PAND (Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament), with the Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund presents its annual concert commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 7 pm on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Cleveland-born and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Anne E. DeChant, joins members of the Cleveland Orchestra Ioana Missits, Emma Shook, Dane Johansen, Frank Rosenwein, Carolyn Warner, Yun-Ting Lee and Analise Kukelhan in a concert to benefit Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament (PAND).

The program, “What a Wonderful World, Don’t Blow It” draws attention to the great planet we live on and raises awareness about how nuclear weapons could change it all in the blink of an eye.

Since 1984, PAND has worked to raise awareness and inspire action through art. This year’s concert includes:

  • Original works by Anne E. DeChant, performed by Ms. DeChant and her band. Joined by Emma Shook, Cleveland Orchestra Violinist

  • Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007 by Bach. Performed by Dane Johansen, Cleveland Orchestra Cellist

  • Quartetto per 4 violini by Bacewicz. Performed by Cleveland Orchestra violinists Analise Kukelhan, Yun-Ting Lee, Carolyn Warner and Ioana Missits.

  • Making Merry Hoohaw Over Misery for Oboe and Audio by Barsom. Performed by Frank Rosenwein, Cleveland Orchestra Oboist

  • Original poetry by David Adams

Join us for a relaxed, eclectic, talent filled evening. Wednesday, August 9th at 7:00 PM at Mahall’s, 13200 Madison Avenue, Lakewood.

Seats are first come first serve. Free will offering.

The theme is the emergence of hope out of darkness. Earth is a place of unspeakable beauty, a sacred place we are blessed to call home. Nuclear weapons could, in an instant, transform it into a dark, inhospitable cinder, incapable of supporting human life. Humans have created nuclear weapons and must now manage the risks. 

Today, the risk of nuclear war is at an historic high. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ symbolic Doomsday Clock is now set at two-and-a-half minutes from midnight, the closest it's been since 1953, when the hydrogen bomb was first tested. The PAND Concert seeks to call attention to the grave risk of intentional or accidental nuclear annihilation, but also celebrating “What a Wonderful World” and declaring “Don’t Blow It!”


About PAND

PAND, Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament, was formed in 1984, as a U.S.-Soviet arms race underscored the grave threat of nuclear war and the imperative to prevent it. While this is not so much in today's news, the possibility remains that even a limited nuclear war could destroy human civilization as we know it, along with most life on Earth.

Today, our goal is to work for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Our willingness to devote our time, talents and reputations to achieve this springs from our belief that art can contribute not only to aesthetics, but to ethics; not only to beauty, but to peace.