– Ten years ago, Jesus J. Martinez was like many other children in his South
Texas neighborhood, struggling to make sense of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks that killed nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children in New York,
Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Jesus J. Martinez
23, is now a senior music education major at The University of Texas at
Arlington where he is preparing to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 through music
and song. His “Threnody for 9/11 for Mixed Chamber Ensemble” will premiere at
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, 700
Greek Row Drive.
wrote the music and will conduct the piece, which will be performed by members
of the UTA Symphony Orchestra and the Arlington Boys and Girls Choir. It will
feature fellow music major Anne Marie Boeding as soprano soloist and narration
by Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science.
got the idea for the music while talking to a friend,” said Martinez, who also
is student teaching in the Mansfield school district. “I started putting it
together as part of my ACES 2011 project, which won a President’s Award.”
is The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students symposium, a
university-wide, daylong event that occurs in late March. It showcases the best
of UT Arlington’s students’ research and creativity.
performers were part of the spring ACES presentation. The UT Arlington concert will showcase more than 40
young people from across the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
said concert patrons will experience the history of 9/11 through abstract
rhythms, concertgoers will be able to hear history in a unique way.
are no visuals, but the music and choir will tell the story of the terrifying
emotions of 9/11,” Martinez said. “It is dark in the beginning but the light
shines through at the end.”
President George W. Bush is quoted in text that Saxe will read. Martinez said
he hopes that people will leave the performance filled with patriotic pride and
inspired by the resiliency of America.
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