Open Letter to Germany’s Classical Music Lovers in the Year of Beethoven

The Bounds of Decency Have Been Breached

by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Chairwoman of the Schiller Institute

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Motivführung is a form of composition that, from a single musical idea, develops further themes, movements and ultimately the entire composition. It was elaborated and rigorously demonstrated in master classes by Norbert Brainin, the first violinist of the Amadeus Quartet. Shown: Norbert Brainin and Gunter Ludwig in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 1990.

Jan. 13—The first thing one can say about the performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Darmstadt Theater, in a production of Paul-Georg Dittrich with a musical adaptation of the finale by Annette Schlünz, is: It’s god-awful! It couldn’t be worse. God-awful from a musical, artistic, philosophical and human standpoint. Of the long series of stupid, crude, repetitive Regietheater[fn 1] performances, that have been staged for over half a century(!)—limited at first to theater, but then also inflicted on the opera—this performance was the absolute low point.

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2020: the Beethoven 250th Year

Beethoven at 13 years old.

The Schiller Institute NYC Chorus wishes to express our gratitude and appreciation to all who participated in making 2019 a great year for our chorus. As our very first concert in December 2014 was dedicated to "The Sanctity of Every Human Life," and as we have continued the theme of "Dona Nobis Pacem," give us peace, we can look ahead to 2020, the Beethoven 250th Year as a year of fulfillment and hope.

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Ceremony on the Third Anniversary Memorial for the Alexandrov Ensemble

It Is Time That Man Grew Into a New Paradigm

On December 28, 2019 the Schiller Institute participated in the third annual memorial in honor of the Alexandrov Ensemble, at the Tear Drop Memorial in Bayonne, New Jersey. In 2016, 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, along with 24 others, perished when their plane crashed into the Black Sea en route to Syria. What follows is a transcript of the memorial including remarks from Capt. Donald Haiber, Father John Fencik, Chief Keith Weaver, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation Mission to the United Nations Mr. Dmitry Chumakov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic Mission Dr. Louay Falouh, Schiller Institute Founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder and Co-Director of the Schiller Institute New York City Chorus, Diane Sare, and Mr. Kevin Maynor.


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Schiller Institute NYC Chorus participates in 6th Chinese Chorus Festival

The Sino-American Musician Association and the Council of Chinese-American Associations invited the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus to participate in the 6th New York Chinese Chorus Festival. 

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Friends of the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus bring Italian Opera Arias back home to Little Italy in the Bronx.

Ann & Tony’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue was the place to be Saturday evening not only for an Italian culinary delight, but for a taste of real Italian Opera.  Soprano Michelle Erin of the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus was joined by visiting Swedish soprano Leena Malkki to present an hour of Italian Opera Arias and other works.

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Schiller Chorus presents 9/11 Memorial Concert in the Village

On Sunday, September 8th, 2019 the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus presented a 9/11 Memorial Concert at St. Veronica's which will be remembered by the chorus and audience alike. It was one of the most challenging programs yet, and the outcome was quite spectacular. A good number of people expressed an interest in joining the chorus, some of whom already came to their first rehearsal the very same week after the concert!

The chorus has performed a 9/11 Memorial concert each year since the historic four-day event September 9th -12th, 2016 when it presented a Mozart Requiem Concert on consecutive days in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Morristown, NJ. 

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NYC Schiller Chorus Gets Standing Ovation at South Bronx Church

On Sunday July 28th, the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus gave a concert at the Church of St. Anselm and St. Roch in the South Bronx. The chorus of about 60, performed four Negro Spirituals (one was an encore) a couple of Spanish hymns (including a popular setting of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from his Ninth Symphony), two movements from Schubert’s Mass in G, the "Sicut Locutus Est" from Bach’s Magnificat, and Gradual by Afro-Brazilian composer Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia. This concert was unique because it came together as a result of a real collaboration between the chorus and the church, which serves a largely Spanish-speaking population from the nearby neighborhood, as well as English-speaking immigrants from various European nations.

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Schiller Institute NYC Chorus Memorializes LaRouche in Bronx Concert

On Sunday May 5th, the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus performed the Mozart Solemn Vespers, African-American Spirituals, and Verdi at a concert dedicated to the memory of Lyndon LaRouche in Little Italy of the Bronx. The chorus was joined by five professional soloists and orchestra, and everything, except the Bach organ prelude was performed at the Verdi tuning of c=256 Hz.

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OBITUARY: Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. (1922–2019)

Feb. 21, 2019 (EIRNS)—Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., the American economist and statesman who compiled, between 1957 and 2007, the most accurate record of economic forecasting in the world, passed away on February 12, 2019. The author of thousands of articles and over 100 books and book-length pamphlets and strategic studies, LaRouche was one of the most controversial political figures in all of American history.

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