Third annual 9-11 interfaith commemoration planned

Arts & Faith St. Louis, a collaboration of St. Louis arts and faith leaders, has announced the third annual Sept. 11 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: An Appreciation of Religious Diversity. The event is free and open to the public and has drawn standing room only crowds every year.

Arts & Faith St. Louis aims to promote a more harmonious St. Louis by establishing an ongoing relationship between the arts and faith communities. The concert takes place at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.

“Through the common language of music, this event brings together the Arts and Faith Communities of St. Louis in their shared search for peace, understanding and respect in order to build a more harmonious St. Louis,” says Carolyn Losos, chair of  Arts & Faith.

The musical line-up features renowned Grammy-winning soprano Christine Brewer, Grammy-winning jazz pianist Peter Martin, St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen, and the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. In addition, musical representatives from Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, and Muslim faith groups will participate, including: AME Church Missouri Conference Choir, Cantor Seth Warner, Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Hindu Temple of St. Louis, Rising Generation Youth Chorus of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. Cecilia Parish Church Combined Spanish Choirs.

Sister Mary Jean Ryan, founder of SSM Health Care, will provide opening reflections.

The Pipe and Drums Corps and an honor guard from the St. Louis County Police Department will present the colors and Charles Glenn will sing the National Anthem.

 Primary sponsoring partners for the Interfaith Memorial in Music include Interfaith Partnership, the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and the Sheldon Arts Foundation.

Following the show, audience members will have the opportunity to affix ribbons with messages of understanding, respect and working for peace while recognizing and appreciating our religious diversity.

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