Sacrum Profanum

September 11th, 2011 by Collin Canright | Filed under Uncategorized.

I am listening, on this 9-11-11 tenth anniversary remembrance day, to the opening concert of Sacrum Profanum, a new music festival in Kraków, Poland. Much of the week’s program is devoted to the music of American composer Steve Reich, whose music I have loved since my high school music buddy introduced me to “Music for 18 Musicians” in 1978, when we were seniors in high school.

What amazes me, though, is that through the magic of the internet, I can sit in my home in Chicago and listen live to a concert in AlcelorMittal’s tinning plant in Kraków, and hear Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood perform “Electric Counterpoint” and the Ensemble Modern perform “Music for 18 Musicians”.

This bringing together through technology represents to me the best of humanity. It represents the solidarity felt within our city and our country, and indeed throughout the world, after the terrible attacks.

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