11 September 2016
RETURN TO NEW YORK
A return trip to New York to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11
In 2011 when we travelled to New York for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the 9/11 terrorist attack, work on the buildings to replace the World Trade Center had already begun. ‘One World Trade Center’ (known colloquially as the Freedom Tower, and the tallest building in the western hemisphere) was completed in 2012; adjacent to 1WTC is the 9/11 Memorial & Museum – a fitting tribute to all those who lost their lives in 2001. Our performance in St Bart’s Church forms part of their remembrance day commemoration: partly a memorial and partly a celebration of life and music.
We are incredibly fortunate and honoured to have been invited by St Bart’s to be part of their commemoration day. Construction on the present building was begun in 1916 and completed in 1930; it is a wonderful example of Byzantine-Revival style and one of New York City’s landmarks. Throughout its history music has held a place of high esteem in the rich life of the church, and some of the greatest names in American music, including Leopold Stokowski, have served as past directors of music. St Bart’s has hosted performances by the Tallis Scholars and the choirs of Canterbury Cathedral, St John’s College Cambridge and St Paul’s Cathedral; its Aeolian-Skinner organ is the largest in New York city, and one of the great examples of the American Classic organ.
Friday 9 September: those travelling from the UK will arrive in New York in the late afternoon, with the rest of the evening at leisure
Saturday 10 September: there will be piano rehearsals morning and afternoon; evening at leisure.
Sunday 11 September: a morning rehearsal with full orchestra will be followed by the afternoon concert. After that is a lavish post-concert buffet: all you can eat, American style!
Monday 12 September: flights home, but having gone all that way it would be a shame not to stay longer, so you might like to consider extending your stay by arriving earlier in the week or staying on for a few days.