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Virtual Concert and Presentation Honoring Dr. Bernard Lown

Sat September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


On September 25 at 7:00pm ET, watch our livestream concert here!

Greater Boston PSR (GBPSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) are pleased to host a very special fourth annual event to address the twin existential threats of nuclear war and climate change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with restrictions on large gatherings in effect in Boston, the special event will be streamed live on-line, beginning at 7:00pm, on Saturday, September 25th, 2021. This event will feature live music from world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and chamber musicians from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. Attendance to this virtual event is FREE, but sponsorships on behalf of both our organizations, no matter the amount, will be appreciated and put to good use.

Become a sponsor! 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 live-streamed event included approximately 1,000 attendees. To support a sponsorship, please either pay by credit card or send a check to the address below.

Since there will be no reception, we regret we cannot offer our customary food or drink, but we encourage you to sit back in your home, perhaps with a cocktail in hand, and enjoy the online presentations and performance.

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  IPPNW (please write “GBPSR / IPPNW Event” in the memo line) and mail to:

IPPNW c/o Michael Christ
339 Pleasant Street, 3rd Floor
Malden, MA 02148


Photo: Jason Bell

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris, where he began to study the cello with his father at age four. Three years later, he moved with his family to New York City, continuing his studies at the Juilliard School. After his conservatory training, he sought out a liberal arts education, graduating from Harvard in 1976. Yo-Yo’s career is testament to his faith in culture’s power to generate the trust and understanding essential to a strong society. This belief inspired Yo-Yo to establish the global cultural collective Silkroad, and, more recently, to set out on the Bach Project — a six-continent tour of J. S. Bach’s suites for solo cello and an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.


Born in Lithuania, Dr. Bernard Lown came to the United States at the age of 13 when his family left their native country before the Nazi invasion.  After learning English in high school in Maine, he went on to study at the University of Maine and later earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Lown was one of the world’s leading cardiologists.  He was Professor Emeritus of Cardiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  A pioneer in the research of sudden cardiac death, Dr. Lown invented the defibrillator and the cardioverter and introduced the use of Lidocaine in cardiac care.

He was a founder and first President of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in Boston in 1961.  PSR was among the first organizations to alert the public to the catastrophic medical and public health consequences of nuclear war with its 1962 study of a hypothetical nuclear bombing of Boston published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  He was also a founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in 1980 and, together with Dr. Evgeny Chazov of the Soviet Union, accepted the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of IPPNW for its efforts to educate the medical community, government officials, and the general public about the dangers of nuclear warfare.