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9/11 remembered at concert held by the College of Music

9/11 remembered at concert held by the College of Music

September 11
20:25 2016

On Sept. 11, 2001, the country was rocked when two planes hit the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Shanksville, Penn.

The UNT College of Music hosted a concert in a packed Murchison Performing Arts Center Sunday night to remember the 15-year anniversary of those who died that day.

Allen Hightower, conductor of the A Capella choir, said the music chosen for this performance was to show the regal statement of the dignity of mankind.

“As we think of all the people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, we wanted to offer music and space to contemplate and remember we were very poignant and restful,” Hightower said. “There was no speaking during the performance to show the transcendent of potential of human kindness, and the hope of eternal love which is spoken in this text.”

It was requested of the audience to not applaud and to exit the hall in silence, in respect to the significance of the occasion. Denton resident Helen Reikofsky said that made the event even more beautiful.

The Fanfare for the Common Man has been one of my favorite pieces my entire life, and to hear it today was really powerful, the idea of reflection was wonderful,” Reikofsky said. “My husband is a pilot, and was on his way to the airport on that day. He told me to turn my TV on, and we saw the second airplane hit, I was thankful he wasn’t out on a trip.”

Music education freshman Christian Quintero was in preschool when the towers were struck and has a faint memory of what happened.

“I don’t remember the day, but when I asked my mom, she was panicked and took me out of school that day,” Quintero said. “I have never been to a concert like this. The music was beautiful, and I was in awe. I was so focused on what I was listening to.”

A member of the choir, music education senior Kayla Uirbe said the long yet quick rehearsals were worth it in the end to help the Denton community remember the fallen.

“Being able to do something for the community warms everyone’s hearts, and when they dimmed the lights at the end, and we were all in tears because we didn’t know that was going to happen,” Uirbe said. “I had no idea what was going on the day it happened but you could feel the hanging loom in the air and could sense something bad happened.”

Associate Dean of the College of Music Warren Henry and Hightower both wanted to do something to mark the 15-year anniversary of 9/11, so they put the performance together in four total rehearsals.

The music for the concert was chosen based on their qualities, and Hightower said he thinks this event brought the choir closer together.

“We wanted pieces that had meditative qualities. I am extremely proud of our students who are very disciplined, able to build the skills like professionals, and it gave us a sense of a short term goal,” he said. “I think because of the magnitude of the emotions of this, it made us more vulnerable to each other.”

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