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Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary, Performs Music with a Message of Humanity

Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary, Performs Music with a Message of Humanity at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Folk legend and humanitarian Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults; $37 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $33 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs that Peter, Paul & Mary recorded including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, he earned many gold and platinum albums, and was awarded numerous Grammys and nominated for several more. More important to Yarrow, however, is the acknowledgment of the central role that he and his partners have played in bringing the folk renaissance of the 1960s to the hearts and homes of the American public. Yarrow’s son Christopher will join him for this concert playing the washtub bass.

Over the years, many issues have moved Yarrow to commit his time and talent: equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, and education. All have utilized his skills as a performer and organizer. Along with his singing partners, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, Yarrow participated in the Civil Rights Movement, which brought them to Washington, DC, in 1963 to sing for the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the equally historic Selma-Montgomery march in 1965. He went on to produce and coordinate numerous events for the Peace/anti-Vietnam War movement, including festivals at Madison Square Garden and Shea Stadium. These efforts culminated in his co-organizing the 1969 Celebration of Life, a now-famous march on Washington, in which over half a million people participated.

Yarrow’s life and work culminated in the founding and leadership of Operation Respect, a non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming schools, summer camps, and other youth-serving organizations into respectful, safe, and compassionate climates of learning, free of bullying, ridicule, and violence.