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Our American Experiences

Aurora Classical

Saturday, September 11

2021 Fringe Festival

All Day

Pay What You Can

Schuylkill River Trail – WTC Memorial and 2212 Spruce StreetMap

Wheelchair Accessible

Our American Experiences is a festival in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11/01. It will begin with a solemn sharing of stories and music at 8:30 am at the WTC memorial on the SRT. Then from 11 am onward, there will be concerts and story telling of our American experiences at 22nd and Spruce. Between concerts by local professional classical musicians, story telling for children, and poetry readings by local poets. On display will be art work and artifacts from 9/11/01 for you to view and spend the day. Refreshments will be served.

Aurora Classical and Trinity Center for Urban Life Present
Our American Experiences: a 9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Festival 

Come and go as you please throughout the day.  FREE, donate what you wish.

ALL TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  This event will be hosted at the sites listed below and will also be streamed live on YouTube and Aurora Classical’s Facebook page. Links below.

September 11, 2021 Events Schedule

8:30am to 9:15am   “A tribute show to the memory of the events of 9/11/01”

LOCATION:   World Trade Center Memorial on the south side of the Chestnut Street Bridge On the Schyulkill River Trail.  Enter the SRT on Locust Street, Walnut Street, or Market Street.

In case of rain, the event will be at Trinity Memorial Church at 22nd and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia. Entrance to Trinity is on 22nd Street.

Morning tribute show to include stories of September 11th, 2001, and the following months (with an opportunity to share your story if you like), music, a moment of silence and the laying of flowers at the memorial.  Performers include: Glenn Fischbach, Cellist, Susan Weinman, Narrator and The Every Day Divas including Ms. Weinman, Nancy Morgenstern, and Patty McMahon performing American Folk music. and Bagpiper Jeff Edwards.


11am to 5pm 

LOCATION: Trinity Memorial Church at 22nd and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia. Entrance to Trinity is on 22nd Street.

Come and go as you please, enjoy the performance, look at the displays and enjoy refreshments outside.  PER FRINGE FESTIVAL RULES, EVERYONE NOT PERFORMING IS REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK WHEN INDOORS.

11:00am:  KIDS HOUR in the courtyard of Trinity Memorial Church 22nd and Spruce Entrance on 22nd.
Children’s sing-along with Nancy Morgenstern.  Krys Cooper to read the children’s book “Fireboat” by Maira Kalman. Afterwards, everyone is invited to use chalk to draw a picture about the story on the sidewalk outside.

12:00pm  “Rivers”

American art songs exploring American folk music including spirituals and indigenous American songs.  Martin Hargrove, Bass – Julia Hanna, Pianist.

12:50pm Poetry Reading by Krystiane Cooper

1:00pm  “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” Samuel Barber Staged Performance
Krystiane Cooper, Soprano – Erik Meyer, Piano

1:30pm – 4pm Vocal Performances approximately every half hour with ample breaks in-between 

Featured performers in order will be: Alyson Harvey, Mezzo Soprano. Iris Fairfax, Soprano. Andrew McGowan, Tenor.  Eve Edwards, Soprano. Susan Weinman, Contralto. Charlotte Dietrich, Soprano with pianists Julia Hanna and Eric Meyer.

4:00pm Glenn Fischbach, Cellist

4:30pm The Every Day Divas, American Folk Music featuring Nancy Morgenstern, Patty McMahon and Susan Weinman




Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 – 8:15am Schuylkill River Trail

Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 – 11:00am Trinity Center for Urban Life

Streaming Available on Facebook Live and Youtube Live


Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.

Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.


Content Considerations

Appropriate for Ages 7+



Audience Instructions

This will be a day long festival of Our American Experiences including art work, artifacts, refreshments and performances. Be prepared to come and go as you please but be prepared to sit and listen to the concerts when they happen. We look forward to seeing you!

The initial remembrance performance takes place outside at the WTC memorial under the Chestnut Street Bridge on the Schuylkill River Trail. It will be a short story-telling with music and a moment of silence in memoriam next to girders from the WTC which make up this memorial. The festival will them commence at Trinity Center for Urban Life (TCLU) at 22nd and Spruce street. The festival will be mostly indoors but weather permitting we will also have tables set up and things happening outdoors as well. Come for any or all of this event.

About the Artists

Aurora Classical’s mission is to excite people about classical music! Our goal is to share the art to those who may not have seen it up close and personal before, to give them the comfort and hope only classical music can provide and an opportunity for professional classical performers to share their work.

Aurora Classical takes its name and inspiration from the news paper Philadelphia Aurora which was founded by Benjamin Franklin Bache, grandson to Benjamin Franklin. The paper stood for the rights of “yeoman farmers”, “planters” and the “plain folk”. We believe classical music is for everyone no matter your budget!

This series is entitled Our American Experiences and will feature four different programs featuring performances by Martin Hargrove, Bass. Glenn Fischbach, Cello, Jennifer K. Lee, Violin and Emily Fischbach, Violin. Jennifer Higdon’s solemn new song cycle “Civil Words,” performed by Susan Weinman, Contralto and Julia Hanna, Pianist. Lastly the morning of 9/11 we will feature a tribute to the experiences and memories of 9/11/01 outside near a memorial consisting of girders of the former World Trade Center.

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