Remembering 12/14/12 With Music

Dec 14, 2013

It's been one year since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School transformed Newtown, Connecticut, the country, and the world. Over the last year, there have been countless musical tributes to the victims.

This hour, we share some of the music that came out of this tragedy. 

Some of it comes from a concert broadcast on WNPR's Where We Live one week after the shooting. It was hosted at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut.

We'll also hear music from the Strings For Newtown concert held on December 1, 2013 at Newtown Congregational Church.

There is one song that was recorded before the tragedy. Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene recorded a song called "Ana Grace," which was for his daughter Ana Márquez-Greene, who died one year ago today.

Song List:

  1. "This Little Light of Mine" 
    Performed by Noah Baerman at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, December 21, 2012.
  2. "The Opening to Dvorak's From the New World -> Amazing Grace -> We Shall Overcome" 
    Performed by Mark O'Connor on violin, and the Norwalk Youth Symphony, led by Richard Brooks. Recorded at the Strings for Newtown concert, December 1, 2013.
  3. "My Beautiful Town" 
    Words and music by Jim Allyn.
    Performed by Newtown Youth Voices, Strings For Newtown ​concert, December 1, 2013. 
  4. "Newtown Peace Anthem"
    By Julie Lyonn Lieberman.
    Performed by the Norwalk Youth Symphony, Strings For Newtown concert, December 1, 2013.
  5. "Baby"
    Performed by Erik Elligers and Nancy Matlack Elligers of Goodnight Blue Moon, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, December 21, 2012.
  6. "I Need To Be Still"
    Written by Archie P. Jordan and Naomil Martin.
    Performed by Steve Mitchell on vocals and Dan Campolieta on piano, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, December 21, 2012.
  7. "Ana Grace"
    By Jimmy Greene.
    Recorded in 2009.
  8. "Les Trois Rigodons"
    By Julie Lyonn Lieberman with Donna Hebert on fiddle, Max Cohen on guitar, Bruce Molsky on fiddle, and Jim Andrews on bass.
    Performed at Strings for Newtown, December 1, 2013.
  9. "Ripples"
    Performed by Noah Baerman on piano and Henry Lugo on bass, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, December 21, 2012.
  10. "Amazing Grace"
    Performed by Kate Callahan, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, December 21, 2012.
  11. "Ashokan Farewell"
    By Jay Ungar, Strings for Newtown, December 1, 2013.
  12. "Solace"
    Composed by William Bolcom and poet Dick Allen.
    Performed by the St. Patrick/St. Anthony Church Chamber Choir.