9/11 Museum Hosts Special Tribeca Film Festival Screening of CNN’s “Soundtracks”

More than 500 people are seated as they attend a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of CNN’s “Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History.” A man is onstage in front of a large screen in Foundation Hall, and the Last Column can be seen in the foreground.
More than 500 people attended a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of CNN’s "Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History."

More than 500 people attended a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of CNN’s "Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History" at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday night.

The new series explores the relationship between music and seminal moments in history, and features original interviews with legendary musicians, celebrated journalists, historians and writers.

The screening premiered the episode on 9/11, which takes a closer look at the ways music helped a country fighting to heal and rebuild after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Sting’s concert in Tuscany, Italy, where he performed "Fragile" on 9/11 as a tribute to the victims of the attacks, as well as Paul Simon's live performance of "The Sound of Silence" during the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum were notable music highlights in the episode.

After the screening, 9/11 Memorial & Museum president Alice Greenwald addressed the audience and remarked on the power of viewing the episode inside Foundation Hall. The museum exhibition space is surrounded by remnants of the original World Trade Center site and was once the heart of Ground Zero.

"What I just saw has moved me so much, particularly seeing it in this space because music is the emotional foundation for how we build forward," said Greenwald.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, music historian Jason King and Richard Goldstein, a veteran journalist and music critic.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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