Music has always been an important way to bring comfort and solace to the nation, in times of grief and tragedy. Musical events in Washington, D.C and nationally will offer an opportunity to express emotions where mere words fail. In an earlier edition, it was mentioned about The Washington Chorus’ participation in the 9/11 observances at Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City. Surprisingly, The Kennedy Center’s special 9/11 Tribute, which will be presented on September 8, 2011 is a private event that is by invitation only. It will include the tribute performances by Denyce Graves, Emmylou Harris, Wynton Marsalis, and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri. Special remarks and readings will be given by Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, Leon Wieseltier.
Even in its recent damaged state, The Washington National Cathedral stands tall as a center of prayer and musical solace. Its commemorative themed A Call to Compassion will feature several musical offerings that are open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Once the events have reached capacity, they may be viewed on the cathedral’s website. Click the links below to find out more events at the cathedral and beyond:
- Friday, September 9, 2011
- A Concert to Honor
- Brahms Requiem, with soprano Christine Brandes and bass-baritone Eric Owens with the Marine Chamber Orchestra
- Saturday, September 10, 2011
- A Concert to Heal
- “A Concert to Heal” at 1 pm, hosted by ABC7/WJLA-TV anchor Leon Harris, will feature local artists including the Latin music pop band Ocho de Bastos, and Afghan-born Muslim singer Humayun Khan.
- Sunday, September 11, 2011
- A Concert for Hope
- With Patti LaBelle, Alan Jackson and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves
DAMIEN MINISTRIES GALA CONCERT AT NEW YORK AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH with special guest, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves
Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 4:00 p.m., 1313 New York Ave. NW
“An Evening of Songs and Remembrance,” a concert commemorating 25 years of community service by Damien Ministra the faith-based nonprofit organization which helps people living with HIV/AIDS. Featuring the choirs of St. Stephen and the Incarnation and The Unitarian Church of Fairfax, accompanied by Mark Vogel, with baritone James Laws and composer Dr. Marvin V. Curtis
AT THE MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE:
September 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. (Click link above for ticket information)
Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” presented by the World’s Doctors Orchestra, Stefan Willich, conductor, violinist Tamaki Kawakubo, with soprano Jeanine De Bique, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and the National Philharmonic Chorale, Stan Engebretson, artistic director. The program opens with Barber’s moving “Adagio for Strings.”
AT THE KESWICK THEATER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA:
Gospel Artist Conrad Miller in special 9/11 Tribute at 5:00 p.m. The singer will perform his single, “In His Time” written in memory of his friend who was lost in the tragedy.
BALTIMORE VOCAL ARTS FOUNDATION:
at 3:00 p.m. will present soprano Schauntice Marshall and mezzo-soprano Tona Brown in the World Premiere of Douglas Townsend’s “In Memoriam” at Saint Joseph’s Monastery Church. A love offering will be taken to assist the affected families.