9/11 Remembered

September 12, 2011

BYC was deeply honored to lend our voices to two major events commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

NYC 9/11 Commemoration, September 11th, 2011, nationally televised:

BYC performed in the city's annual observance of 9/11, marking this year's 10th anniversary. The National 9/11 Memorial was dedicated, and guests included President Barack Obama and Former President George W. Bush. It was an honor to have the voices of our children offer some solace on a day that remembers an event of extraordinary sorrow to our city, our nation and the world.

>Watch our performance of the National Anthem

More on this historic day of rememberance:

"When I went back inside, on the television screen was the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing the most beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner that I have ever heard. Ever." - Blog post on DailyKos.com

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"Also featured at today's ceremony were musical performances by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who played a Bach Cello Suite; James Taylor, who sung 'Close Your Eyes'; flutist Emi Ferguson, who played 'Amazing Grace'; and Paul Simon, who sang 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.' " - CBS News

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"Members of the honor guard unfurled the scarred American flag that flew at the Trade Center site on 9/11 as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus sang the national anthem." - DNAinfo.com

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"Sixty bagpipers and drummers led a processional at the beginning of the ceremony. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus sang "The Nation Anthem" and cellist Yo-Yo performed a Bach selection." - CNN.com

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"The 10th anniversary ceremony, the official opening of the National Sept. 11 Memorial, commenced with “The Star Spangled Banner,” performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. " - The Daily Beast

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FDNY 9/11 Memorial, September 10th, 2011:

BYC sang in the Fire Department of New York's memorial service at St. Patrick's Cathedral for the 343 FDNY families who lost loved ones on September 11th, 2001.

"A tribute to the city’s bravest who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center drew thousands from the five boroughs and beyond to Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday afternoon.  The ceremony honored the lives of 343 city firefighters and paramedics who lost their lives as they rushed into the towers to save their fellow New Yorkers." - Forest Hills Patch

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