Music After 9/11

Honoring a Somber Moment with Eleonor Sandresky and Daniel Felsenfeld

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Monday, August 29, 2011

This week on The New Canon, we explore the intricacies of producing a marathon concert to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with co-producers and composers Daniel Felsenfeld and Eleonor Sandresky. Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

On September 11, 2001, composer Daniel Felsenfeld was house-sitting downtown for his colleague Eleonor Sandresky when the planes hit the towers. Ten years later, the two are fulfilling their passion project of marking the tragic events of that day with a marathon concert, starting at 9:18 am on Sunday the 11th, featuring composers and performers who were in the downtown area at the time of impact. How did that event shape the course of these musicians' (both inside — Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Nico Muhly — and outside — Rosanne Cash, Justin Vivian Bond and David Bowie — the classical realm) lives and art? And what does it mean to memorialize a national tragedy with a public performance?

As we talk specifics with Sandresky and Felsenfeld, who are seeking to present an estimated 15 hours of pure music without eulogies or speeches, we'll also hear a back and forth between their works, from a piece Felsenfeld wrote to accompany Wesley Stace's newest novel to two compositions that exemplify Sandresky's signature choreographic piano style.

Comments [2]

Mac Wellman

Olivia: Thanks for your kind remarks-- tried to repsond on Facebook (which I rarely use) but to no avail. I listen exclusively to WQXR, and have even done a little opera myself with David Lang called THE DIFFICULTY OF CROSSING A FIELD, and hope to do more; best wishes, Mac Wellman

Sep. 11 2011 04:16 PM
Patrick Gullo from New York, NY

I'm really interested in the picture the programming will paint for the whole event. It's great Daniel and Eleonor are putting on this concert. Can't wait!

Aug. 26 2011 12:01 AM

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