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Memorial event marks anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks


Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — This year’s University of Illinois musical commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States will have a change of venue.

The memorial event, free and open to the public, will take place Sept. 11 in the Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.

As in past years, the performance will begin at 7:46 a.m., marking the time the first hijacked jet crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. It will conclude at 8:04 a.m., coinciding with the time the second jet hit the center’s south tower.

There will be no speeches before or after the performance, said U. of I. School of Music director Karl Kramer.

Featured performers will be Illinois music professors Julie Jordan Gunn, Nathan Gunn and Yvonne Gonzales Redman.

On the program:

“Don’t Look for Me Anymore,” a poem by Alicia Vasquez set to music in Richard Pearson Thomas’s composition “Race for the Sky: Voices of 9/11,” featuring Redman, soprano, and Julie Jordan Gunn, piano.

“Intermezzo,” Op. 118, No. 2, by Brahms, performed by Julie Jordan Gunn.

A suite of “Three American Songs”: “Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger,” “Bound for the Promised Land” and “Tenting Tonight,” sung by Nathan Gunn, baritone, and accompanied on piano by Julie Jordan Gunn.