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Please take a few moments to listen to The Delta Winds performing

“An American Elegy”
by Frank Ticheli

at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 28, 2007. The work was commissioned by the Columbine Commissioning Fund, a special project sponsored by the Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Colorado on behalf of the Columbine High School Band. Contributors to the Fund included members, chapters, alumni, and friends of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity and Sorority.

The premiere performance by the Columbine High School Band, William Biskup, Director, Frank Ticheli, guest conductor, was on April 23, 2000. Its premiere served as the centerpiece of a special commemorative concert given by the Columbine High School Band in conjunction with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, held at Macky Hall in Boulder, Colorado.

I offer our performance of it here in solidarity not only with the Columbine, VTech and Cleveland School (Stockton, California) families, but as an expression of sympathy and support to all families who have been victims of senseless violence.

Today at Colloquium there will be no words and no comments.
Just respect, reflection and empathy expressed through the universal language of music.

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5 Comments

  1. Sandy Carlson

    This is an interesting idea. Thank you for blogging about it and giving me a place to come back to if I participate. Thanks also for visiting Writing in Faith.

  2. It’s sweet but implies that there is nothing else in the world going on BUT grief over V Tech. I’m sorry it happened and terribly sorry for the families, but I don’t see how this helps. When I blogs, I prays (for all anyone else knows).

  3. I know it is merely a symbol. I wrote about it as well, but posted the one with out the Virgina reference, wanting people to think about all victims. I am participating, and will repost it on the 30th. Some people have mentioned they aren’t spending the whole day reflecting, but that is NOT what it is asking, just during blog time, and many only spend a few minutes writing their blog entries.

  4. manila mom

    I’m joining. I think having a lot of blogs show support to the grieving families can somehow give some comfort. It would also be a comfort to all participants because we want to be able to reach out to these families.

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