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BPO and Red Cross to present 20th anniversary September 11 tribute at Kleinhans

This year’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony is going to be a special one, thanks to the coming together of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), in collaboration with the Western New York Families of September 11, and the American Red Cross (Western New York Chapter). 

On Saturday, September 11, at 7:30pm, a special performance titled American Resilience: 20th Anniversary Commemoration to 9/11 Heroes will take place at Kleinhans Music Hall. The performance will allow us to further heal, by paying tribute to the fallen, while never forgetting the horrid circumstances surrounding the fateful day. 

The concert – commemorating 29 years since the attack befell the towers – will feature a full orchestra, conducted by Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. The reflective repertoire, honoring the triumph of the American Spirit, will include:

  • Walker’s Lyric for Strings
  • Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man
  • “Largo” from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9
  • Popular songs of inspiration such as You Raise Me Up, God Bless America, Con Te Partiro

Local performers Jessica Ann Best and George Brown will join the BPO on vocals, and Keith Radford, former anchor of WKBW-TV’s 7 Eyewitness News, will serve as master of ceremonies, guiding the audience through reflections from that historical day, including stories from the families of those lost from Western New York. Media support for the performance is provided by WKBW-TV.

In tandem with the spirited performance, this year’s Western New York Families of September 11 Memorial, which features nearly 3,000 American flags (one for each of the lives lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks), will move to Kleinhans Music Hall.

The memorial includes a special section honoring those who had connections to Western New York.

786 Delaware Delaware

This symbolic memorial installation at Kleinhans, formerly planted at the lawn of the Red Cross at 786 Delaware Delaware each year, will significantly add to the impact of the event and ceremonial undertakings.

786 Delaware Delaware, known as the “Clement House,” was once known as the Carolyn & John Yurtchuk Administrative Center, named in honor of supporters of both organizations who gifted the building to the BPO in 2017. Today, the building is home to the BPO and the Red Cross. 

Befittingly, the new location for the 3000-flag memorial – to mark the 20th anniversary year of 9/11 – is adjacent to Kleinhans’ serene reflecting pool.

“Since we began operating out of the same office building together in 2017, the BPO and the Red Cross have been eager to collaborate. The importance of this 20th anniversary year of 9/11 was a natural fit for both organizations,” said BPO President & Executive Director Daniel Hart. “For decades, the Red Cross has been a tireless champion of the victims of 9/11, especially those families here in Western New York who were directly affected by the tragedy. The BPO recognizes the important role that music plays in all of our lives, providing an outlet through which we can heal, reflect, remember, and pay tribute to our American heroes. It is an honor for both organizations to give back to the Western New York community in this way.”

”Volunteers from Western New York were among the first to respond and provide comfort and hope on 9/11, and we are proud to have been supporting these incredible families since that tragic day in 2001,” said Jose Latalladi, American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter Interim Executive Director. “Their annual flag display helps Western New Yorkers to never forget what happened on September 11, 2001. The Red Cross is honored to partner with these families and a great community asset in the BPO to present this special tribute to all those we lost and those who risked their lives to help 20 years ago.”

“We created this tribute so that Western New Yorkers can remember every year how many lives were lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001,” said Leigh Macadlo, a member of the Western New York Families of September 11. “We want to remember each innocent person whose life was ended so abruptly and tragically, and honor the extraordinary sacrifice of responders who gave their lives for others that day. We are grateful for this partnership with the Red Cross and the BPO and thank them for this opportunity for the community to come together and reflect.”

Tickets to American Resilience: 20th Anniversary Commemoration to 9/11 Heroes are on sale now at, by calling (716)885-5000, or visiting the BPO Box Office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are general admission and select-your-own-price, with a suggested ask of $40 per person. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Western New York Families of September 11 Memorial. 

American Resilience: 20th Anniversary Commemoration to 9/11 Heroes is generously sponsored by Calspan.

The BPO will continue to follow all local, state and federal COVID-19 safety guidelines. Current protocols and policies can be found at

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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