Sat, Aug 6, 6-8pm, University Baptist Church, 50 W. Lane Ave.

This concert will commemorate the 71st anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Rocco Di Pietro, a local composer and a Columbus State Community College faculty member, has created a new piece entitled “Smiles and Screams: Love to Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” a concert with Taubes (an artistic rendering of how life and art interplay), that, along with community voices, will raise the vision of a world less violence and without nuclear weapons.

The goal of this project is to create a community wide expression of the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Through the use of artistic and cultural performances, Central Ohio residents will explore visions of a future free of nuclear weapons, war, and violence.

In measuring the success of this project, the organizers seek to achieve: 1) deepened organizational partnerships furthering a vision of a world free of nuclear weapons; and 2) a musical composition that reflects and commits to a world less violent.

The project goals provide community members time and space for reflection and commitment to a less violent world. The project goals seek to make peace with the environment, within communities, and between nations. The musical composition allows community members to more freely express a commitment to a world in balance with tradition and modernity.

Mark Stansbury is the organizer and for more information please contact the Community Organizing Center: 614-517-7237,

Puffin Foundation West is a proud sponsor of community-based events throughout Central Ohio and has extended its support to this year’s concert “with love.”