the Daniel Pearl mission of peace. It is hoped that with the passing of this beautiful violin from one young artists to the next that Daniel Pearl’s legacy will be kept alive in the minds and hearts of all who hear it played.
In 2011, Sarah won the first-ever annual Strings Without Boundaries Tune-Writing Contest. Her composition “Devin’s Reel” was arranged for string orchestra and soloists by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass fiddler Richard Greene. That same year she performed Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor in a master class for Rachel Barton Pine.
This Fall Sarah began studying at Berklee College of Music with a World Tour Scholarship. She has studied jazz with Tim Kliphuis, rock with Tracy Silverman, classical performance with Giovina Sessions, and works regularly with many master fiddlers, including Calvin Vollrath, composer of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She attended the Rock On Camp a few years ago, and counts Rock On’s Jeff Link as her primary teacher, and mentor. Sarah dedicates her performance on Play It Forward to Daniel Pearl’s mission of peace.