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Musical commemorative planned for Sept. 11

Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
217-333-5491; melissa@uiuc.edu

9/6/2006

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States with a short commemorative program on Monday (Sept. 11).

The free observance is open to the public and will take place in the recital hall of Smith Hall, 805 S. Mathews St., Urbana, beginning at 7:46 a.m.

U. of I. music school director Karl Kramer said the program’s start time coincides with the time the first hijacked jetliner crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The program will conclude at 8:03 a.m., marking the time that the second jetliner hit the center’s south tower.

The program will consist of J.S. Bach’s Cantata 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!” (“Praise God in All Lands!”) and will feature U. of I. music faculty members Ollie Watts Davis, Michael Ewald and Michael Cameron, and the Pacifica Quartet. Charlotte Mattax will direct the performance from the harpsichord.

“As in previous years, there will be no speeches or talking – just reflection,” Kramer said.