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Sept. 11 Tribute Concert Set for Wednesday at Lake Harriet

The music and activities begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday night.

A tribute concert in honor of the Sept. 11 anniversary is being held Wednesday evening at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis.

See the event on Patch's calendar.

The memorial concert, called Minnesota 9-11 Tribute, aims to recognize the victims of the tragedy and pay tribute to the first responders in the community, according to a press release. The concert is a multi-cultural performance with emphasis on patriotism and those who protect the country and its people. 

According to the release, nearly 300 musicians, first responders, fire, law enforcement, military service personnel and others from Minnesota will participate in the event. Sign language interpreting service will be provided with reserved seating.

The pre-concert event runs from 5-7 p.m. and performers include the Metropolitan Boys Choir, Ray Covington, Paul and Michelle Porter of "Dandelion Wine," and the Minnesota State Fire Service Memorial Pipe Band. 

Performances from the Minnesota 9-11 Tribute orchestra and choral will follow at 7 p.m. For more information, go to our911tribute.com/.

Mary Helmbrecht September 16, 2013 at 08:22 AM
I'd like to thank everyone who came out for this year's concert-we've had many comments about the diversity of music the Pre-concert brought and being the best one ever. To see pictures please go to our Facebook now and soon to our website for videos and more photos. Thank you again to all volunteer performers and businesses who made this an incredible way to thank our military, vets and first responders for their daily sacrifices! Mary
Mary Helmbrecht September 19, 2013 at 09:05 AM
If anyone attending has any comments, good or bad or any suggestions, please forward them to me ASAP. We are having our 2013 "wrap up" meeting on Sunday and I'd like to share them. (preformers, volunteers, also). Please email me marang918@yahoo.com.
Mike B. September 21, 2013 at 04:55 PM
The only suggestion I would have would be to eliminate the news readers from the local TV stations as hosts for these September 11th tributes. The last few years, it has been newsreaders from WCCO-TV and this year from KMSP-TV. But certainly don't invite politicians either. I would prefer a policeman, fireman, etc. As a side note, at the Lake Harriet concert for Minnesota Orchestra musicians, Betsy Hodges demanded and received a speaking slot. Can't understand why they let her on the bandshell stage, as she has nothing to do with the Minnesota Orchestra. As a matter of fact, she was campaigning at this concert, and interrupting concert goers.
Mary Helmbrecht September 23, 2013 at 07:19 AM
Thank you Mike. I appreciate your input-we knew nothing about the solicitation - do you know what was she solicitating for? In fact, I found out about another just yesterday who was told upfront they couldn't do it-so that is something we need to deal with. I actually attempted to get an officer/first responder to be our emcee but it didn't work out. Any suggestions of who to contact would be appreciated. You can email me at marang918@yahoo.com if you don't want to post it here. Thank you again! Mary
mary helmbrecht September 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM
@Mike B---- Minnesota 9-11 Tribute has this response to Hodge's actions below....."Our agreement with the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council says NO POLITICAL speakers, notices, signs, etc. Betsy Hodges is TOTALLY out of line in even making an appearance at a Minnesota 9-11 Tribute event. I am not happy to hear about her being at our concert, nor am I happy about her demanding to speak at the Minnesota Orchestra concert. If she tries to pull off something like this as a candidate, what will she do if she is elected. I would hope people can see through her actions and deny her the political seat she desires".

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