Our hope is to establish an annual tradition of arts programs that provide an appreciation of the religious diversity of St. Louis, on the path for peace. Over time, our hope is that such events will begin to redefine what September 11th stands for.
*The arts have a unique power to inspire thoughtful discussion among diverse audiences, to bring people together, and to bridge divides through shared experiences.
*There are issues that would benefit from considered collaboration between the arts and the faith community.
*There is no other organized, ongoing activity elsewhere in our community with this focus.
*This process of collaboration will build on the St. Louis community's traditions of strong interfaith and inter-group collaboration, mutual respect among diverse groups, and civility in public discourse.
The 2011 program, An Interfaith Memorial in Music, brought together religious musical reflections by representatives from St. Louis' Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu communities, as well as performances by world-renowned soprano Christine Brewer, a St. Louis Symphony string quartet, the St. Louis Symphony in Unison Chorus, and others. Senator John Danforth offered spoken remarks, and the program included a presentation of colors by the Pipe and Drum Corps of the City of St. Louis Fire and St. Louis County Police Departments.
Soprano Christine Brewer, Jazz vocalist Brian Owens & Piano player Peter Martin are joined on stage by the Dickson String Quartet, the St. Louis County Police Pipes & Drums Honor Guard of St. Louis County Police, Detective Patrick Night, and members of the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim faith communities to sing "God Bless America" at the closure of the Second Annual 9/11 Interfaith Memorial in Music at the Sheldon Concert Hall on September 9th, 2012. Photo credit by Ray Marklin. SEE MORE PICTURES OF THE EVENT IN OUR PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK HERE)