Remembering 9/11 through new music

Friday, May 17, 2013

On June 20, 2013 family members from Tuesday’s Children, an organization committed to providing long-term support and services for the children of 9/11, will travel to Putney for Yellow Barn’s Young Artist Program, participating with its musicians (composers and performers ages 13-20) in the process of creating new music that memorializes and brings unique perspective to the events of 9/11. YAP composers Christopher Theofanidis, Stephen Coxe, and Steven Mackey will guide a collaborative composition along with YAP performance faculty, often drawing on personal experience with writing and performing commemorative pieces, including Christopher Theofanidis's opera Heart of a Soldier, which was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

During their week in Putney each of the six Tuesday's Children participants will collaborate with a YAP composer and ensemble, resulting in six short bagatelles that together form a commemorative piece, which will receive its premiere performances on June 27 and 28. The Tuesday's Children participants also will be working independently and as a group on memory projects based on their own interests (art, theater, photography, and writing) under the guidance of mentors from those fields who will be joining the YAP community on campus at the Greenwood School. Clifford Chanin, Director of Education at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, will provide additional insight and lead a discussion with everyone involved with the project.

In addition to performances of the new work, audiences will have the opportunity to view the participant's independent projects and on June 26 participate in a public conversation with Clifford Chanin about the events of 9/11, memory, and memorialization.

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Tuesday's children participants

Kelly Butler
Montana Cortez
Aidan Fontana
Robert Pycior
Juliette Scauso
Richard Wang


Edie Bresler, photography
Michelle Burgess, art
Michael Fleming, poetry
Bill Kelly, art
Bonnie Mennell, art
Barbara Whitneytheater