Music Plays Healing Role In 9/11 Tributes
While much of the country will likely remember the events of a year ago through moments of silence, music is playing a central role in today's (Sept. 11) ceremonies to mark the first anniversary of thWhile much of the country will likely remember the events of a year ago through moments of silence, music is playing a central role in today's (Sept. 11) ceremonies to mark the first anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
The most widely watched events in New York began at 1 a.m. with a solemn bagpipe procession from each of the city's five boroughs to the former site of the World Trade Center towers. Following their arrival, Gov. George Pataki read the Gettysburg Address, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani began the recitation of victims' names underscored by a cellist and several violinists, and New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey read part of the Declaration of Independence.
Across the river, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has plans to perform Verdi's "Requiem" at dusk in Jersey City's Liberty State Park. The park, which has a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline, was used as a staging area for rescue workers following the attacks.
Mozart's "Requiem" is being performed by choirs in 46 U.S. states and around the world at 8:46 a.m. in at least 21 time zones, symbolic of the time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. Organized by a group of Seattle singers, the "Rolling Requiem" will end in Hawaii, where the islands' four mayors have been inviting residents to step outside to observe a moment of silence.
Country artist/actor Billy Ray Cyrus will perform at a free 5:30 p.m. ceremony scheduled during the Utah State Fair. The artist will sing "Some Gave All" during the event, which comes an hour-and-a-half before his previously scheduled paid concert on the fairgrounds.
In Houston, veteran country artist Jerry Jeff Walker, renowned gospel artist Yolanda Adams, and the Houston Symphony (conducted by Hans Graf and David Amram) will participate in a city-sponsored free concert at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park.
Beginning last night, MTV preempted its regular programming in favor of airing inspirational videos, MTV News reports, and Sept. 11-related features. The network will also rebroadcast its "MTV News Now Special Report," which centers on the changes entertainment culture has undergone since the attacks. Sister network VH1 will rebroadcast the Concert for New York City commercial free from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET.
Finally, the star-studded "Concert for America 2002" will air this evening on NBC. Taped Monday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the tribute featured performances by Reba McEntire, Al Green, India.Arie, Enrique Iglesias, Alan Jackson, Chris Isaak, Placido Domingo, and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others. Actors James Earl Jones and Angela Bassett also offered dramatic readings at the event, which was attended by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.