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UT Arlington music student pays tribute to 9/11 with special concert

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

ARLINGTON – 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.

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Jesus J. Martinez

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. 

Admission is free.

Martinez 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.

“I 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.”

ACES 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.

Ten 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.

He said concert patrons will experience the history of 9/11 through abstract rhythms, concertgoers will be able to hear history in a unique way.

“There 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.”

Former 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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