It’s hard to believe that ten years have gone by since the 9/11 tragedy. Music has played such an important role in comforting, remembering, and in moving forward. As we pause again to commemorate those who were lost, Stanley Silverman offers his own tribute when the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio gives the world premiere of his Trio No. 2 (Reveille) on September 14 and 15, 2011 at New York’s 92nd Street Y. Written in seven-movements, Trio No. 2 is Silverman’s second commission from the ensemble. The work’s fifth movement—”Fear No More the Heat O’ the Sun” — features texts from Shakespeare’s Cymbeline which will be sung by rock musician and balladeer Sting.
Reveille (as the composer titled it) was commissioned by Silverman’s son to honor his father’s late friend “…Herman Sandler, [who was] a victim of the World Trade Center Tragedy,” Silverman reflects. “[But] dear listener, this piece is not intended to ‘hang together’ any more than life itself…. [Herman was] a joyful, lively chap…[and] was well known as a driving force in the international classical music community…Professionally I was involved with Herman at the annual Rainforest Foundation concerts at Carnegie Hall…But it was as a family friend that I have the most cherished memories of [him].”