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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December 28th, 2019 Memorial Ceremony for the Alexandrov Ensemble

The Schiller Institute NYC Chorus closed the year giving tribute to the Alexandrov Ensemble (also known as the Red Army Chorus). On Christmas Day, 2016 a Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner of the Russian Defence Ministry crashed into the Black Sea shortly after taking off from Sochi International Airport, Russia, while en route to Khmeimim Air Base, Syria. All 92 passengers and crew on board, including 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble were killed.

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Holiday Extravaganza at Columbia Secondary School in Harlem

The Schiller Institute Chorus had a wonderful time with a great bunch of talented students at Columbia Secondary School in Harlem on December 18, 2019. 

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Beethoven 250th Year Begins at Carnegie Hall

The Schiller Institute NYC Chorus joined the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture at Carnegie Hall on December 16, 2019 in launching the year-long celebration of Beethoven's 250th year, .

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Schiller Institute Chorus Back in Bronx Little Italy for Bach Magnificat

From the combined chorus Messiah Concert at St. Mark's in Harlem, the Chorus rushed to Little Italy in the Bronx for its second concert of the day, featuring the great Bach Magnificat.

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