MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Around the world, people are remembering the Cathedral of Notre Dame, after a fire destroyed much of the structure.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Photo Date: September 3, 2014
Erin Colwitz, Director of Choirs at Northern Michigan University has a special connection to the Cathedral. She has visited multiple times, and one time, while teaching at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, had the opportunity to perform there.
Notre Dame is considered to be the birthplace of modern music. In the 12th century, composers Léonin and Pérotin wrote some of the earliest preserved polyphony.
“During that time period all the composers flocked to Paris because it became the musical center of the European world,” said Colwitz. “So all of the famous musicians went there and that's where our traditions stem from. So it was really sad to hear, but I'm hopeful that they'll rebuild.”
At this time more than $600 million euros have been pledged towards rebuilding the Cathedral.