Plymouth State Music, Theatre and Dance hosts Statewide Collaborative Sept. 11 Memorial Concert

September 8th, 2011 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.—Singers and instrumentalists from throughout New England will come to Plymouth State University Sunday, Sept. 11, to rehearse and present a program of music to memorialize the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in the U.S.

Rehearsals will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and the concert follows at 4 p.m. in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.

Professor of Music Dan Perkins conceived the concert as a way to use music to remember and reflect on the events of that day and its impact on the world since. “We hope to inspire singers, instrumentalists and the audience to act … to be proactive peacemakers,” Perkins said.

More than 50 instrumentalists and 100 singers, professional and amateur, are expected to participate in the concert, including the PSU Chamber Singers and the University Chorale, and many PSU alumni. The New Hampshire Master Chorale and members of the Manchester Choral Society will also participate.

Featured on the program are:

The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, for chorus, soloists and full orchestra, one of many performances by choirs throughout the country on Sept. 11 as part of a “Global Sing for Peace.”

In addition to extracts from the Ordinary of the Mass, the text incorporates words from other religious and historical sources, including the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible, and the Mahabharata (one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India).

The Armed Man, according to Perkins, charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection; shows the horrors that war brings and ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium, “when sorrow, pain and death can be overcome.”

Later, by PSU Professor of Music Theory and Composition Jonathan Santore. Later was written by Santore in response to a poem by PSU Professor of English Elizabeth Ahl, which Santore says “dealt with the tragedy in a very moving way, talking about the personal contacts made and broken in the context of those events, and our need to sustain them.”

Lithium batteries quiver on the edge,

knit a net just strong enough to bear

the distant, crackling voices of the nearly dead

who call to say—who knows—some final words

into the ear of one who answers.

Santore said those are the issues he tried to convey musically in his setting, “along with my feelings for New York, the city where my father was born, and the location of my Italian-American heritage.” PSU Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Cox will narrate.

Festina Lente by Arvo Pärt for string orchestra. Pärt is an Estonian composer and Perkins says, “Its stark, angular texture will be accompanied by visual projections designed by PSU music Education major, Brad Dumont, of Rochester.

Tickets are $6 for adults and senior and $4 for students at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu. A convenience fee will be applied to online sales.

Summer Box Office hours are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and one hour before performances.

Fall/Spring hours (September–May) are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and one hour prior to performances. The Box Office is closed most PSU holidays.

General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.