A Concert for New York
About the Program

UPDATE: Due to the presidential address, the broadcast time of the concert on 9/11 has been changed to 9:30 p.m.

In remembrance and renewal, THIRTEEN’S Great Performances will broadcast A Concert for New York , performed by the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 , led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, taped the previous night at a free concert in Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection — featuring soprano Dorothea Röschmann mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists — will air Sunday, September 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). The concert will also be broadcast internationally that same day.

Great Performances is a presentation of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local arts programming to the New York community.

“Mahler‘s Second Symphony, Resurrection, powerfully and profoundly explores the range of emotions provoked by the memories of 9/11,” said Gilbert. “This great masterpiece has a very special place in the history and psyche of the New York Philharmonic, but its message of renewal and rebirth is universal. We offer it as a tribute to those lost ten years ago.”

Composed between 1888 and 1894, Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, is an all- encompassing work, complete with a triumphant final movement for voices and orchestra in the tradition of Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 9.

The idea for the finale of the Resurrection Symphony came to Mahler in a flash of inspiration while he was attending the memorial service of Hans von Bülow, his benefactor and predecessor as conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic. The composer was just then struggling to find a text suitable to his lofty intensions. As he described it: “The mood in which I sat there and thought of the departed one was exactly that of the work which, at the time, occupied me constantly; at that moment the chorus near the organ intoned the Klopstock chorale, ‘Aufersteh’n! [Arise!]‘ It struck me like a thunderbolt and everything stood clear and vivid before my soul.”

Mahler‘s setting of the 18th-century German poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock‘s ode builds in majesty and intensity, as the Resurrection is depicted in a paean of triumph. The Philharmonic gave the work‘s U.S. premiere in December 1908, when the composer led the New York Symphony (which merged with the New York Philharmonic in 1928 to form today‘s New York Philharmonic), and has now performed the work a total of 28 times.

Music Director Alan Gilbert, the Yoko Nagae Ceschina Chair, began his tenure at the New York Philharmonic in September 2009. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he ushered in what The New York Times called “an adventurous new era” at the Philharmonic. In the 2010-11 season Mr. Gilbert led the Orchestra on two tours of European music capitals; two performances at Carnegie Hall, including the venue‘s 120th Anniversary Concert, which was broadcast on Great Performances; and conducted the acclaimed staged presentation of Janaček‘s The Cunning Little Vixen.

Born in Flensburg, Germany, soprano Dorothea Röschmann made her critically acclaimed debut at the 1995 Salzburg Festival as Susanna in Mozart‘s The Marriage of Figaro. At The Metropolitan Opera she has sung the Mozartean roles of Susanna, Pamina (The Magic Flute), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Ilia (Idomeneo) with James Levine.

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung has performed with the New York, Los Angeles, and Vienna philharmonic orchestras; She has also appeared at many of the world‘s finest opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, and has given numerous recitals worldwide.

New York Choral Artists, a professional chorus founded and directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, has been heard with the New York Philharmonic in recent seasons performing repertoire ranging from Michael Tippett‘s A Child of Our Time to Mozart‘s Requiem.

A Concert for New York is directed by Michael Beyer. For Great Performances, John Walker and Cara Cosentino are producers; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

Credit Suisse is the Global Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic. Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the Irene Diamond Fund, Vivian Milstein, LuEsther T. Mertz, the Starr Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Joseph A. Wilson, public television viewers, and PBS.

  • LeRoy Augustine

    Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection is, indeed, a most appropriate choice for such an occasion. I will be viewing the performance.

  • Paul Kamen

    I completely aree with Mr. Augustine. This towering achievement of human genius, and the power of great art, is the most appropriate response to the madness of the perpetrators of 9/11, and to all who would try to destroy the human spirit.

  • John Plunkett

    One of the most astonishing pieces of music ever written! I’ve loved it as one of my top favourites ever since I first heard it in 1972. My wife and I visited NYC and Ground Zero for the first time on July 4th this year. Wouldn’t miss this concert for the world. It fits in so well for this solemn occasion. My recommendations: Close your curtains, switch your PC and phones off, your TV on, volume up and listen. If you can find an English translation of the inspiring German words, so much the better. I won’t say “Enjoy” as that word doesn’t fit the occasion. I’ll just say, “Sit back, listen, and prepare to be greatly inspired.”

