Remembering September 11th

Posted September 9, 2021

We can't believe that twenty years have gone by. All those that were lost to us on 9/11 are still in our hearts, and will be forever.

Tribute in Light, the beams of blue light in the shape of the Twin Towers, will be visible from dusk to dawn on Saturday. Washington Square Park is a great location to see it.

In addition to the lights, there are many events commemorating the event around the city. Here are a few of the musical ones:

Musicians for Harmony will present a 9/11 memorial concert at 7 p.m.featuring The Julliard String Quartet, Kinan Azmeh and his CityBand, Music Sans Frontières and ETHEL. The show at Merkin Hall on the Upper West Side will raise money for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, the COVID-19 Fund and Save NYC Musicians. Tickets are $35-$60. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Head to The Metropolitan Opera for a performance of Verdi's Requiem. This will be the first performance inside the Metropolitan Opera House since it's closure due to COVID. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the Met Orchestra and Chorus with a quartet of star soloists: soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens.  And the Met will be lit up in a brilliant blue in solidarity with the Tribute in LIght. Tickets cost $25. Can't snag a seat? Live audio from the performance will be broadcast outside in Lincoln Center at 7:45 p.m. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Remembrance, Reflection and Resilience: A 9/11 Tribute Concert will take place at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Samuel Barbers' Adagio for Strings, the world premier of Gary S. Fagin's 9/11 in Memoriam, Duke Ellington's Come Sunday and other music sandwiched in between readings of remembrance and reflection. Tickets are free, but a $20 donation to support the museum is suggested. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.

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