This September 11 marks the seventh anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks; to commemorate and honor the lives of those lost in the terroristic catastrophe, The Oxford Trio is performing its fourth annual Patriot Day Remembrance Concert on Sunday, September 7 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Oxford.The idea for the concert originated with the talented trio of Oxford residents-Janice Mahan, violin, and sisters Nancy Pedrick, piano, and Julia Farber, French horn and piano. Together, the trio will feature music about America and music composed by Americans.

Pedrick and Farber are both public school music teachers. Farber is currently in her sixteenth year of teaching music for the Oxford Area School District, and was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for her work in and dedication to music education.

Pedrick retired as of June 2008 after teaching for 31 years at the Chichester School District. She still maintains her role as the choir director for the United Methodist Church in Oxford.

Mahan is a gifted violinist who has taught private violin lessons for 48 years.

The program also features other gifted performers with a variety of genres-modern, traditional, jazz and patriotic-featuring vocal solos, instrumental solos and duets. Previous years' performances have included instrument solos with a flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet and piano.

A highlight of the evening is two or three brief audience sing-along sessions and a touching tribute to all of the branches of the armed forces-during which, veterans and/or their family members are encouraged to stand while the audience sings.

"I have attended all three previous concerts and I am always amazed, always blessed and inspired by the quality of the music and the spirit of the evening," said Karen Andress. "It's just a great evening and a great way to start the week."

Join the community and local musicians as they honor Patriots Day at the church, located at 728 Market Street, on the corner of Market and Addison Streets in Oxford. There is no admission charge for the event. Come early and view an array of handmade, patriotic-themed quilts and other artwork on display.

The United Methodist Church is proud to offer their sanctuary for the event, but is not producing the concert.

September 11, 2001 should never be forgotten, and should always be honored. Take a moment to remember with the accompaniment of music.

A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit The Oxford United Methodist Church Harvest of Talents and the Oxford Senior Center.

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