CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – On Oct. 8-9, a group of exceptionally talented UNI School of Music students visited New York City for two unique performances. The UNI Horn Choir, under the direction of faculty artist Yu-Ting (Tina) Su, performed at the 9/11 Memorial and at The High Line in New York City.
“We chose music in honor and remembrance of the heroes of our country,” said Su. “The repertoire included Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Amazing Grace.”
“Having the group visit the 9/11 Museum before the performance made a huge difference since most of the students were really young when the attack happened,” Su continued. “The students had a much better understanding of the magnitude of the attack after actually being at the location where the buildings stood. As a result, the performance at the 9/11 Memorial was more emotional and meaningful for the listeners and the performers.”
Student musician Dan Charette, a freshman music education major from Tipton, commented on the importance of the trip and how being in New York changed the music that the group performed. “The performance was more personal after going to the 9/11 Museum,” Dan said, “It gave more meaning to the music.”
The High Line Park is built on a historic rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s west side. Playing at the amphitheater above 10th Avenue was a unique and intimate experience for the UNI Horn Choir. Unlike the usual concert venue setting, the traffic noises and the sirens were present during the performance, but the audience, which included both people who live nearby and visitors from all over the world, still showed a great interest in the performance.
The Horn Choir will be performing a concert on Tuesday, November 10 in Davis Hall (Gallagher Bluedorn) at 8 p.m. There will also be a video and photo presentation about the New York trip by Jason Vizzini, a senior at UNI, majoring in communication studies. In addition to the repertoire from the trip, the UNI Horn Choir will perform three other pieces with community horn players.
For more information on the tour to New York or the UNI School of Music, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator at 319-273-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.