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September 4, 2002


On-line Guide Launched to Provide New Yorkers with Information on Cultural Events

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today detailed the five commemorative concerts the City will host on September 11th in all five boroughs. In addition, numerous cultural gatherings and events to commemorate the anniversary of September 11th will be listed in a comprehensive on-line guide at and Events include concerts, exhibitions, readings, public art displays to help provide reflection and engagement for all New Yorkers. The guide covers events throughout the City from September 7th through September 15th. It was created by the Alliance for the Arts, the Office of the Mayor and Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the New York State Governor's Office, New York State Council of the Arts, NYC & Company, and The New York Times. The Times is releasing more than one million copies of a printed version of the guide, as a supplement to their national edition today.

"The arts have always served as a source of community, of inspiration and of comfort," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Now, as New York prepares to mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the arts will once again play a leading role as they help our City heal and move forward. The day will be marked with a series of formal commemorations using music and art in remembrance of those we lost and to provide us with hope for the future - from the sounds of pipe and drum which will begin the City's day of remembrance to the final notes of the musical performances at the commemorative gatherings in parks across the City."

"We recognize that everyone needs to observe this day in their own way, said Randall Bourscheidt, President of the Alliance for the Arts. "With this guide, we tried to provide a resource that runs the spectrum from public, City-sponsored events to more intimate, community-based observances. The guide will also reflect the hundreds of other cultural events that run round-the-clock in New York, reassuring New Yorkers that their city remains the cultural capital of the world. We are grateful to the New York Times for publishing it."

Commemorative gatherings with music and candle-lighting in each borough will begin at 7:00 p.m. The lighting of an eternal flame in historic Battery Park will be broadcast live at each of these events, followed by commemorative musical performances. All New Yorkers are encouraged to attend the gathering in their own borough (locations listed below) and to bring candles to join in the lighting at each. All concerts are scheduled to conclude at 9:00 p.m. when President Bush's address to the nation will be broadcast at each of the gatherings.

General concert information by borough (list of performers in formation):

Performers: Bronx Arts Ensemble
Dave Valentin Quartet
Highbridge Voices
Jazz flutist Dave Valentin
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Parade Grounds
Enter at Broadway and 246th Street
By subway: IRT 1 & 9 trains to 242nd Street
By bus: Bx9, Manhattan/Liberty Lines BxM3,
Westchester bus lines 1, 2 or 3 to Parade Ground
Performers: The Brooklyn Philharmonic
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Valerie Capers Quartet
Location: Prospect Park, Bandshell
Enter at Prospect Park West and 9th Street
By subway: F to 7th Avenue (at 9th Street)
By bus: B69 along Prospect Park West,
B75 along 9th Street to 9th Street Entrance,
B68 along Coney Island Avenue/Prospect Park
Southwest to Bartel-Pritchard Circle (near 15th Street
and Prospect Park West)
Performers: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Stuyvesant High School Concert Chorus
Location: Central Park, Great Lawn
Enter the Park on the West Side at 81st Street or 85th Street and Central Park west; on the East Side at 79th or 84th Street
By subway: B & C to 81st or 86th Street;
4, 5 & 6 to 86th Street
By bus: M10, M19, M86, M1, M2, M3, M4, M18, X90
Performers: Queens Symphony Orchestra
Louis Armstrong Legacy Band
Bayside High School Chorus
Location: Flushing Meadows, Unisphere Promenade
By subway: 7 to Willets Point Blvd/Shea Stadium
By bus: Q48 to Roosevelt Avenue and Willets
Point Stadium; 66 on Northern Blvd (Shea and
Marina only)
Performers: Staten Island Symphony
Curtis High School Jazz Ensemble and Curtis Guitar Ensemble
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, South Meadow
1000 Richmond Terrace
By bus: S40

Among the listings included in the on-line guide:

Contact: Edward Skyler / Megan Sheekey
(212) 788-2958