“Our chorus said that we want to give condolence for this enormous loss of these people,” said Suzanne Klebe of the Schiller Institute Chorus.
The Schiller Institute Chorus performed at the Russian Consulate on New Year’s Eve, with “enormous” response by a Russian audience. “More than 400,000 people downloaded this within 24 hours,” said Klebe, noting the gesture heartened Russians who welcomed a break from political tension between the two countries. “They’re normal people who are grateful for a gesture from Americans.”
Klebe said that to perform in front of the Teardrop is “particularly important,” because of the spirit in which Russia donated the 10-story sculpture to Bayonne in 2005 to memorialize the losses of 9/11. “It won’t be long, but it will be an important gesture.”
The Teardrop Memorial is at 51 Port Terminal Blvd, Bayonne, on the northwest corner of the Military Ocean Terminal Base.