Remembering New York After 9/11

Requiems and Works of Remembrance

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Monday, September 05, 2011

It’s hard to believe that “September eleventh” was ten years ago. I moved to New York City eleven years ago basically to date, and that event still remains as vivid a memory to me as ever. This anniversary is stirring up plentiful emotions for me, and I imagine I’m hardly the only one for whom this is true. 

Mostly, I remember the fact that New York really came together after 9/11; there was a real sense of community, civic pride, and joy post that event which, I have found in trying to write this article, is particularly complicated to articulate. Whatever my feelings about political events post-9/11, I really treasure my memories of the city from late 2001.

This week we will celebrate the lives lost that day with a series of requiems, memorial pieces, and works which simply “helped us through.” I’d love to know what pieces you listened to during that period of time, and how you are feeling ten years later. I’ll do my best to program your suggestions. My thoughts are with those remembering lost loved ones this week.

Q2's own Requiem Project begins Friday, September 9 at 4 p.m. at the conclusion of this week's "Remembering New York After 9/11" with Nadia Sirota.

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Comments [1]

greta from brooklyn, ny

well put, Nadia. i too was here ten years ago, having moved from Australia in 1999. i remember and hold onto those positive things that came forward that day - the massive outpouring of human kindness, compassion, generosity, and spontaneous acts of community eg) musicians putting on benefit concerts, groups organizing to make sandwiches for the rescue workers, endless lines of people waiting to donate blood, winding around blocks and blocks of Manhattan. there's so much more to say. just wanted to voice my immediate thoughts about the day. i made a lasting commitment to staying in nyc that day, when prior to that, i had no plan. i'm still here 10 years later. looking forward to being part of this event on September 11:

http://musicafter.com/

best,

greta gertler

Sep. 05 2011 02:17 PM

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