South Carolina Philharmonic


9/11 Remembrance Concert


The SCP invites the Midlands to reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 together at this unifying community event.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara presents a stirring concert designed to honor those lost in the national tragedy 10 years ago. Works such as Barber’s Adagio for Strings will accompany patriotic musical favorites like “God Bless America” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” on the evening’s program.

Also honored at the concert are local first responders (police, firefighters and paramedics/EMTs), whose work and dedication keeps us safe on a daily basis. Vintage military aircraft and vehicles will be displayed courtesy of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation.

Picnics are welcome at this event, though alcohol, glass and pets are prohibited. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and appropriate lawn chairs. Bug spray is also encouraged.

Our sincere thanks to the City of Columbia for donating the use of Finlay Park for this event; to media sponsors ClearChannel, the Free Times and The State Media Company; and to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. for grant support.

The Program

  • Smith: "Star-Spangled Banner"              
  • Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man                   
  • Barber: Adagio for Strings                       
  • Bernstein/Mason: Selections from West Side Story
  • Williams: "Hymn to the Fallen" from Saving Private Ryan
  • arr. Lowden: Armed Forces Salute                   
  • Intermission                       
  • Gould: "American Salute"
  • Steffe/Wilhousky: Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Williams: March from 1941
  • Berlin/Healey: "God Bless America" (w/narrator)           
  • Donaldson/Goodwin: "Carolina in the Morning"
  • Ward/Reed: "America the Beautiful"
  • Sousa: "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

Event Parking

Courtesy of City of Columbia Parking Services.

Parking is free in the Taylor Street Garage at the northwest corner of Taylor and Assembly streets. Street parking is available.

PLEASE NOTE: every attempt will be made to keep parking information current, but we cannot guarantee complete accuracy. Your best bet for parking is to arrive early. Expect traffic from other motorists and pedestrians.

First Responders Remembrance Memorial

You are encouraged to attend the dedication of the First Responders Remembrance Memorial at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (1101 Lincoln Street) from 3 to 5 p.m. earlier the same day. The memorial features two steel beams taken from the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Afterward, stick around downtown and enjoy Columbia’s many fine shops and restaurants before the concert!

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