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By Kent Larsen

Trade Center Attack Scuttles New York Sea Trek Gala

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- This past week's terrorist attack on New York City has led the Sea Trek Foundation to significantly scale back the events surrounding the arrival of its three tall ships from Europe. Out of respect for the victims of the attack, the foundation has cancelled both the "Rock the Dock" celebration planned for New York and the Saints on the Seas Musical Tribute planned for a theater in Madison Square Garden. In their place, an alternate program will focus on patriotic themes.

The change is disappointing for both the foundation and local members, given the crowds that the events attracted in European ports. The change is in-line with other major New York City events in the next month that have been cancelled or scaled back in the wake of the attacks, including a major American Cancer Society event that was cancelled, and the New York Philharmonic's opening gala, which was significantly changed.

The foundation now plans a 25 minute program of patriotic music built on the theme "An Odyssey of Freedom and Faith" that will be performed on the docks near the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. The other events available at European ports, including tours of the ships, an Ancestral Research Exhibit, and video presentations will still be available.

The cancelled activities included performances by a variety of musical groups in genres from pop, rock, jazz and R&B, to folk dancers and sea shanty singers, a fireworks display, and the performance of LDS composer Kurt Bestor's "Saints on the Seas" Oratorio.

Kent Larsen 14Sep01 A4


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