A number of 9-11 observances are taking place in southwest Florida on Sunday, September 11th. One is at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, where internationally-acclaimed Matlacha artist Leoma Lovegrove will be completing a billboard size canvas in a Paint Out Loud ceremony designed to honor the memories of the victims and first responders who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Since July 1, members of the community have been painting the names of those who died in the attacks on the canvas at various venues throughout southwest Florida. Those names will now form the base for an American eagle that Lovegrove will engraft on the canvas at the Broadway Palm during a free event that starts at 11:30 a.m.
The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra is also honoring the memories of those who died during the attacks with Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks. This concert will also take place at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Sunday, September 11. However, the concert will beginat 4 p.m. (not the usual 8 p.m. start time for orchestra concerts).
The orchestra will be led by James Cochran and joined by the Philharmonic Center Chorale and Youth Chorale as well as the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, led by Jeff Faux. Soprano Michele Byrd, mezzo-soprano Leah Summers, tenor Robert Beane and Douglas Renfroe, bass, will also be featured.
The program features Mozart’s brilliant and haunting final composition, Requiem, and such patriotic favorites as America the Beautiful, Salute to the Armed Forces and My Country ’Tis of Thee. The Philharmonic Youth Chorale will be featured on We Will Stand as Strong Tall Towers, written and dedicated to the memory of the attacks.
Tickets to In Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks, start at $30 for adults and $15 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact Customer Service at (239) 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit ThePhil.org.
The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. in Naples. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.