Symposium: The Art of the Negro Spiritual

On February 21, 2021 the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus presented a symposium on The Art of the Negro Spiritual. Speakers included Elvira, former mezzo soprano of the Metropolitan Opera; Diane Sare, founder of the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus; Robert Wilson, NYC musician, composer, voice coach and former organist at Convent Avenue Baptist Church; Dennis Speed of the Schiller Institute; and Gregory Hopkins, Minister of Music at Convent Avenue Baptist Church.

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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. On Sunday, January 24th, 2021, the Schiller Institute Chorus celebrated his birthday.

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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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