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9/11: In Memoriam
September 2, 2011   
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The whole world watched in disbelief and then horror as two airliners crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001. The biggest terrorist attack in history killed thousands of people, including six Poles. September marks 10 years since those tragic events.

The anniversary will be commemorated in Warsaw with a grand concert entitled In memoriam at the National Philharmonic Sept. 11. The concert will feature September Symphony written by one of Poland’s best known composers, Wojciech Kilar. He started writing the piece in 2001, moved by the terrorist attack in New York. The symphony consists of four parts, each of which features signature elements of Kilar’s latest works, including slowly unfolding dramatic tension built by static string chords colored by the piano to create a contemplative mood. The gloomy feel of September Symphony and tunes which echo American music, including anthems and songs such as “America the Beautiful” by Samuel Ward, make for highly expressive music which is easily recognizable to listeners.

The In memoriam concert will begin with Adagio for Strings by American composer Samuel Barber. The work, written in 1938, became popular owing to a simple musical language where a lyrical and sad melody is played to evolving accompaniment and contrasting sound intensity. The mournful tone of Adagio for Strings soon made the piece become a standard at national commemorations in the United States. These days, the work is a highlight at concerts and many versions of it have been recorded by the best orchestras of the world.

The concert will be held under the honorary auspices of U.S. ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein. It is organized by Trinity Entertainment in cooperation with the Sinfonia Iuventus Polish Orchestra (pictured) which, conducted by Tadeusz Wojciechowski, will perform both September Symphony and Adagio for Strings. The Warsaw Voice is a media patron of the concert.

For further information go to www.september2011.pl
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