  • Ross Lemon

    Mahler 2 is all about Life Death and Resurrection. Remembering those tragic events we are to not only remember the people who died on that day, we are to rejoice to what this great country can do in such terrible times. I will very much remember what happened on that day, the day of Life, Death and Renewal.

  • N

    I was at the concert yesterday and it was very moving. As a survivor of 9/11, I greatly appreciated them allowing the survivors, first responders and families the opportunity to get tickets early. Everyone else had to get on line – the line began forming at 7 AM for a 4 PM distribution of tickets. They set up outside in the plaza so others could watch it on a large screen. It was a very beautiful evening all around for everyone.

  • Ab Pilgram

    Very much impressed by the pictures of remembering 9/11, a day I was working as a political journalist in dutch parliament. The normal political work stopped immediately that day and from then on we tryed to understand what was happening in this world! I still feel a lot of emotions on this subject! And now, 10 years later…as a father I am very proud that my emigrated son Michael worked as an editor on this beautiful Mahler concert!

  • Barbara Lifton

    Was at Avery Fisher Hall last night. After a lifetime of concert and opera attendance, I can say without hestitation that the performance of the Mahler symphony by the Phil was one of the greatest I have seen and heard in 60 years.
    Overwhelming for survivors like me. The packed auditorium went willd at the end.
    Thanks for broadcasting the concert tonight so my family can see it.

  • Ron Barnell

    During the weekend of the Kennedy assasination in November of 1963, the New York Philharmonic
    performed the Mahler 2nd Symphony under the direction of then Music Director, Leonard Bernstein. This moving musical tribute to the Nation’s fallen leader was broadcast live over the CBS Broadcasting network.

    The New York Philharmonic continues that legacy with this PBS broadcast performance of the Mahler 2nd Symphony to honor the 9-11 tragedy.

  • Candacey

    Definitely the right piece for today.

  • Ann

    Very lovely concert… Mahler No. 2 was very appropriate and so gorgeous. One thing: please inform the audience of proper concert etiquette before taping it and broadcasting it. Applauding is not allowed between movements, and it distracted from the performance.

  • Ian

    What the hell happened, the symphony was in the middle of the finale and PBS just went and completely cut it off at 11:00 PM. That’s frickin’ ridiculous!

  • Greg Sutton

    Unfortunately Houston PBS cut off the end of the concert to show East Enders. What a shame.

  • Liz Heron

    I was dismayed and shocked that during the most moving finale of Mahler’s second, on the evening of the memorial to 9/11 the concert was cut short by PBS. This was a disaster and terribly insensitive to the hearts and souls who listened rapt in the music and experiencing relief from the horror of that day.

  • Mary Ann

    I agree! Please rebrodcast the complete show. We were shocked that it was cut off. Was it just on our Detroit pbs station?

  • Nigel

    I write in protest at the decision to cut off the performance of Mahler’s 2nd five minutes before the end. How very disappointing.

  • Richard Nessen

    An unbelievable error in judgement. Cutting off the Mahler symphony before the end was more than a disappointment. It was against everything you claim to espouse. Insensitive and disheartening.

  • Michelle

    My husband and I watched the moving performance of Mahler’s 2nd from Canada on WTVS Detroit, and were disgusted and dismayed that the network cut off the performance in the middle of the closing soprano solo when the allotted broadcast time was over. We felt it was an insult to Gustav Mahler’s symphony, to the NYPhil, and to the city of New York to interrupt the closing message of hope and transcendence with a series of tawdry commencial endorsements. For shame!

  • Fabian

    I just found a telecast made by NY Phil on Youtube:

  • Randall

    you cut away in the middle of the finale???
    I would expect this from Fox but not PBS!

  • Elita Salustro

    How could you! The ending chorus is by far the most beautiful piece of music ever written and you stop the performance at its most perfect. How could you be so disrespectful and insensitive!

  • leon

    Please rebroadcast this- it was the most amazingly beautiful thing i have ever heard and moved me immensely more than any other event this weekend. Here in NYC we heard the finale which literally burst me into tears because of the conductor’s intensity and beauty in his conducting. And I am so sorry- I commiserate with my fellow Americans who did not get to see and hear this because they were cut off??? So please don’t blame NYC because PBS here in NYC stayed on with it. Please rebroadcast this.

