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Carnegie echoes with music for WTC victims

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Carnegie Hall opened its doors Sunday for a "Concert of Remembrance" to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a show featuring a world-renowned cellist and famed opera star who came out of retirement solely for that one performance.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma opened the show with the "Appalachia Waltz," which he performed underneath a huge American flag that dominated the world-famous stage.

Leontyne Price, who left a life of retirement temporarily for the special performance, capped off the hour-long performance by singing "America The Beautiful" to a capacity crowd of more than 2,000 people.

Concert-goers, many of whom waited for hours to get inside, received free tickets that encouraged them to donate money to a relief agency to help victims of the World Trade Center attacks. Their programs also contained a list of organizations seeking donations.


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