WQXR Remembers 9/11 with Kent Tritle and The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, as well as Web Exclusives and Music

WQXR Remembers 9/11 with Live Events and Broadcasts, Web Exclusives and Music Specials


Kent Tritle to Lead The Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral Church of
St. John the Divine in its First Public Performance Under His Direction at The Greene Space at WQXR with “Music of Reflection and Resilience” on Friday, September 9 at 7pm
WQXR to Broadcast the New York Philharmonic’s
“Concert for New York” Live on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm
WQXR.org to Offer a Guide to Classical Compositions Inspired by 9/11
Plus, Listeners Curate the WQXR Playlist on Sunday, September 11


(New York, NY – August 9, 2011) -- To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, WQXR will present a range of live events, broadcast specials and web exclusives that harness the power of music to comfort, heal and uplift.


On FRIDAY, SEPTEMEBER 9 at 7pm, WQXR will present “Music of Reflection and Resilience: The Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine,” the choir’s first public performance under the direction of the renowned Kent Tritle, at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WQXR’s intimate and acoustically superior live event venue.


Tritle, the newly appointed music director at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and host of The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle on WQXR, will lead the professional Cathedral Choir in a program of works that offer solace, renewal, and hope.  Musical selections will include a cappella and accompanied works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Tallis, as well as The Best Beloved, a composition by longtime Trinity Church choir member Chris DeBlasio.


Tickets for the performance are $20, and can be purchased at www.thegreenespace.org. In addition, the performance will broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR and will stream as a live video webcast at www.wqxr.org.

On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 at 7:30pm, WQXR will broadcast “A Concert for New York,” the New York Philharmonic’s special free performance of Mahler’s No. 2, RESURRECTION, live from Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The broadcast will be hosted by WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon, and the concert will feature Soprano Dorothea Röschmann, Mezzo-Soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists.


On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 from 8am-1pm, WQXR will broadcast “Measuring Time,” a 5-hour music special programmed entirely by WQXR and WNYC listeners. Hosted by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, the program will feature musical selections with deep significance and meaning suggested by listeners to help mark the day. WNYC, WQXR’s sister station, will air a multi-genre version from noon-4pm hosted by John Schaefer on 93.9 FM.


BEGINNING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, the listener submissions will also form the basis of a special music stream on WQXR.org and WNYC.org offering a soundtrack of reflection and renewal.


LAUNCHING TODAY, WQXR.org presents “Decade 9/11: Responses in Classical Music,” an online guide exploring how some of the world’s most prominent composers have dealt musically with the events of 9/11.


For John Adams, who won a Pulitzer Prize for “On the Transmigration of Souls,” the inspiration was very specific and direct. He told WQXR: “I can’t imagine composing the piece now or composing a different piece. It happened when it did and I was in a state of puzzlement and ambivalence while I was writing it but I was glad that I did it. A lot of people have been moved by it and thanked me for it. So that’s really about all a composer can hope for.” Other composers, including Steve Reich and Michael Gordon, are tackling the subject only now, drawing on the distance of time and all that has happened since.


This guide to 9/11-themed works will showcase the remarkable diversity of responses with composer interviews, performance dates, and recording details, among other highlights.


“Decade 9/11: Responses in Classical Music,” the submission form for “Measuring Time,” and a complete list of WQXR’s 9/11 coverage can be found at www.wqxr.org/decade911.



New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WQXR, WNYC, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, as well as www.wqxr.org, www.wnyc.org, and www.thegreenespace.orgClassical 105.9 WQXR is New York City’s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life.  As America’s most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City’s cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. In addition to its audio content, WQXR and WNYC produce content for live, radio, and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space.  For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.