'Remember To Love': A Sept. 11 Concert From Trinity Church, NYC

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  • "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart," an observation of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 at Trinity Church in Manhattan, NY on Sept. 09, 2011. The six choirs performing include NYC Master Chorale, Trinity Choir, The Washington Chorus, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and The Copley Singers.
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    "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart," an observation of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 at Trinity Church in Manhattan, NY on Sept. 09, 2011. The six choirs performing include NYC Master Chorale, Trinity Choir, The Washington Chorus, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and The Copley Singers.
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  • Gil Shaham, violinist, watches the choir while waiting to perform during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Gil Shaham, violinist, watches the choir while waiting to perform during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart," an observation of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 at Trinity Church in Manhattan, NY on Sept. 09, 2011. The six choirs performing include NYC Master Chorale, Trinity Choir, Young People's Chorus of New York City, The Washington Chorus, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and The Copley Singers.
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    "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart," an observation of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 at Trinity Church in Manhattan, NY on Sept. 09, 2011. The six choirs performing include NYC Master Chorale, Trinity Choir, Young People's Chorus of New York City, The Washington Chorus, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and The Copley Singers.
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  • Baritone Dashon Burton performs during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Baritone Dashon Burton performs during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • Conductor Julian Wachner with the six choirs during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Conductor Julian Wachner with the six choirs during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • Violinist Gil Shaham performs during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Violinist Gil Shaham performs during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • An audience member at Trinity Church in New York City.
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    An audience member at Trinity Church in New York City.
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  • Guest Artist Melanie DeMore conducts the audience through "Amazing Grace" during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Guest Artist Melanie DeMore conducts the audience through "Amazing Grace" during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • Baritone Dashon Burton and soprano Jolle Greenleaf react to the audience's applause during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Baritone Dashon Burton and soprano Jolle Greenleaf react to the audience's applause during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • Guest artist Melanie DeMore conducts "Amazing Grace" during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Guest artist Melanie DeMore conducts "Amazing Grace" during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • Francisco J. Nunez, far right, conducts during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Francisco J. Nunez, far right, conducts during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, left, with conductor Francisco J. Nunez, right, during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, left, with conductor Francisco J. Nunez, right, during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • Trinity Choir conductor Julian Wachner leads "Ein Deutsches Requiem" by Johannes Brahms during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Trinity Choir conductor Julian Wachner leads "Ein Deutsches Requiem" by Johannes Brahms during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • The choirs perform "Chichester Psalms" by Leonard Bernstein during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    The choirs perform "Chichester Psalms" by Leonard Bernstein during "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • Conductors from left: Greg Funfgeld, Julian Wachner, Francisco J. Nunez, Brian Jones, Thea Kano and Melanie DeMore celebrate at the end of "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    Conductors from left: Greg Funfgeld, Julian Wachner, Francisco J. Nunez, Brian Jones, Thea Kano and Melanie DeMore celebrate at the end of "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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  • With standing room the only available option at the back of Trinity Church, Ulrike Kohl from Germany closes her eyes as she listens to "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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    With standing room the only available option at the back of Trinity Church, Ulrike Kohl from Germany closes her eyes as she listens to "Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With A Sincere Heart."
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Located just blocks from the World Trade Center, Trinity Church and its St. Paul's Chapel have been part of New York's spiritual and musical life for centuries. Trinity was chartered as an Episcopalian church in 1697; George Washington worshiped at St. Paul's.

After Sept. 11, the church became an even more beloved focal point for its community. Although it is located just across the street from the World Trade Center, St. Paul's somehow escaped any physical damage. It quickly became an integral part of the recovery effort, and the chapel was a physical and spiritual refuge for rescue workers in the aftermath of the attacks.

The chapel was offered to first responders as a place to eat, rest, sleep and pray. A dedicated roster of hundreds of professional musicians took turns playing for the firefighters, police, emergency workers, construction workers and other professionals and volunteers who gathered there day and night. This musical ministry lasted for eight full months after Sept. 11.

An NYPD police officer takes comfort in St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel, near the site of the World Trade Center attack, September 21, 2001.

hide captionAn NYPD police officer takes comfort in St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel, near the site of the World Trade Center attack, September 21, 2001.

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To mark the decade that has passed, and to continue the church's services in healing and comfort, Trinity – which has long had a reputation for dynamic and vital musical offerings – is hosting a weeklong series of performances. At the heart of this observance is a day of nine choral concerts by Trinity's own choir, the New York City Master Chorale, the Young People's Chorus of New York City, the Washington Chorus, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (Pa.) and the Copley Singers of Boston. These choirs from New York, Boston, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. represent communities that have shared particular grief after the attacks.

In Friday night's concert, titled Remember to Love: Let Us Love One Another With a Sincere Heart, the adult choirs will be joined by Trinity's resident contemporary music ensemble NOVUS NY. Guest soloists include violinist Gil Shaham, sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Angela Meade, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, baritone Dashon Burton and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni.

The wide-ranging program features the complete Fauré Requiem, Duruflé's Ubi caritas, the "Dona nobis pacem" from Bach's B Minor Mass and excerpts from Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. Newer works include Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Randall Thompson's Last Words of David, Marjorie Merryman's Windhover Fantasy and Lukas Foss' setting of Psalm 23. The Anthony Furnivall arrangement of "Amazing Grace" and the spiritual "Soon ah Will Be Done" complete the program.

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