"9/11 | Coming Together" 20th Anniversary Special

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Manhattan skyline and the Towers of Lights (Tribute in Light) at sunset in New York

20th Anniversary Special “Coming Together” on September 11, 2021

It has been twenty years since the devastating tragedies of 9/11 but what continues to give us hope for the future are the compassionate stories of people who came together to help one another. When we remember, it deepens our gratitude for those who willingly chose to raise us up by the sacrifice of their own safety and causes us to forget the things that divide us. It helps us concentrate on the things that connect us and reveals to all of us what we’re actually capable of doing to help one another.

Join The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for this 30-minute special “9/11 | Coming Together” with award winning journalist Jane Clayson Johnson. Johnson is known for her work at CBS News, ABC News, and NPR. As the events of 9/11 unfolded, Johnson and her co-anchor Bryant Gumbel were in New York City, on the air anchoring the morning program at CBS News..

“Having had a front row seat as a journalist” said Johnson, “it is an honor for me to be part of this ‘Coming Together’ special commemorating human kindness during the tragedy of 9/11. In a way, this special parallels the challenges in today’s world and reminds us that embracing each other with love and respect can help heal the human heart."

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Time: 8:46 a.m. (mountain) To be streamed at the symbolic time of the first plane crash in to the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. It will air on the Choir’s YouTube channel, Facebook pageTheTabernacleChoir.org website, as well as Broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, and the BYUtv Mobile App.

Additional Times: 9:00 a.m. (mountain) on KSL TV (Channel 5), the BYUtv cable channel and BYUtv.org, and 3:30 p.m.(mountain) on the BYUtv cable channel and and BYUtv.org.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Encore Stream and Special Broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word

Time: 9:30 a.m. (mountain) on the Choir’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, TheTabernacleChoir.org website and also Broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, KSL TV (Channel 5), KSL.com, the KSL TV app, BYUtv, BYUtv.org and the BYUtv app.

This special musical program of remembrance includes uplifting and inspiring music selections gathered from the Choir and Orchestra’s previous broadcasts and concerts. Interwoven with the music and narration will be commentary from individuals around the world as they remember the impact of 9/11 for everyone--everywhere. 

The backdrop for Johnson's narration is various locations across the Hudson River from where the Twin Towers were located. Her commentary will introduce performances by the Choir and Orchestra from previous Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts including “You Raise Me Up,” “Peace Like a River,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “One Person,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Kristin Chenoweth will be the featured performer for “Angels among Us,” which she sang with the Choir and Orchestra during her 2018 Christmas concert appearance.

Mack Wilberg, music director for the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square said, “Music is an integral part of this commemoration because it can touch the human heart in a unique and personal way. We hope listeners of this special feel peace, gratitude, love, and closer to the divine.”

Like many, the Choir is forever linked to the catastrophic events of 9/11. On that day, it was scheduled to present a private concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle to a business convention. It hastily became a public memorial service, as then-Church President Gordon B. Hinckley responded to the occasion, speaking as part of a program filled with several patriotic selections by the Choir and Orchestra.

Three days later, the Choir performed at two memorial services conducted by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in observance of a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. 

Since then, the Choir and Orchestra have commemorated the events of 9/11 each year as a reminder of how the world united across cultural boundaries in aid, compassion, and understanding.