  • Megan

    My husband and I just finished watching the broadcast on OETA in Oklahoma City, and they did the same thing. We were shocked that the broadcast would be cut off at the climax of the finale to tell us when the next Antiques Roadshow was going to air. Really???? They at least finished the broadcast after about 5 or 6 minutes of PBS commercials, but still, the glorious finale was ruined! Very disappointing.

  • David Wachter

    KUAT-TV in Tucson also cut off the end of the performance.

    This lack of professionalism in broadcasting is appalling.

  • Steve K.

    When I saw that the concert was running late I was hoping it would not be cut short on the hour: fortunately for us in Connecticut CPTV ran the whole performance. Very moving performance and appropriate for the day and the memory of those lost ten years ago. Sorry listeners in Texas were unable to hear the final notes.

  • Chris Blackmer

    PBS – you are a bunch of morons. First thing I’ve actually watched on PBS in years, and you screw it up!

  • Liz Heron

    Is it possible that PBS decided it was alright to cut the concert short outside the confines of NYC because they assumed the rest of us would be unable to appreciate Mahler?

  • Brian

    Blame your local station, not PBS. We here in Atlanta got to see the glorious finish!

  • Anthony Reese

    I was watching on WNED out of Buffalo, NY. Yes, the goddamn ending was cut off! What an unbelievable shame! Shame on you PBS! I waited all day for this!

  • Vivienne Gilroy

    My TV schedule said only, “Great Performances” for 9-11-2011. When I began to listen I was held, riveted, by the performances of everyone: orchestra, condurctor, chorus, soloists. I am not particularly knowledgable about symphonic music but I knew enough to think this is an extraordinary and different composition and I guessed it must be Mahler. And I think the TV director who chose the shots of the various musicians was so very correct in letting us see the particular attention and intensity of the players as they followed their conductor throughout this extraordinary piece. My viewing (Ch. 13, Newark, New York) went the full length of the performance, down to the final bows, kisses, and wild applause. It was surely a magnificent experience for all of us who watched it. In a word: rapture!

  • James Long

    When PBS cut off (NOT AWAY – it was a tape of a performance on Saturday) I was appalled. I have been a practicing musician for over 45 years and have never been subjected to such an utter lack of artisitic conscience. This is their tribute to the victims and heros of 911 which they so proudly promoted? I guess in a way, however, it was appropriate. Since so many lives were cut short on 911, why not cut short the final climactic moments of this profound testament to the indominable human spirit and radiant hope? What morons. Refugees from “Heidi Bowl” I can only assume. There goes the pledge!

  • Bruce L. Robertson

    Dear Mr. Plunkett,

    If you can find the EMI recording of the Mahler 2nd (Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus/Otto Klemperer, conductor) the booklet in the compact disc contains the German text and an English translation. The translation, made in 1087, is by William Mann. BLR

  • George Raff

    Our PBS channel in Dallas, KERA, presented the entire performance of the Mahler 2nd. It was glorious and particularly fitting for this day.
    Prior to reading the messages from people whose PBS affiliates truncated the performance, I was going to state my displeasure concerning the fact that there is absolutely no indication of the orchestra, the composer, the conductor or the soloists once the performance begins. Had one missed the the first few minutes of the beginning (as I in fact did) one is on his own to identify what is being shown. However, imagining having the broadcast cut off at the finale, I mute my voice of criticism. Thank you KERA.

  • Christa

    Thank you PBS for not cutting the performance short in this area.
    Enjoyed it all.

  • Kathryn DerMarderosian

    I was stunned by the interruption of NY Philharmonic’s memorial concert of the Mahler 2nd at a most poignant moment. Surely you have not misread your audience to the point of thinking that showing an incomplete concert, particularly one of such import, could be acceptable. Please don’t let something like this happen again.

    An avid and loyal supporter of public television.

  • G.W. Goodge

    Dear PBS: Thank you for airing this and other Great Performances, unfortunately like many others our local station in the Knoxville TN area cut out most of the finale with a 4 minute add for “Prohibition” between 22:56 and 23:00. What a huge injustice, particularly since WNET or whoever is responsible will not even offer DVD’s of the performances after the fact.

    Please pass this on to your relevant affiliates!



