Robert Burns Celebration

It would be difficult to find anyone in any culture who has not heard or sung the heart warming song Auld Lang Syne to bring in the New Year, ‘for old times sake.’  While many recognize that it is associated with the National Poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, fewer know the role that ‘Rabbie’ played historically during the time of the American Revolution.

English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, in his essay, “A Defense of Poetry” established  that, in fact, it is the poets, who are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. In a moment as tumultuous as our present time, it is ever more important that we understand and develop in ourselves that poetic power capable of changing the course of human history for the better. 

On Sunday, January 24th at 6:00 pm, we celebrated the immortal life of Robert Burns through his own works and those of others; to help demonstrate that power of poetry and culture in strengthening the human spirit, to not only face adversity, but to overcome it with a greater good.
Burns is already celebrated world-wide as Scotland's national poet. He also fulfilled the great German poet, Friedrich Schiller's demand, that a poet be both a patriot and citizen of the world. 

In Remembrance of John F Kennedy

On January 19, 2014, The Schiller Institute Chorus and friends held a Concert in Remembrance of John F. Kennedy at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Massachusetts. This was 50 years after a Memorial Mass had been held at the same location 50 years earlier on January 19, 1964, at the request of Jaqueline Kennedy. At both occasions the Mozart Requiem was performed.

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Alexandrov Ensemble Memorial Ceremony 2020

December 28, 2020 the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus joined with the Bayonne NJ Fire Dept. and the Russian Mission to the United Nations for a ceremony remembering the victims and families of the great Alexandrov Music and Dance Ensemble and other passengers who were killed in a plane crash on Christmas Day, 2016. The group, also known as the Red Army Choir, was enroute to Syria to give relief to the troops and civilians then engaged in a battle to free Syria from terrorism.

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Beethoven 250 Celebration

Why is Beethoven so loved? Why has he been a guiding star of civilization for all peoples across the ages? Why is his setting of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy one of the universal anthems of freedom?

As Beethoven "embraced millions" in his 9th Symphony Opus 125, the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus joined millions around the world embracing Beethoven 250 years after his birth, with a live event broadcast from St. John's in the Village in New York City on December 17th, 2020.

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Columbus Weekend Musikabend

The Columbus Weekend Online Musikabend was presented on Sunday, October 11, 2020, by the Schiller Institute Chorus

An evening of Classical music, Spirituals and poetry, opened with from Liliana Gorini, president of the Italian Civil Rights Solidarity Movement, celebrating Christopher Columbus and the Age of Discovery. 

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Beethoven: Mankind's Destiny Is to Be Immortal

On Sunday September 27th, 2020, musician My-Hoa Steger presented the final class in the Summer Lecture Series, on the subject of Beethoven's compositional method.

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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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