Events in New York Commemorate September 11

While it's not a cause for celebration, Tuesday will mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and events will be held throughout New York this weekend and beyond to honor the heroes and the fallen. City website Gothamist has selected a few worth seeing in the coming days.

    On Sunday, September 9, musicians will gather in the East Village's Tompkins Square Park for an afternoon of live music to commemorate the event. The free concert begins at 2 p.m. with performances by Wombat In Combat, Comrades, Mans Gin and David Peel and more.

    Later that day, at 4 p.m., Meredith Bergmann's bronze sculpture September 11 will be unveiled in its permanent home in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine's ambulatory following Evensong on September 9. The sculpture was specially commissioned by the Cathedral as a larger version of Bergmann's earlier, tabletop-sized work on the subject, created right after the attacks on the World Trade Center.

    Also on Sunday, the Interfaith Center of New York organizes a Unity Walk that "strive[s] to involve members of our mutual religious communities in this building up of understanding and cooperating between religious traditions and faiths." The walk downtown begins in Washington Square Park at 3 p.m., stopping to visit religious communities along the way and concluding with a 5 p.m. service at St. Peter's church near the WTC site.

    For a real-time look back at the harrowing events of the day, the Museum of the City of New York will screen In Memoriam—the 2002 HBO documentary that chronicles the day through first-hand accounts—all day on Tuesday. Interviews, photographs and video from witnesses in and around the city are presented and narrated by former Mayor Rudy Giulliani. The screening is free with museum admission.

    The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)—a group that "presents cutting-edge literature by living composers alongside the 'classics' of the contemporary—will take the stage the (le) poisson rouge Tuesday evening to perform WTC 9/11, the world premiere, all-live version, conducted by Donato Cabrera. Composer Steve Reich will also be in attendance.

    And on Tuesday at sunset, the iconic "Tribute In Light" will shine upward from downtown as a visual reminder of where the buildings once stood. Eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs blaze four miles into the sky in the shape of two, 48-foot squares representing the two towers. The beams, which the Municipal Art Society has passed over to the 9/11 Museum, stay lit through sunrise.

 

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