  • Mark Freckleton

    I feel badly for all you who missed the ending. We here in Utah got the whole thing right up to the triumphant and stirring final notes. I cannot believe that there are TV engineers out there that are so clueless that they would cut things off before the end – it denies the purpose and feeling of the whole event. Not only is Mahler’s 2nd Symphony one of the most profound works of music ever composed, but the cause and event that spurred this concert should be sacred to any American, to say nothing of the rest of the world.

    Somehow being able to watch it up close, watching the individual musicians and conductor, moved me greatly. I have never been able to hear the final chorus without cold chills, and this evening the hairs on the back of my neck were up, too.

  • Gerald Fleenor

    Roanoke Virginia station showed the complete performance Thank you! It was one of the greatest performances I have seen on PBS.

  • James Long

    Now I see that the problem was not PBS, but rather our local public television station, WPBT in Miami FL. They will hear from me tomorrow along with a print-out of these most appropriate “responses.” Thanks to utube, I was able to pull up several memorable conclusions – Rattle, Abado, Bernstein. However……….

  • Carey

    I feel sorry for Anthony Reese “who waited all day” in a most civilized way only to have his program interrupted resulting in a most egregious, uncivilzed response.

    You might move to Iowa to avoid such stress, Mr. Reese. Iowa Public Television broadcast the entire symphony in fine form…but then, here in the heartland, we don’t swear at the good folks at IPTV….even when they do something we don’t like.

    Anger just doesn’t seem to fit with the inspiring music or the reflective tone of this day.

  • Bruce Hyman

    Shame on PBS !!!! Cutting off the last 4 minutes of Mahler’s 2nd will earn PBS no allegiance from me!!!

  • SallyO

    Magnificent tribute. I feel fortunate to be in Colorado. Having just sung the work (chorus) at Aspen Music Festival, can appreciate this extraordinarily beautiful concert on the occasion of 9/11. Glorious music, the incredible finale, the faces of New Yorkers in the audience who remember all too well, the orchestra, the chorus,– it was almost too sad and too beautiful to bear. Thanks to PBS–I am so sorry some local stations ruined it for listeners.

  • Sylvia H.

    Glorious, inspiring, uplifting, thank you for a most fitting end to this day.

  • craig b leman

    First chance I ever had to hear this storied epic. Thank you. I hope that National PBS will arrange a rebroadcast of the entire work with advance notification of your branches in each area so that each station can find a slot big enolugvh to contain the whole piece without amputation!!!.

  • Jackie

    Please, re-broadcast!!

  • Alex

    Indeed, a moving performance of Mahler’s 2nd symphony and a fitting tribute on this day of commemoration.
    I have watched the whole performance, including the magnificent finale, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on KCTS9 broadcasting from Seattle. Thank you PBS.

  • Dan J

    Oregon Public Broadcasting provided the performance in its entirety. What better way to honor 9/11 than Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. It is indeed a window into the soul and amidst the pain and sorrow offers genuine hopefulness. Thank You New York Philharmonic and thanks to those who made this concert a reality. I would hope those stations who inexcusibly cut the presentation short would replay it very soon – with appropriate acknowledgement of really lousy judgement.

  • Eric

    Applause between movements is something that was happening during Mahler’s time and even as recently as the late 60’s. I have heard Mahler’s Song of the Earth conducted by Bernstein in NY with applause. If people like it they should applaud.

  • Eric

    Shame on PBS Hawaii for cutting off the end of the Mahler 2nd. It’s not like the affiliates didn’t know that the program ran long. After all we probably were the last in the U.S. to have the program aired!

  • Nancy R

    I’m appalled that the concert was cut short by PBS in some locations. Fortunately my channel in Vermont did not do that. I was entranced by the words of the solos and chorus, (on subtitles) as well as the music, and the amazing conductor. Nothing else could have been so appropriate for the occasion of remembrance, as well as so exquisite.

  • E. Ruth Green, PH.D.

    I, too, checked this site to find the particulars of this glorious, wonderful production of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. When I read that families of lost ones and first responders were given precedence for tickets it moved me again to see the goodness of people. Thank you Director Gilbert, NY Philharmonic Orchestra, soloists and choir. This was the most powerfully moving and reverent acknowledgement and tribute to all people and our country ! How lucky that we, all over the country, had the chance to experience this moving beauty together; we all soared to higher reaches.
    Thank you PBS and all sponsors.

  • Cameron Tilson

    I am utterly disgusted that the final 4 minutes of a very poignant concert were cut off. Shame, shame on PBS!

