South Carolina Philharmonic


August 10, 2011

Philharmonic plays Finlay Park Sept. 11th

The South Carolina Philharmonic takes to the stage in Finlay Park Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. for the Midlands’ 9/11 Remembrance Concert.

The free, public concert marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, remembering the fallen from that day and honoring the first responders who keep Midlands communities safe today. All personnel from first-response agencies across the Midlands are invited as honored guests. The agencies are encouraged to bring a response vehicle to display in the park to represent their agency.

SCP Music Director Morihiko Nakahara is presenting a program of works such as Barber’s Adagio for Strings to allow reflection on the national tragedy. Stirring patriotic favorites like “God Bless America” also to be featured, as well.
Free parking for attendees is located in the Taylor Street Garage at the corner of Taylor and Assembly streets. Picnics, lawn chairs and blankets are all encouraged, but alcohol and glass bottles are prohibited in Finlay Park.

The City of Columbia is partnering to donate and coordinate park services, and the Celebrate Freedom Foundation will display vintage military aircraft and vehicles. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and SCE&G are sponsoring the concert, and media sponsors of the event are ClearChannel, the Free Times, The State Media Company and WIS-TV.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced the concert from stage at the SCP’s Masterworks concert April 30th. He and mayors from across the region are expected to be in attendance.

The 9/11 Remembrance Concert comes just hours after the 3 p.m. dedication of the First Responders Remembrance Memorial at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (1101 Lincoln Street). The memorial features two steel beams taken from the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Attendees are encouraged to stick around downtown and enjoy Columbia’s many fine shops and restaurants before the Finlay Park concert.


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
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