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About the Event:
An evening of music and poetry featuring members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, reflecting on the struggles of mental health issues and suicide loss. Inspiring hope in the face of the the suicide crisis.
From the event organizer, Christina Dame:
In March of 2016 my 21 year old son Jack took his life. He was a gifted, compassionate and gentle soul. He tried to help others who were struggling but he could not overcome the stigma that surrounded him and reach out for the help which he needed.
My father was a retired member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He lost both his mother and sister then grandson to suicide. He was a selfless person and helped raise Jack. Jack loved him and also enjoyed classical music.
I reached a point in my grief where I needed to find a positive way to handle this tragedy. So I asked Jack what I could do. The immediate answer came. “Have a Concert.” Event organizing is quite outside of my experience and indeed a huge challenge as I too struggle from chronic depression. However through several serendipitous events and the willingness of a number of gracious people to participate, the event is being held.
By nature, music and poetry are conducive to healing and connects us in a meaningful and visceral way. It can communicate to us and break the barriers of isolation that fear and stigma bring. The goal is to bring the community together while spreading awareness and raising funds to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention who are fighting the battle against this #10 cause of death in the U.S.