  • Cathy

    I am so upset at PBS Houston for cutting off how ever many minutes of beautiful, classic music it did for snarky British telly. Even if the concert weren’t for a 9-11 remembrance, the music should have taken priority over commercials and whatever show came on instead of the end of the Great Performance. Kudos to the NY Phil for this concert, though!

  • Rose

    Thank you PBS in Madison, WI for broadcasting the entire program! Maybe PBS felt that there was not significant viewership to warrant going over into another program’s time slot, or were contractually obligated to play commercials and other announcements. I don’t think this reflects poorly on PBS as a whole, since they are showing themselves to be very culturally-minded by broadcasting the program in the first place. It’s a shame, and I suggest that anyone whose concert was cut off write a letter to their local PBS station, and then watch the online broadcast of the program.

  • Ed Beach

    OETA in Oklahoma also cut out 4 of the final minutes of this wonderful moving concert. It was jarring and shocking to me as a viewer. I called the station and they apologized and promised to send me a free disc of the whole concert. I hope they follow through. Their excuse was that PBS failed to notIfy them that the program would run longer. I fail to understand why some station’s engineers failed to see what had happened. Still, I hope they rebroadcast this extraordinary 9/11 anniversary concert in its entirety.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Ed -

    The full broadcast version of the concert is now online, so you can catch the parts that got cut off. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/a-concert-for-new-york/watch-the-fully-edited-broadcast-program-with-tom-brokaw/1182/

    Thank you for watching Great Performances.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Cathy -

    The full broadcast version of the concert is now online, so you can catch the parts that got cut off from your local station’s broadcast. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/a-concert-for-new-york/watch-the-fully-edited-broadcast-program-with-tom-brokaw/1182/

    Thank you for watching Great Performances.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Cameron -

    The full broadcast version of the concert is now online, so you can catch the parts that got cut off from your local station’s broadcast. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/a-concert-for-new-york/watch-the-fully-edited-broadcast-program-with-tom-brokaw/1182/

    Thank you for watching Great Performances.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Eric -

    The full broadcast version of the concert is now online, so you can catch the parts that got cut off from your local station’s broadcast. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/a-concert-for-new-york/watch-the-fully-edited-broadcast-program-with-tom-brokaw/1182/

    Thank you for watching Great Performances.

  • Joan Friborg

    Thank you for your gracious response. Mistakes happen. And thank you for scheduling a rebroadcast for Sept. 19. I fervently hope MPBN will air it.

  • Robert

    Thank you KOCE of Orange County California for giving us the complete program – it was truly a Great Performance (although I must admit KOCE did also detract from the mood about halfway through the final movement by twice displaying a large colorful animated banner that advertised the next scheduled program – this was rather in poor taste). It seems to me that the real problem concerning cutting off the finale lies with program scheduling. Anyone familiar with Mahler 2 knows that a performance takes at least 80 minutes and can exceed an hour and a half, yet the entire performance plus commentary, etc was only given a 90 minute time slot. Poor planning up front. Yet I must praise PBS – no other network would even begin to consider giving us this program. So in spite of the problems, a very big THANK YOU to PBS!

  • Jane

    I waited all day for this concert and was looking forward to it. Wow, you have got to be kidding. To cut off this magnificent work was unbelievably distressing. I just talked to our local PBS station and found that the program was on automatic for many states, and being that the program went overtime, there was no way to change it. Well, I think for this important concert someone needed to be at the switch to prevent this from happening. The word is that our local station will air it again. That is a good thing, but my God, what a disaster. My thanks to Fabian who gave the information about the program being telecast on youtube.

  • Priscilla Smith

    We were upset and greatly disappointed that the magnificent New York Philharmonic’s gift to the City of New York on 9/11 was significantly truncated by National Public Broadcasting or by Maine Public Broadcasting Network. After advertising nationally and specifically that “Great Performances” began at 9pm, it started at 9:30pm. That meant that the program was completely cut off at 11pm just as the orchestra was approaching the sublime setting of the resurrection poem with its “achingly appropriate” (NY Times) music of intensely moving contrasts of suffering and immortal peace. How could MPBN destroy this most appropriate conclusion to the impressive memorial weekend! We feel cheated.

