The foundation created to honor slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl will mark what would have been his 39th birthday with classical, jazz, and bluegrass concerts around the world tomorrow

The foundation created to honor slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl will mark what would have been his 39th birthday with classical, jazz, and bluegrass concerts around the world tomorrow (Oct. 10). "Daniel's birthday is an opportunity more than a hurdle," Pearl's father, Judea, said this morning on NBC's "Today" morning show. "When we approached this, we were concerned that we would not know how to cope with the enormity of the event, but I believe we found a way to turn it into an opportunity."

The Daniel Pearl Foundation will mark the journalist's birthday with a "Daniel Pearl Music Day" because Pearl -- kidnapped and murdered by Islamic extremists while investigating a story -- was a classically trained musician who played the violin, fiddle, and mandolin, his father said.

The day will feature 100 events in 20 countries, including performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and violinist Itzhak Perlman. A bluegrass concert will take place in Jerusalem, jazz musicians will perform in India and jam sessions are planned across the U.S.

Pearl was kidnapped Jan. 23 in Karachi while researching links between Pakistani Islamic extremists and Richard C. Reid, who was arrested in December on a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives in his shoe. In July, four militants, including British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were convicted of the crime. Saeed was sentenced to death by hanging and the other three received life sentences. All four have appealed.


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