Peter Yarrow in Concert

by Sean Fitzpatrick '04

On Thursday, June 5, Peter Yarrow performed a free concert in APU’s Upper Turner Campus Center (UTCC). Fans of all ages turned out to see Yarrow, who was part of the famous '60s and '70s band, "Peter, Paul & Mary."

Many of those who came were long-time fans who have followed Yarrow’s music since his start in the 1960s.

After entering to the applause of dedicated fans, Yarrow selected a few audience members and serenaded them personally. The performance encouraged audience members to sing along and participate. "I loved the show," said Joanne Cozens ’04. "It was so much fun to sing along with him."

Though the artist recently turned 65, his energy level rivaled that of most 20-year-olds. At the performance, he was dancing, kicking, and jumping around the stage.

Between songs, Yarrow shared his heart for those who were involved in war-related conflicts across the world, and also for people who are less fortunate than himself. He explained that often the music he writes reflects his feelings about people in these situations.

Yarrow's performance highlighted APU's Connections in Character Education Institute, sponsored by APU's Center for Research in Ethics and Values. The institute discussed character education and development. Yarrow's passion for education is reflected in his program Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me which exists to transform schools into more compassionate, safe, and respectful environments.