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Saturday October 20, 2018

7:30 PM

McArthur Recital Hall
Flint Institute of Music
1025 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48503

(Located in the Flint Cultural Center next to the Sloan Museum and near The Whiting and Flint Institute of Arts)






Strining together harmony!

2018 Concert Artist Lineup

Larry McCray

Larry McCray’s heart and soul are in the blues. Of that, there’s no question. It’s been 25 years — award-winning ones at that — of scalding-hot and tasteful blues from the Arkansas-born, Michigan-based singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter and heir apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all of whom he’s had the chance to meet and play with.

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McCray’s eight albums have blended reverence for that tradition with his own soulful spin on the form, and those achievements have been noted with an Orville H. Gibson Male Blues Guitarist of the Year award as well as the Top Guitarist prize in International Blues Matters’ 2014 writer’s poll. But there’s a part of McCray here that has a rock ‘n’ roll beat too, and he’s following ​that on his latest release.

Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish

Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish is a 2015 Jammie award winning Rock-N-Roll band from sunny Grand Rapids, MI. Founded in the fall of 2013, Singer and guitar player Jesse Ray Carolina started a rockabilly-influenced duo that played numerous gigs in West Michigan. They have also toured as far as

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New Orleans in the winter of shortly after releasing their debut album “Gravedigger”, winner of the “Best Roots/Revival Album” award by WYCE. “Dead Man Walking”, Released in September of 2015 is the band’s sophomore release. The band hopes to take it’s high energy shows to new places, and faces around the United States and beyond.

The Dort Honors Stringed Quartet

We are pleased to have The Dort Honors Stringed Quartet return for the 6th Humanity in Harmony Concert. This group of talented and dedicated high school students auditions for the opportunity to play in the quartet each year. The Dort Honors Stringed Quartet, under the direction of Alesia Byrd, is sponsored by the Dort Family Trust.  

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Sheldon Low

We are pleased to welcome back Sheldon Low to our Humanity in Harmony stage. This will be the 6th time Sheldon has rocked our grand finale leading all our artists; that is after he rocks the house in his own set. He is a Jewish educator, who loves to work with children and one of the brightest young stars in Jewish Rock Music today performing rock concerts, ‘Light Up Shabbat’ services, seminars, and leading Artist-in-Residency weekends in Jewish communities throughout North America.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Low is a third generation song leader.

His recordings and compositions have been featured

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Dan White

Daniel Pearl Foundation Mission

The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Bureau Chief, journalist/musician Daniel Pearl, to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work. The Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, to counter cultural and religious intolerance, to cultivate responsible and balanced journalism, and to inspire unity and friendship through music.

The Humanity in Harmony Concert is the only Daniel Pearl World Music Day event in Michigan. The goal, like the Pearl Foundation, is to bring people together in mid-Michigan, to play and listen to music, sing, talk and get to know each other. Using stringed instruments to find a common cord may be a way for us to have more difficult conversations with each other.

2018 Daniel Pearl World Music Days Journalist in Residence Dan White

There is more than music. Honoring the memory of Daniel Pearl we have chosen our third Humanity in Harmony-Daniel Pearl World Music Days Journalist in Residence, Dan White, a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer with a photojournalistic perspective that permeates his commercial, editorial, and artistic images. Dan literally sees the world—not only through the lens of his experienced camera—but with the heightened awareness of one who travels internationally to better understand himself through others’ faces and places. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, White began shooting pictures at age 11 and started his first newspaper job when he divided time between high school studies and full-time work at The Flint Journal. He spent summers interning at The Everett Herald in Washington, and The Muskegon Chronicle in Michigan. Dan received his Bachelor of Journalism degree, with an emphasis on photojournalism, from the University of Missouri. After college, he worked for The Yakima Herald-Republic in the state of Washington and The Columbia Daily Tribune in Missouri. It was while working at The Kansas City Star that he was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team, which won for its coverage of the Hyatt Hotel skywalk collapse. Currently, Dan continues his thirty-year career as a commercial photographer based in Kansas City, Missouri. Potraiture has always been Dan’s most interesting and challenging type of assignment. From the aboriginal people of the Northern Territories in Australia to the jazz musicians of Kansas City, to the cowboys of western Kansas, or in honoring the people of his hometown, he photographs with respect for and an ability to make people comfortable in front of the camera. His talent for composition and eye for lighting has produced memorable images for his clients.



Michael J Thorp

Michael J Thorp

Producer / host

The host and producer of the “Humanity in Harmony Concert” once again is Michael J. Thorp, a well-known broadcaster, writer, program planner and host. Michael J. is the host of The Michael J. Thorp Show on WWCK am 1570, and on line at

A DJ, talk show host, newsman and program director for many years on radio, he created, produced and hosted “The Huckleberry Radio Hour” a live radio variety show that ran from 2007-20011 and won 2 EMMYS. He was a television news anchor for ABC television, and is currently host of, “Michael J. Thorp’s American Civil War Years”, for which he garnered an EMMY nomination in 2012.

He serves as; an Executive Board member and past Vice President of the Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America, a board member, and past president, of the Mott Community College Alumni Association, an instructor for the Michigan Association of School Boards creating and leading seminars and programs; and as an instructor/writer/producer for i-Michigan Productions. Michael is a member of the Davison High School Hall of Fame, and a Distinguished Alumni of both the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College.

Michael has published 3 books, the most recent, “Michigan’s Thumb Drive”, a history and tour of Michigan’s Thumb. His other Michigan based books; “The Great, Great Lakes Trivia Test”, and a children’s book, “The Legend of the Abominable Huckleberry.” Another Michigan trivia book is set for release next year. He was a contributor to “American Civil War Years: the Reenactors Telling”, which is a companion book to the PBS series he hosts.
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2016 Video Sample

2015 Concert Sample

2014 Humanity In Harmony Concert

We seek out stringed musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds to perform each year.
Enjoy a sample of  the 2014 performances below.

Artists in 2014 were Sheldon Low, The Moxie Strings, Dr. Mike Kassel, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Chris Shafkalis and John Pappas.

View video clips of their performances on this page… Click here.


2013 Humanity In Harmony Photos

Prior Year Programs

2013 Humanity In Harmony Event


2014 Program