KENNESAW, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Kennesaw State University’s Bailey School of Music is preparing a special concert on Saturday to remember 9/11. The orchestra director and performers shared how their emotional selections will honor the lives lost on that tragic day 20 years ago.

KSU’s Symphony Orchestra has spent hours preparing for their “Sept. 11th: 20th Year Memorial Concert.” “This will be the first concert in two years that the Symphony Orchestra has performed as a unit,” said Dr. Nathaniel Parker, the director of Orchestral Studies at the BSOM. “I wanted to put together the idea of mourning and expressing our emotions,” he said.

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They’ll join other groups from the BSOM, including the KSU Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Samuel Miller and the Wind Ensemble Brass & Percussion conducted by Dr. David Kehler. They plan to deliver the performance of a lifetime for the audience COVID kept away. “We’re going to start with a funeral march by Beethoven to mourn the dead,” Parker said, regarding the orchestral selections. “Our second piece is going to be Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings,’ which many people might recognize from ‘Platoon,’ and then, we’re going to play Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Finale’ from his ‘Passionate Symphony.’”

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The solemn selections hold special meaning for performers like KSU student and cellist Garrett Clay. “It stirs up such a wide variety of emotions, like it starts with deep and solemn stuff, and then as it carries on, there’s just emotional outcries,” he said. “In the last piece, we’re gonna perform ‘Amazing Grace’ with my wonderful colleague Helen Kim,” Parker said, referencing a KSU professor and internationally-acclaimed violinist. “This particular concert kind of involves a lot of feelings, because we’ve been a part for so long,” Kim said. “A lot of the students on stage did not experience 9/11 because they were so young, but they experienced something similar of the pain and the suffering everyone has gone through with COVID. I think this is the most united we’ve all been,” she said.

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The concert is a musical reunion delivering messages of hope and redemption. It starts at 8 p.m. in KSU’s Morgan Concert Hall on September 11, 2021. For more information, click here.