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Classical music news: Much music and more will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks this Sunday in Madison.

September 8, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

By chance, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 falls on a Sunday.

On this coming Sunday.

And, as it should, classical music will play an integral part of the marking of this milestone in US and world history.

So much of the week’s postings could be considered “9/11 Week,” if you will. For Madison will be resounding with live and recorded music to mark the occasion.

Of course, that Sunday morning many churches and houses of worship will use music to mark the special occasion.

Outside those places, the musical commemoration will start in the late morning with a performance at the Fair Trade Coffeehouse (below top), 418 State St., by Classical Revolution Madison (below bottom) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The program includes Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, first movement, played by Andrea Kleesattel in an arrangement that she did for the accompaniment for cello trio; the first movement of Beethoven’s “Harp” String Quartet; Samuel Barber‘s “Adagio for Strings” (in its original form from his Op. 11 String Quartet, performed in recognition of Sept. 11) played by Alice Bartsch and Alex Norris, violins, Marissa Reinholz, viola and Chrisopher Peck, cello; and the first movement of Ives’ String Quartet No. 1 as a response to the Barber Adagio, played by Kleesattel, cello, Lauren Basney and Eleanor Bartsch, violins and Daniel Jacobs, viola. After the formal program the players will fill out the remaining time with chamber music readings and that is an open floor, so who knows … 


“Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen” also starts this Sunday at 12:30 (until 2 p.m.), and although I don’t know the program by flutist Jacob Roseman and pianist Molly Roseman (below) to be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio, I would be surprised if some homage to 9-11 victims is not included in it (maybe the “Pavane” of Faure?).

The anniversary day will include a FREE 45-minute commemoration of “Madison Remembers, presented by the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Overture Center for the Arts, in Overture Hall at 3 p.m. The performers will be led by organist Gary Lewis (below top) of Bethel Lutheran Church and will feature various community choruses and instrumentalists.  The program includes Barber’s famous  “Adagio for Strings”; Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; the “In Paradise” movement from Faure’s Requiem; and the “Ye Now Are Sorrowful” movement from Brahms’ “German” Requiem” along with other appropriate works including the National Anthem and patriotic  music.

The memorial concert will feature an honor guard of  first responders — Madison firefighters and Madison police officers — and will be hosted by NBC Channel 15 TV anchor Carleen Wild (below).  Other local performers include soprano Cheryl Bensman Rowe and organist Bruce Bengtson.

In addition, the Overture Center for the Arts also is presenting an exhibit of photographs by Carolyn Knorr, Patrick Patterson and Reece Donihi entitled “9/11 Then and Now: How Life has Changed.” The exhibit will run from Sept. 7 through Nov. 6 in the Playhouse Gallery.

Also, The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters will also observe the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11 on Sunday, September 11, 2011, with an afternoon series (from 1 to 4 p.m.) of FREE discussions and reflections entitled Perspectives on a Post-9/11 World. They will take place in the Lecture Hall of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in the Overture Center. For details about speakers and topics, visit:

Plus the day will end at night with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Alan Gilbert  (below ) in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television and PBS’ “Great Performances” (on WHA-TV Channel 21 in the Madison area).

That concert, given and recorded on Sept. 10, will be directly followed by a performance (“United We Stand: 9/11 Memorial Concert”) by the Bel Canto Choir (below top) and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra (below bottom) in Mozart’s Requiem, on WPT’s cable TV “The Wisconsin Channel, Charter Cable Channels 3 and 972 in the Madison area. (The Milwaukee concert will also be broadcast onWPT’s main flagship cable channels 11 and 600  at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.)

It will be easy to overlook such a wonderful cultural events and remembrances when so many other TV channels will be broadcasting competing documentaries and other news specials.

In the meantime, here are details about the special New York Philharmonic performance on PBS and WPT:

Are there other public 9/11 events in the Madison area that The Ear should list?

Please leave them in a COMMENT to be shared with other readers and put in a posted update.

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