The one-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be commemorated in a variety of programs held over two days at Ithaca College. A concert, candlelight interfaith service, film screening, and two educational forums will serve to look back at the tragic events of last year and forward to what those events mean for the College community, the nation, and the world.
"Just as we did in the days after September 11, we will draw together again as a community to recognize the victims-along with their family members and other loved ones-of this terrible tragedy," says Ithaca College president Peggy R. Williams. "We will also draw on the many strengths of our College community, which include our musical talents and diversity of political and cultural perspectives, to provide appropriate observances of the occasion."
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
On Wednesday, September 11, choral ensembles and the orchestra from the Ithaca College School of Music will perform Mozart's Requiem in Ford Hall. The concert is part of an international program called the "Rolling Requiem," which is being organized by the Seattle Symphony Chorale. The goal of the Rolling Requiem is to have choirs performing in each time zone around the globe beginning at 8:46 a.m. local time, the moment the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. President Williams will introduce the Ithaca College performance.
Because of space limitations in Ford Hall, attendance at the concert will be limited to members of the Ithaca College community. The concert will be broadcast live, however, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. by the College's student-run television and radio stations. Local residents can view the performance on Time Warner Cable channel 16 (ICTV) or listen on WICB-FM 91.7 and 106-VIC (105.9 FM cable). Viewing locations will also be set up on campus in the Emerson Suites, located in Phillips Hall, and the Hockett Family Recital Hall, located in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.
Those planning to attend the performance in Ford Hall are asked to be seated by 8:15 a.m. Classes will not be held from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. in order to give students an opportunity to take part in the observance. College offices will remain open, but staff who wish to attend or view the concert are encouraged to work with their respective supervisor to ensure office coverage.
To date, over 150 choirs from 23 countries around the world have volunteered to join the Rolling Requiem. Beginning at the International Date Line and soaring from time zone to time zone, these heartfelt concerts will follow the sun around the world, providing 24 hours of music, giving voice to hope and healing.
At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a candlelight interfaith service will be held around the pond near Muller Chapel. Organized by the College chaplains with input from students, the program will include prayer, music, reflection, and the dedication of a "peace pole" in memory of those associated with the Ithaca College community who were killed in the attacks.
Over 200,000 peace poles have been installed in over 180 countries. Standing about eight feet tall, the wooden pole is inscribed with the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth," in eight languages: English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Swahili, and Seneca. At the dedication, the phrase will be read aloud in each of the languages, with those attending the service then invited to repeat the message in their own native language.
Placed on the pole will be plaques bearing the names of five former Ithaca College students and the sister of one who was a senior last September 11, all of whom perished at the World Trade Center: Vincent Abate '83, Thomas Collins '87, Ronald Ruben '87, Steven Russin '91, Derek Statkevicus '93, and Johanna Sigmund, sister of John Sigmund '02.
The Ithaca College Trombone Troupe will provide music for the service, including a piece commissioned by the group titled "Remembrance and Reflection," written by Paul Goldstaub '69. The program will also include a reading of the "golden rule" as it is expressed in various religious traditions.
Screening of In Memoriam
The powerful HBO documentary In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 will be shown at 9:00 p.m. in the Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. With former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his staff as guides, the film draws from still photographs and video footage provided by more than 100 "regular" New Yorkers who happened to be in lower Manhattan on that fateful day.
In Memoriam has been nominated for five Emmy Awards, including outstanding nonfiction special. One reviewer called it "an intense, gripping, and emotionally draining reprise of the colossal tragedy," whose "scope, detail, and power qualify it as an historical document worthy of repeated screenings for generations to come." The showing is sponsored by the Ithaca College Student Activities Board.
DAY OF REFLECTION AND LEARNING
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