In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we wanted to perform this musical tribute to those victims and show the power of music to help overcome tragedies, both personal and communal. Composers have long found solace in music to help them deal with crises and provide a pathway back to humanity in the face of unspeakable horrors. Certainly, this long Covid pandemic has also forced us to find some extra meaning through music as well. This concert will include Bach’s soulful Air on a G String plus Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the truly moving piece that was the most often played soon after 9/11 happened. Also featured is one of the first pieces I performed after that attack—Shostakovich’s Piano Trio—written during World War II with numerous Jewish themes included. I still remember the long silence and audible tears after we played that concert as people reflected not only on the Holocaust, but the 9/11 attacks and other instances of man’s inhumanity to other men. We will also perform portions of Smetana’s Piano Trio in G Minor, which he wrote soon after the death of two of his daughters when he came close to committing suicide, but chose to memorialize them in music instead. This should be a very emotional, but powerful program.
You must be vaccinated to attend this concert and masks are required.