Art to the Rescue

Sept. 11 to be remembered in many ways across WNY

Tatana Kellner will debut her 600-foot banner documenting each of the victims of the World Trade Center on Wednesday in the CEPA Gallery.

Buck Quigley will perform at the Buffalo Song Project's Sept. 11 tribute in Nietzsche's.9/6/2002


W ith the barrage of Sept. 11 remembrances expected to fill TV screens and publications in the days ahead, the effect may have the opposite intended: a deadening of the horrible events of that day. All the more reason to consider going out to experience an arts event that puts the terrible tragedy into a more heartfelt focus.

Here are several events that will be taking place around Western New York:


Slee Sinfonietta: 9/11 Tribute. 8 p.m. Slee Concert Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus.

Elliot Carter's "Elegy," a lament that invites remembrance of Sept. 11, will be performed, along with Charles Ives' "Central Park in the Dark," Aaron Copland's "Quiet City" and Luciano Berio's "Folk Songs." See Page 36.


"Requiem for September 11th." Noon. Presented by CEPA Gallery. Market Arcade Complex, 617 Main St. 856-2717.No charge.

World premiere of a 600-foot public art banner by Tatana Kellner (designed for the Market Arcade) presented as 38 flowing white fabric banners culled from the New York Times' "Portrait of Grief," documenting with text and image each of the victims of the World Trade Center. There will be a public ceremony and reception with Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello and Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.

Buffalo Song Project Presents ". . . Last Night I had the Strongest Dream." 8 p.m. Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. 886-8539. Donation welcome.

A musical tribute will feature the talents of numerous Western New York performers, including Leigh Stoner, Manny Fried, John Allen, Michael Meldrum, Rose Bond, Buck Quigley, John Lombardo, Jim Iarocci, members of Redheaded Stepchild, Jason Blum, Joe McCarthy, Alex Lynne, Brian Lampkin, Susan Peters, Jeff Goldstein, Sarah Newberry, Rob Lynch, Celia White and Kristi Meal.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents "A Concert of Commemoration." 7 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. 885-5000.

With Paul Ferington conducting, the concert includes Brahms' "Tragic" Overture, Hindemith's "Trauermusik" for solo viola and strings, Morton Gould's arrangement of the spiritual "Steal Away, an excerpt from Mozart's Requiem, "Lacrymosa," Franck's Psalm 150, "O Praise Ye the Lord" and the Dutch hymn "We Gather Together." See Page 17.

Community Memorial Mural. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Town of Lewiston. 286-8200.

A continuous video screening of the HBO's "In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01." Plus an interactive mural space available to the public to commemorate the tragedy.

UB Anderson Gallery, Martha Jackson Place, 829-3754.

"9-11 cwk," an exhibition of new works on paper by Terri Katz Kasimov about the tragedy. There will be a reception for her from 5 to 7 p.m. Also, all-day screening of HBO's "In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01."

Day of Remembrance. 8:48 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Russell Park Gazebo, Main St., Akron. 542-4050.

There'll be a ringing of church bells for each of the four flights at the moments of their impact, plus laying of wreaths, prayers, lighting of candles, patriotic music by the Akron Marching Band, American Flags handed out by Girl and Boy Scout groups, procession of firefighters and police officers.

"Reconstruction: 9/11 Fine Art Exhibition." Opens Saturday and continues through Sept. 27. Impact Artists' Gallery, Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main St., Suite 545. 835-6817. No charge.

Multimedia exhibit featuring work by professional artists, firemen, policemen and medical personnel.


Celebrate America. 5 to 10 p.m. Southgate Plaza, Union Road at Seneca Street, West Seneca. 674-5050.

A candlelight vigil commemorating Sept. 11. Also: fireworks, patriotic music, food, kids' area, music by N.Y. Rockin' Revue and Terry Buchwalds' Elvis Show and more. No charge.

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