(WASHINGTON, DC – Sunday, September 11, 2011) On September 11, 2001, life in America changed forever. Soprano Pamela Simonson was working at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City at the time of the attacks and remembers the day well.
“I had just gotten to work and we didn’t think it was real”, Simonson stated. “We just kept listening to the radio for any news of relief…it didn’t come.” Her pain along with the pain of the nation as a result of the tragedy of ten years ago is still as strong and passionate as it was when planes flown by terrorists bludgeoned the World Trade Building and Pentagon leaving hundreds dead and many more feeling the anguish. She wanted to do something to help the hurting and will share her opera-trained lyric soprano voice to a program commemorating the occasion.
The 10th Anniversary 9/11 Commemorative Service, sponsored by the District of Columbia Public Library on Sunday, September 11, 2:30 pm will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. “Poems to Heal and Honor a Nation” also features the poetry ensemble, “Collective Voices.
“It was heart wrenching seeing all of the devastation”, stated the world traveled opera soprano. “But the way our nation came together after the tragedy was an inspiration.” Simonson will set the tone for the program with “The Star Spangled Banner” and feels that is the least she can do to help heal and honor a nation. Open to the public in the library’s Main Hall, it is located at 901 G Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. near the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro Stations. There will also be brief reception.