Covington composer Philip Kopolow has years of musical experience inside his fingers. He's a man who's had a lifetime to share his hope through beautiful notes.
"I got to compose the official bicentennial of the state of Alabama," reflects Kopolow.
He says he's had a lifetime of extraordinary music, but nothing as extraordinary as this year. 2011 had found Kopolow composing not one, but two tribute pieces for the victims of 9/11.
This summer the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony orchestra played the first piece, a composition that put to music the works of the poet Mattie Stepanek. Stepanek died of muscular dystrophy and is an internationally renowned poet.
The second 9-11 work will premiere on the day itself at a commemoration for victims at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Kopolow says, he hopes his piece brings comfort to all who hear it.
"I think one of the great gifts we have as a society, is our culture," says Kopolow.