On Sept. 11, 2001, American citizens watched the news in horror as two airplanes flew into the World Trade Center causing thousands of deaths, massive damages and years of grief and terror.
In memory of this tragic historical event, Lake Houston area residents will hold the “9/11 Concert of Remembrance and Peace”, a moving joint choir concert and service on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Strawbridge United Methodist Church. More than 150 members of the Kingwood Chorale and various area church choirs will present Fauré’s “Requiem”, other musical selections and peace readings.
“This year marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The Kingwood Chorale and many local church choirs will reprise the tribute that was held on the first anniversary of 9/11 in 2002,” said Dr. Todd Miller, LSC-Kingwood music professor and Kingwood Chorale director. “At the first tribute, more than 1,000 people attended this moving remembrance in music. We invite everyone to attend this performance. It will be a very beautiful, but somber occasion.”
Fauré’s “Requiem” will be conducted by David Allen, director of music at Kingwood United Methodist Church with voices from: the Kingwood Chorale, First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, Strawbridge United Methodist Church, Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, Kingwood Christian Church, St. Martha’s Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and Kingwood United Methodist Church. In addition, Sandra Van Cleve, a local professional singer and voice teacher, lived in New York in 2001 and worked in the World Trade Center. She will give her personal account of that fateful day.
“Hearing a ‘grand chorus’ of this size adds a dramatic dimension to music written to honor the dead,” Miller said. “This kind of music is best heard live, when the vibrations of so many voices can actually be felt.”
The Kingwood Chorale is sponsored by Lone Star College-Kingwood and the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society. The “9/11 Concert of Remembrance and Peace” is free and an offering will be collected to benefit Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM). The Strawbridge United Methodist Church is located at 5629 Kingwood Drive. For more information, visitwww.lhmas.org.
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