For the children

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

Susan Warner and her husband, Dave Griffin, are Oak Park residents and full-time musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera respectively. They have organized a concert, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 15 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at

Their inspiration for this event? In 2008 they adopted their daughter, Pearl, from China. The concert is co-sponsored by the CSO and Citizen Musician, an initiative founded by cellist Yo Yo Ma, which awarded a grant to fund the costs of the concert. All proceeds will benefit Hephzibah Home in Oak Park and Grace & Hope for Children, a U.S. nonprofit aiding orphans in China.

They're billing it as "a night of love and hope for children near and far."

For additional information about Hephzibah, visit

For additional information about Grace and Hope for Children, please visit



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