December 17th Holiday Unity Concert: A New Cultural Platform for the Post-Obama Era

by Dennis Speed

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
                                     —St. Paul, Ephesians 6:12

Dec. 20—The 700-plus people that gathered at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral on Dec. 17, 2016 for the “Holiday Unity Concert” sponsored by the “Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture,” responded both to the idea and the execution of this latest in a series of “experiments with truth” being conducted in the context of the evolution of Lyndon LaRouche’s Manhattan Project. Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the founder and head of the Schiller Institute, in a presentation made the afternoon prior to the evening musical performance by the Schiller Institute New York Community Chorus and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, stressed the strategic and moral necessity of such events: “I think we have to introduce a completely different level of thinking into the political process, which is why the performance of the Messiah and a long series of other concerts is so important.”

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A ‘Living Memorial’ for All the Victims of 9/11

[This article was written by Dennis Speed and originally published in the September 23, 2016 issue of the Executive Intelligence Review. Click here for PFD version.]



The whole objection, however, of the immorality of poetry rests upon a misconception of the manner in which poetry acts to produce the moral improvement of man. Ethical science arranges the elements which poetry has created, and propounds schemes and proposes examples of civil and domestic life: nor is it for want of admirable doctrines that men hate, and despise, and censure, and deceive, and subjugate one another. But poetry acts in another and diviner manner. It awakens and enlarges the mind itself by rendering it the receptacle of a thousand unapprehended combinations of thought.

                                               —Percy Bysshe Shelley
                                                   “A Defence of Poetry”

Sept. 20—The 3,000 people that participated in one or more of the “Living Memorial” concerts held in New York City Sept. 9-12, experienced Percy Shelley’s hypothesis first hand. The “awakening and enlarging of the mind itself,” in confronting the crime of Sept. 11, 2001 through the mind of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, was a successful thought-experiment that demonstrated the existence in the human soul of what the poet Friedrich Schiller has referred to as the quality of the Sublime.

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Schiller Institute New York City Chorus Leads "Living Memorial" to Victims of 9/11

Click here for 9-11 Living Memorial Mozart Requiem Concerts Photos

On the 15th Anniversary of the terror attack on New York City and Washington DC, the Schiller Institute, founded by Lyndon and Helga LaRouche, intervened across the five Boroughs of New York  and into New Jersey to lift the remembrance of that tragic day to a higher level, a "Living Memorial," through the use of great art to lift the minds and souls of all men and women away from fear and thoughts of vengeance to that of creativity and the future of Mankind.

Three performances of the great Requiem Mass by Amadeus Mozart were performed in New York City by the Schiller Institute New York City Chorus, with full orchestra, sponsored by the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture, on September 9th, 10th and 11th, in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. A fourth performance was held on Monday night September 12th in Morristown, New Jersey,  home to many families who lost loved ones on 9/11.

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Fifteen Years Later, New York City Remembers



"From Ground Zero to Liberty State Park across the Hudson, people commemorated the 9/11 attacks with speeches, music and tears.

"Bells tolled, prayers were whispered, and hymns were sung, Sunday, as New Yorkers marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center that cost the lives of nearly 3,000 people.  NY City Lens reporters covered some of the memorial services."




The Diocese of Brooklyn posted the following announcement on August 30, 2016:

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, a solemn march, Mass, and rare performance of the Mozart Requiem will pay tribute to FDNY firefighters and all those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks 15 years ago.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., firefighters from across the country will join New York City’s bravest and families of the fallen at ground zero in lower Manhattan. From there, the group will march 24 flags in single file across the Brooklyn Bridge. Each flag will represent a firefighter from Battalion 57 in Brooklyn killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center. Their bodies were never recovered. The journey from ground zero to Brooklyn serves to symbolically bring the brothers back home. The procession will include an FDNY ceremonial flag for every New York City Firefighter killed on 9/11 and an American flag, in remembrance of all who died on that Day.

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"Verdi's Heroes and Heroines"

Yesterday, our New Jersey Schiller Institute chorus traveled to the Catskills to participate in a concert at the Altamura Center for the Arts, titled "Verdi's Heroes and Heroines." Conducted by John Sigerson and held at the Verdi-tuning of A=432Hz, this fantastic concert featured 8 young, professional singers presenting many of the greatest arias and duets by Giuseppe Verdi. All of the singers, who hailed from as far away as Poland, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic were wonderful!

The Schiller Institute chorus presented the gripping and poignant Prisoners Chorus from Beethoven's Fidelio, Verdi's famous Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore, and was joined by all of the soloists to end the event with the National Anthem of Italy, Verdi's great "Va Pensiero" chorus from Nabucco.

A Memorial Tribute to Sylvia Olden Lee

(Article by Dennis Speed, published in the July 8, 2016 issue of Executive Intelligence Review)

July 5—Lyndon LaRouche’s “Manhattan Project” to restore Hamilton’s Presidency to the United States by removing the “presidential pretense” that is the Obama Administration from power, is on a daily basis actively deliberating upon the following problem with thousands of people in the metropolitan area: “Is it possible, in a time of crisis such as this one, to avoid our impending national suicide?” The capacity of nations and empires for indifferent, sometimes sudden, and even festive self-destruction seems boundless, as it does in the trans-Atlantic sector today, an apparently uncontrollable societal compulsion.

Far more civilizations have failed than have succeeded in human history. Is that about to become our fate as well? Does the principle of self-government through human creativity, the shadow of which is cast in the Preamble of the United States Constitution and the first sections of the Declaration of Independence, provide a sufficient basis for some set of Americans, who are simultaneously United States patriots as well as world-citizens, to change the fate about to be thrust upon us by the scythe of history? Could that fate not be avoided by America in the same way that Edgar Poe’s protagonist avoided his, in Poe’s famous story, “The Pit and the Pendulum”—by thinking creatively?

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