Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Berklee College of Music showcases community's talents for the tenth anniversary of 9/11
On Sunday night, members of the Berklee College of Music community offered unity and inspiration using songs, compositions, poetry and dance. The event took place at the Berklee Performance Center and featured many different types of music, some of it written specifically for the show. "This is a 9/11 concert that Berklee is putting on to commemorate that day ten years ago," explains Producer Alexander Arntzen. "It's going to be a very eclectic concert. It's going to have electronic music, gospel, pop, jazz, slam poetry, acapella choir - it's going to have a lot of different musical styles that Berklee College of Music is very, very well-known for doing. And at the end of the concert there should just be a really great sense of catharsis…
Monday, September 12, 2011
Many different religious groups gathered for the first time to remember those who were lost.
Thirteen different faith groups came together for the first time Sunday morning for a joint service in Copley Square to remember those who died in 9/11.
If our elected leaders could act as selflessly as those first-responders did on 9/11, we'd have a different country today.
September 11, 2011, 8:25 AM. I walked my two dogs as usual this morning. It was quiet. Eerily quiet. The sky was clear and blue. Not a cloud to be seen. So similar to that day 10 years ago, it was surreal. My thoughts quickly turned to reflection. Thinking back to that horrific day and all the lives that were lost. Everyday people like those who worked in the towers. And all the first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice. I continued to think of those first responders. Rushing to the scene, ascending the towers, never knowing the doom that awaited them. Just doing their job -- simply because that was there job. No if, ands, or buts. That which happened that day -- the horror, the courage, the sacrifice, the humanity -- we vowed …
Hundreds gathered on the Hatch Shell to reflect on the 10 years gone by since 9/11.
Hundreds of people of all races and religions turned out on the Charles River Esplanade Hatch Shell Sunday for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. During a concert and ceremony, Massachusetts Remembers paid tribute to those lost on that fateful day, as well as to the men and women in uniform. The ceremony included readings, poems, and prayers. Speakers included Gov. Deval Patrick, media personality Liz Walker, and Susan Retik, co-founder of "Beyond the 11th."
Speakers, soldiers, family members of victims, politicians and more spoke about that tragic day 10 years ago.
Hundreds attended the free Memorial Concert and Ceremony, honoring the men and women that have and are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The two-hour tribute, from 3 - 5 p.m., included readings, poems and prayers, with music by the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble and Boston Children's Chorus. The Oval opened at noon, and a range of nonprofits were be on hand to enlist volunteers in the community. Just after noon, organizers unrolled a giant mural of the American flag created by Massachusetts school children shortly after September 11th. Half the size of a football field, it contains more than 50,000 red, white and blue six-inch pieces of fabric, each with its own message of peace, hope and patriotism. It was also the final stop for riders in …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
A public wreath laying ceremony, hosted by the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, was held Sunday morning at the Public Garden's 9/11 Memorial site.
As the sun rose over Boston, a large crowd gathered in the Public Garden to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston Police, EMS, armed forces, and pilots were among those in the somber gathering. Three thousand small flags had been placed in the surrounding lawn the night prior to symbolize the lives that were lost 10 years ago. Bouquets, single flowers and small stones rested near the granite memorial as the ceremony began. Mayor Menino called for a moment of silence and then helped bring forward a large wreath of white roses. Before the moment of silence as well as after it, the crowd remained noiseless. The mayor stepped aside as he asked for any family and friends of the victims to come forward to …
A Flag Lowering Ceremony was held at the Boston State House Sunday morning, to commemorate the 10-year-anniversary of 9/11.
A look at some of those Bostonians affected by 9/11.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The terrible events of Sept. 11 are still fresh for many Bostonians. The above galleries highlights just a few of those affected by the attacks 10 years ago.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Jimmy Kachulis will also read a poem he wrote during the Berklee Memorial Concert Sunday night.
Jimmy Kachulis remembers sitting on a park bench in Manhattan, eating lunch as the World Trade Center was being built. It was the late 60's and early 70's, and he was a teenager working at a summer job. In 1986 the native New Yorker joined the staff at Berklee College of Music. When terrorists crashed into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2011, he had very different memories of the scene being shown on T.V. "I was really striking to see the same park benches and streets covered in dust," Kachulis said. "The most emotional thing was watching your hometown being bombed." The songwriting professor will be one of about 100 performers from the Berklee community who will share original stories, compositions, poetry, dance and stories during the …
By Berklee songwriting professor James A Kachulis.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Ashes Ashes All Fall Down C 2005 James A Kachulis Sudden thunder that sunny Tuesday morning Then the rockets’ red glare against the bright blue sky Planes burst into flames without even a warning And three thousand children of God got ready to die She was playing games in Battery Park Just before the sky turned dark Singing, “Ring around the Rosie Pocket full of posies Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down” Sweet sounds of innocence shattered in that tower of glass Workers stumbled down stairs, crashed out of doors Seconds ticked by, no time for questions to ask Lives lovingly lived would soon be no more With the thunder rumblin’ in You could barely hear her sing, “Ring around the Rosie Pocket full of posies Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down” She …