Buffett to Perform February 8 at Shore

Shore is joining with the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) and the Boston Foundation to present an evening of music and conversation with Peter Buffett in the Trustey Family Theatre on February 8. Buffett, the Emmy Award-winning son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, will perform and engage the audience in an interactive, musical dialogue about life's purpose, opportunities, and meaning. Using his own life story, Buffett will discuss how important it is for each person to define his or her own path, regardless of their wealth or background.

A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett
February 8, 2018 • 7:00 p.m. • Shore Country Day School • 545 Cabot Street, Beverly

Refreshments will be served beginning at 5:45 p.m., and dessert and a book-signing with Buffett will follow the program.

To attend, RSVP by February 1 to one of the following contacts:

A musician, composer, writer, and philanthropist, Buffett is an Emmy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author, and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation, a grant-making organization that aims to catalyze a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership.

Through the foundation, Buffett supports the development of capacities in people—individually and collectively—to help create a caring and balanced world. NoVo envisions a world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, thereby reversing the old paradigm predicated on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.

In Buffett's best-selling book, Life is What You Make It, which forms the basis for his evening of music and conversation, the author elaborates on his view of the world and of philanthropy, and shares the strong set of values given to him by his trusting and broadminded mother, his industrious and talented father, and the many life teachers he has met along the way.

Today’s society, Buffett argues, has begun to replace a work ethic—relishing what you do—with a wealth ethic—honoring the payoff instead of the process. We confuse privilege with material accumulation, character with external validation, he believes. Yet, according to Buffett, by focusing more on substance and less on reward, we can open doors of opportunity and strive toward a greater sense of fulfillment.

Through this lens, Buffett argues that it becomes easy to recognize the equal dignity and value of every human life. We can see that our journey in life rarely follows a straight line, but often encounters false starts, crises, and blunders. How we push through and persevere in these challenging moments is where we begin to create the life of our dreams—from discovering our vocations to living out our bliss to giving back to others.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett began his career in San Francisco writing music for commercials. He later recorded numerous albums with Narada Records, Epic, and Hollywood Records, releasing his Emmy-winning album, titled Ojibwe, on his own label, BisonHead.

Buffett's music earned him invitations to score film and television work. Highlights include the fire dance scene in the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves and the entire score for 500 Nations, the eight-hour miniseries produced by Kevin Costner for CBS. Buffett’s theatrical production, Spirit—The Seventh Fire, was performed on the National Mall for the Smithsonian’s opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. 

The Boston Foundation is one of the nation's oldest and largest community foundations, a center of overlapping partnerships and networks dedicated to making life better for everyone in the Boston region. Since its founding in 1915, the Boston Foundation has made $1.8 billion in total grants.

The Essex County Community Foundation educates the area's nonprofit leaders in sound business practice, and connects those leaders with local funding to support their work.