Watch: Boston Symphony Musicians Pay Tribute to Marathon Bombing Victims

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Boston Symphony assistant principal viola Cathy Basrak and principal violist Steven Ansell play in marathon gear Boston Symphony assistant principal viola Cathy Basrak and principal violist Steven Ansell play in marathon gear (Stu Rosner)

With security in Symphony Hall increased in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to the victims of the attacks and their families during its concert Thursday night.

A video supplied to WQXR by the BSO shows the orchestra's assistant principal violist, Cathy Basrak, who ran the marathon on Monday, introducing the concert from the stage. Wearing her marathon jacket and a running watch over her black evening gown, Basrak reads a quote from Leonard Bernstein and leads a moment of silence.

Five other BSO members who have run in Boston Marathons in previous years also wore running garb Thursday night (see photo below).

The orchestra invited people injured in the bombings and family members of the three people killed to attend the concert. Donations were collected for The One Fund, which was set up to help them.

The BSO canceled its concert on Monday night after the bombings, citing security reasons.

Below are the final moments in Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, the last piece on the Thursday's program.

Stu Rosner

BSO musicians Rachel Fagerburg, Jonathan Menkis, Cathy Basrak, Jennie Shames, Steven Ansell, James Cooke have all run in Boston Marathons in the past.

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Apr. 21 2013 11:45 AM
Ellen Lienhard from West Chester, PA

Miss Manners, I do hope you were joking, right? Or have you been living under a rock for the past week?

Apr. 20 2013 10:41 AM
Miss Manners from UES

No sense of decorum. What's next? Running shorts? Humph.

Apr. 19 2013 04:54 PM

Well done.

Apr. 19 2013 03:42 PM
Susan Anderson from Ojai, CA

Nice response, guys. Simple, but made the connection.

Apr. 19 2013 12:42 PM

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