Colorado Symphony to participate in Colorado Remembers 9/11, 10th Anniversary Commemorative Concert, at Denver's Civic Center Park
September 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In remembrance of this national tragedy, Governor John Hickenlooper (and the State of Colorado) and Mayor Michael Hancock (and the City and County of Denver), in partnership with The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL), The Denver Post and AEGLive Rocky Mountains, are hosting a commemorative event and concert to honor victims, first responders and members of the U.S. Armed Forces on September 11, 2011, at Civic Center Park from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature a special musical tribute by The Beach Boys, Tyler Ward and a performance by the Colorado Symphony.
The Colorado Symphony, led by resident conductor Scott O'Neil, will perform several poignant and patriotic favorites by American composers. Among the works featured is Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. Composed in 1942 in response to the entry of the U.S. into World War II, it was partly inspired by a speech made by vice president Henry A. Wallace proclaiming the dawning of the "Century of the Common Man."
In addition, the Colorado Symphony will perform John Williams' Liberty Fanfare, which was composed in 1986 to celebrate the centennial of the Statue of Liberty, as well as Gould's American Salute, composed during World War II and inspired by the Civil War song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."
The Colorado Symphony will also feature Barber's Adagio for Strings. Composed in 1936 and premiered in New York in 1938 during a national live radio broadcast conducted by Arturo Toscanini, it was one of the few American works to be played in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Today, it is considered among the 20th-century's most popular works.
The event program will begin with a remembrance procession, led by the Colorado National Guard, firefighters, law enforcement, first responders and memorial pipes and drums, which will be followed by a presentation by the Honor Guard, a wreath laying ceremony, firing salute, taps and a military flyover.
Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; arriving early is greatly encouraged, as are the use of blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics. Concessions will also be available on-site. The event will take place rain or shine.