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Peace Day LA Showing Winds of Freedom Via Rotary South Bay & Peace One Day: Set for Hermosa Beach Theatre, Sept. 21, 6:30 pm
Alex Ayzin Alex Ayzin
Los Angeles , CA
Friday, September 08, 2017

Alex Ayzin at the 2017 Rotary International Peace Conference, Atlanta

Peace One Day, a UN mandated organization which founded the Peace Day movement in 1999, will have an event this year in Los Angeles courtesy of the Rotary Clubs of South Bay as they present a screening of the Winds of Freedom Symphonic Multimedia Presentation, created by Alex Ayzin who also founded the Winds of Freedom Foundation. Peace Day LA will be held at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater on September 21 at 6:30 pm and feature a multimedia event which celebrates life, teaches history, inspires peace and hopes for a brighter future. Rotary Clubs of South Bay is to be commended for their diligent efforts, in conjunction with WOF Dir. of Communications Pete Allman, in securing this fine facility for the only Peace Day event to be held in Los Angeles.  

"Peace One Day has been behind our efforts to create Peace Day LA, but if it wasn't for our friends in Rotary this event wouldn't have happened. Rotary has a long history of peace activism and the South Bay group went out on a limb for us, I can't thank them enough, we believe this association with Rotary will create the basis for annual Peace Day LA events with all kinds of activities," says Alex Ayzin.

From the moment of conception, Ayzin always viewed this project as a "tribute to the human spirit in man's timeless quest for peace and freedom" Raised in a naval family in the Soviet Union, Alex Ayzin and his whole family defected to the West in 1979 and Winds of Freedom was as much a response to his upbringing in a highly repressive society as to the outward events which pushed him to bring it to life. To underestimate the pain and suffering borne in this act of creation is to do the creator a disservice, for it was pure and simply an act of love.   

Originally conceived as a full-length symphony, in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear plant meltdown in Ayzin's homeland, Ukraine, Winds of Freedom also became a response to world events as the Cold War went through its dramatic climax in the late 1980s. Debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1991, WOF was only recently transformed in to a moving multimedia event with video and still images highlighting an innovative classical score written by Russian composer, Emilian Sichkin. Winds of Freedom was the second symphony commissioned by Alex Ayzin, the first being Concerto for Astronauts as a tribute to those brave souls lost in the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion.

The combination of the Peace One Day and Rotary Clubs of South Bay brings one relatively new and one long-established organization together, respectively, in a major city where this will be the only Peace Day event. In addition, they will be featuring a rather unique strand in the annals of peace activism; a private citizen commissions a major symphony from a classical Russian composer, that decades later, thanks to the technology of the time, has the power to change the world.  

Peace Day LA, September 21, 2017

Hermosa Beach Community Theater

710 Pier Ave,

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254


Event will start at 6:30 pm

Winds of Freedom Screening, 7:30 pm

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About Peace One Day:

Peace One Day is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999. In 2001 due to our efforts the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.

Peace One Day's objective is to institutionalize Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known.

Throughout the years, millions of people have been active on Peace Day in every country of the world, and hundreds of organizations have carried out life-saving activities in areas of conflict. Peace One Day's Campaigns and activities in Education, Music, Film, Sport, Dance, Art and Online have proved that the day works. Through our own initiatives and collaborations with various parties, Peace One Day will set out to encourage organizations and individuals to take specific actions to reduce violence around the theme: Who Will You Make Peace With?

Guiding Principles of Rotary International:

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Michael Joseph Butler
E.B. GO Vision Media
Los Angeles, CA
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