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Saturday, September 10, 2011

As we take this weekend to commemorate the events of September 11, the American people are reminded of the emotions experienced on that horrific day. While we reflect on all those who were lost, we remember that the tenacious human spirit was not. This week, Terrance McKnight explores that unyielding force that unites and moves us, with works by Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and others.

Many of us can recall exactly where we were on that September morning. For many artists, an impulse to create and express came over them. Works such as John Adams's On the Transmigration of Souls and Steven Reich's WTC 9/11 are musical testaments to those events. Terrance McKnight recalls his own artistic impulse: "After several hours of being stunned and terrified, my first artistic expression was to play something on the piano. To play something that had been there for me".

Other highlights of this week’s program include Duke Ellington’s Suite from The River, Carolyn Yarnell’s The Same Sky and Kayhan Kalhor’s Silent City.

Weigh in: How has music or any other artistic impulse helped you through difficult circumstances? 

Playlist:

America
Leonard Bernstein
12 Cellists of Berlin Philharmonic
Angel/EMI

Short Ride in a Fast Machine
John Adams
San Francisco Symphony
Edo de Waart, conductor
Nonesuch

Bridge of Light
Keith Jarrett
The Fairfield Orchestra
Thomas Crawford, conductor
Patricia McCarty, viola
ECM

Go
Jason Treuting
So Percussion
Cantaloupe

Silent City
Kayhan Kalhor
Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh; Brooklyn Rider; Jeef Beecher, bass; Mark Suter, bodhran, ghaval, pods, shells, metals
World Village

Of Thee I Sing Overture
George Gershwin
Jack Gibbons, piano
ASV

The Same Sky
Carolyn Yarnell
Kathleen Supove, piano
Koch

Suite from "The River"
Edward K. (Duke) Ellington
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Chandos

Song for World Forgiveness
Jack DeJohnette
Nigel Kennedy, electric violin; Ron Carter, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums; Daniel Sadownick, percussion; Kenny Werner, piano
Blue Note

Comments [2]

Love your program but many times you do not list the selections. Is there a page or link I am missing?

Sep. 23 2011 01:46 AM
Marsha Greenberg Motzen from Englewood, NJ

In September 2001 I had just been accepted into the Juilliard Choral Union, the "chorus in residence" at The Juilliard School, and was anticipating our first rehearsal on September 12th. It was not to be. When we finally convened on September 19th, we sang for about an hour and then went to the firehouse at 66th and Amsterdam which had lost, if I remember correctly, 11 members. We sang patriotic songs with them, and hugged and cried. There wasn't a dry eye among us. Our first concert that year was the Mahler 2nd, with the Juilliard Orchestra, in December. It was truly a healing experience, performing that particular piece, at that time. We also performed at the annual Lincoln Center Tree Lighting, a beautiful night of celebration and music which New York so desperately needed to heal. On 9-11 of 2002 and 2003, we performed the Mozart Requiem as a "community sing". I feel privileged to have had these musically healing experiences.

Sep. 10 2011 10:27 PM

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