  • Tina Coffin

    An incredibly beautiful performance. I hope it will be available on DVD sometime in the near future


    Thank you PBS? What happened was like finally getting to make love to the woman of your dreams, and just before you — well, you know — she gets up and leaves the dwelling!

  • Joseph Chevalier

    How could you?! Please advise when it will be re-broadcast in full in Chicago and when DVD’s become available. This was an unbelievable production, music- and film-wise. Everyone should get the uncut version. The PBS web-version does not do it justice.

  • D. G.

    Never saw the last five minutes — both PBS stations here in Southern Illinois cut to other programming! When will this re-air?

  • Cyrus Bryant

    When the broadcast started I has just finished playing (as violist) Mahler’s second with the Vermont Mahler
    Festival Orchestra and Chorus – a profoundly emotional experience. Unfortunately, my care to record
    the New York Philharmonic’s masterful performance with Alan Gilbert and my long time friend Joseph
    Flummerfeld, was cruelly terminated early in the wonderful Finale. I will steal, pilfer, borrow, or buy to have
    a copy of this broadcast. What to do?

  • RJK

    Wow, I did not realize how widespread the problem with Sunday’s broadcast was. I live in Chicago and was appalled that WTTW cut off the last few minutes of the concert and complained bitterly to the local station. In some ways I feel worse, as this shows most of the PBS system to be incompetent and not just my local station.

    There is really no excuse for this and PBS owes everyone a public apology.

  • Jim Weaver

    I was appalled that WNED Buffalo cut the last part of Mahler #2. As a loyal subscriber, I am going to rethink my contributions in future, Whomever made that decision to rebroadcast a NOVA and cutoff viewers eho had been watching for an hour does not have his/her priorities straight.

  • norma sweeney

    I live in Chicago and am a regular contributor of WTTW, Channel 11, one of our PBS channels. I was shocked when Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony was cut off Sept 11th. I have no words to describe what an insult this was to the listener besides being irreverent.
    Fortunately, I accidentally “caught” the rerun this Friday which took the listeners to the magnificent conclusion. I didn’t hear an apology but may have missed it.
    Thank you WTTW. I will continue my support.

  • Albert

    It is left to individual PBS stations whether or not to broadcast a given program, and at what time. In our case (Atlanta) that did broadcast the whole program – a welcome relief, since our local PBS stations often broadcast “Antiques Roadshow” at the time that the network shows “Live from Lincoln Center”. Does anyone know if the concert will be released on DVD?

  • Vince Burke

    I came to NYC to visit my daughter while on my way to Manila for a 2 week visit overseas. I was priviliged to be in the city for the first time during the weekend of 9/11/11. What a meaningful experience to honor the fallen and to contemplate the sad realities of life in a world such as ours. My daughter suggested we try to get into the concert. We rode bikes all over from Brooklyn to Manhatten. I fell accidently and scraped my arm, but we decided to attempt attendance at the concert even though wounded. We were behind hundreds of people when it was announced that the auditorium was filled and no more tickets would be handed out. We were fine with that and were glad to sit in the overflow on the plaza. We saved our seats, went to get some food and eagerly waited for the performance. While we waited we were amused to watch the woman in front of us scold here husband for not staying in line with her at the cancelation table. We didn’t realize that tickets from people who canceled or were no shows were being reissued just before the show. When the 10 minute clock began to wind down I told my daughter to see if she could find the cancelation table and see what might transpire. I sat in our seats while she walked into the buiding. She came running out seconds later and I knew she had obtained tickets. We scooped up our belongings and rushed into the building, followed by the icy gaze of the woman who had been scolding her husband. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we sat down 4 rows from the front in the center of the auditorium. The concert was spectacular and we were doubly blest to have been able to attend so close, inside and at such a late entry. Kudos to NYC

  • Karin Hazelhoff

    Tuned in to Hawaii PBS shortly after the concert began, was entranced, not knowing but imagined it might have been Mahler except that it had such light musical places that it confused me. But PBS never shows the names of the piece, the conductor, nor the soloists at the END of the performances. ( which, unlike other stations, was played until the very end including the names of the entire orchestra whizzing by)

    For those who either forget and tune in late, or happen to stop and watch after the start of a performance… opera, concert, whatever, it’s the same problem for all… please let us less knowledgeable viewers know what it is we have been enjoying??? I had to go online to discover what will now become a favorite.

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