Music After 9/11

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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.