Kepler's Harmony of the World: A Celestial Chorus

Where does the musical scale come from? Is it merely a human invention? In 1619, the astronomer Johannes Kepler showed in his "The Harmony of the World" that not only are the ratios that form the major and minor scales coherent with the principles of constructive geometry, but they are built into the very stars themselves—that is, the motions of the planets of our solar system, as moved by their choral conductor, our Sun.

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9/11 Memorial 2020

Schiller Institute Chorus & West View News co-hosted a 9/11 Memorial Concert on Friday, September 11, 2020 via the broadcast platform MUSEA.

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Beethoven, Schiller and the American Spirit

In Class 4 of the Summer Lecture Series, Fred Haight presented the second part of his exciting class, "Beethoven as an American Composer," looking more closely into his relationship to the ideas of "the poet of freedom," Friedrich Schiller. 

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Schiller Institute Chorus Commemorates 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

In a virtual choral performance of Defend the Yellow River, released on August 20th, 2020, the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus pays homage to those who suffered and died and those who fought together to defeat fascism.

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The Fight for the Verdi Tuning

Many have asked, "Why does the Schiller Institute Chorus sing at a lower tuning?" On July 9, 2020, Liliana presented Class #3 of the Summer Lecture Series on the "Fight for the Verdi Tuning." Speaking from Milan via Zoom, Liliana described her role in the nearly successful efforts of the 1980s and 1990s to bring the standard pitch back to A=432 Hz or C= 256, and why this had such widespread support among the top musicians of the day.

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Shadow vs Substance: The Genius of Wilhelm Furtwängler

On July 26, 2020, Matthew Ogden presented the second in the Summer Lecture Series on the genius of Wilhelm Furtwängler and the agapic nature of classical motivic thorough-composition.

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Beethoven as an American Composer, part 1

July 12, 2020 lecture no. 1 in the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus Summer Lecture Series began with the first of a two part presentation on Beethoven as an American Composer by Fred Haight.

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Schiller Institute Chorus Celebrates July 4th: E Pluribus Unum; Music Unites!

On Sunday, July 5th, 2020 the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus hosted a Musikabend celebration that brought together over 100 people from across the USA as well as South America. The Zoom event began with the reading of Langston Hughes' poem, Let America Be America Again, and ended with a screen share of the score of America, the Beautiful for a rousing sing-along, with many surprises in between. 

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Creativity as the Distinctive Characteristic of Human Culture: The Need for a Classical Renaissance

On April 26, 2020, the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus participated in the Culture Panel at the International Conference of the Schiller Institute. Both Diane Sare and John Sigerson, co-directors of the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus, participated in the panel.

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Holiday Concert & Sing-along at St. Veronica's in the Village

On December 22, 2019, as the end of the year approached, our the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus presented a Holiday Concert & Sing-along at St. Veronica’s Cultural Center in the Village. We produced the Program as a Song Book so that everyone in the audience had their own music to sing and to take home.

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