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Duke University Chapel Hosting 9/11 Commemoration Concert

Mayor Bill Bell will speak at the event which is free and open to the public

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks of 2001, Duke Chapel invites the local community to come together -- to pause, listen, reflect and remember.  

A 9/11 commemoration concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Rodney Wynkoop will conduct the Duke Chapel Choir, the Duke Chorale, the Choral Society of Durham, and the Orchestra Pro Cantores in a performance of Mozart's Requiem. Hundreds of Mozart Requiem performances were given nationwide in the aftermath of 9/11, and this music has become symbolic of mourning and consolation.

Before the performance of the Requiem, remarks will be given by Durham Mayor Bill Bell, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead, Dean of Duke Chapel Sam Wells, and Abdullah Antepli, Duke's Muslim chaplain.

"Ten years after 9/11, it's still hard to find words to express the sadness, grief, horror, and sense of bewildered violation that occurred," says Wells. "The Mozart Requiem places such feelings against a grand canvas of lament, repentance and strains of genuine hope. But above all it surrounds horror with beauty in a way only Mozart -- and God -- can do."