South Carolina Philharmonic


May 02, 2011

Benjamin, SCP announce 9/11 concert at Finlay Park

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Saturday night that the South Carolina Philharmonic is organizing a Finlay Park concert Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Mayor Benjamin could not know that just more than 24 hours after his announcement, President Barack Obama would announce to the world the death of Osama bin Laden. The concert takes on new meaning as Columbia remembers the 9/11 attacks’ victims for the first time knowing the fate of the attacks’ perpetrator.

The SCP will partner with the Benedict College Gospel Choir for vocal accompaniment. The City of Columbia is partnering to donate and coordinate park services.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara is to present a program of works designed to both allow reflection on the national tragedy of almost 10 years ago and honor those lost, such as Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Stirring patriotic music is also to be featured.

Benjamin made the remarks from stage at the SCP’s season-finale concert as the orchestra celebrated “City of Columbia Night.” The concert was dedicated to the city in recognition of its continuous support of the orchestra and the community’s arts organizations.

“The South Carolina Philharmonic is a pillar of our arts community here in Columbia and across the state,” Mayor Steve Benjamin said. “They have always been and continue to be an integral part of our city and we are so proud they could join us in celebrating Columbia's 225 years of rich history and culture.”

Correction: 15 July 2011. A previous version of this story stated incorrectly that there would be a flyover by military aircraft. The SCP apologizes for the error.


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
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