August 17, 2005 Wednesday
PAY attention. A must event that will fill the skies with music is 9/11’s annual September concert. Per project coordinator Veronica Kelly, top cop Ray Kelly’s wife: “The goal, with musicians of all backgrounds, ages, colors and genres, is to bring people together, reaffirm our hope for peace, and celebrate life and our universal humanity.”
Last year 900 musicians pitched into 100 N.Y.C. concert sites with sister cities Boulder, Colo.; Boynton Beach, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; even Kobe, Japan, participating. Rules are: all music and musicians – hip-hop to pop-rock to classical – treated equally, arenas to design and organize their own programs, everybody and everything including venue, workers and admissions to be free of charge.
This Sept. 11, noon to 7 p.m., performances will ring out around the city. Outdoor locations include such parks as: Fort Tryon, Morningside, Straus, Central, Bryant, Battery, Madison Square, Union Square, Washington Square, Tompkins Square, Greeley Square, Herald Square, Battery Park City, Clove Lakes (Staten Island), Lincoln Center Plaza, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Public Library and British Memorial Garden. The number of indoor venues can be accessed by logging onto septemberconcert.org.
Tokyo’s location will feature a giant screen tied to 10 other live concerts in Japan. The idea being to make this not only national, but international.
The Evening of Remembrance and Celebration, featuring the New York Choral Society, begins 7:30 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. No reserved seating. Invitations have been printed under the imprimatur of The Rector Monsignor Eugene Clark. Although the Monsignor is gone, the concert is not.
Anyone eager to participate can offer a space, volunteer their time or send a check.