TWO-DAY MANHATTAN PROJECT
SATURDAY, June 25th, 2016, 1:00-5:00 pm
Executive Intelligence Review Conference:
“Declare Independence from the British Empire
Join Russia, China and India in Global Economic Development”
Presentations by Diane Sare, LaRouche Policy Committee; senior diplomats and infrastructure experts and others
Beacon Hotel, 2130 Broadway @75th Street, Beacon Room
*Pre-registration is required to attend this event.
SUNDAY, June 26th, 2016, 4:00-7:00 pm
A Memorial Tribute to Sylvia Olden Lee
The Schiller Institute NYC Chorus and the
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
This concert will be performed at the Verdi tuning of C= 256 Hz.
The strategic context for this weekend's events and the next 10 crucial days, was made extremely clear in recent remarks of Helga Zepp-LaRouche in speaking with the LaRouche Policy Committee. Helga Zepp-LaRouche stated:
“The crucial thing is to mediate the historic tension of this moment, throughout our movement and beyond. The biggest danger would be for people to go on with business as usual, thinking that, well, we have always been saying there was a crisis. But right now, look at all the elements coming together: the war danger, the military maneuvers, the NATO summit, the fight to prolong the anti-Russian sanctions, the possibility of Britain's exit from the EU, and with it the collapse of the financial system. And on the positive side, there's the St. Petersburg Economic Forum where Italian Prime Minister Renzi, European Commission President Juncker, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon are going with many CEOs. Russia is not isolated at all! Then Xi Jinping will come for a five-day trip to Central Europe and Central Asia, starting with Poland June 17. There is all the progress around the Silk Road, integration, the Eurasian Economic Union, and ASEAN, as more train routes are also continuing to be opened between China and Europe.
“So all of this is moving forward, and the tension is: Which system will prevail? Will it be the global development partnership which is on the horizon and moving forward, or will the forces of the empire go for the annihilation of mankind? The tension between these two dynamics has never been as acute as right now. That's the sense we have to mediate. If they think it's just Orlando, or just this or just that, then they don’t understand it at all. And the reason that the Walter Jones initiative, H.Res.779 [which mandates the Congress to release the 28 pages without bothering with begging permission from Obama or the CIA, which is the constitutional right of the Congress--ed.], is so important in this context, is because that could derail the whole British-Saudi foreign policy of the United States, which is the crux of the matter. So, the Walter Jones resolution is an integral part of the initiative to change it, but people must not treat it as a single issue, but instead say that that's how you can do something to stop the war danger. And you have to learn how all of these things hang together.
“And what we have to do is to communicate that this is probably the most important punctum saliens in human history. And we have to elevate people onto the stage of strategic world-historical developments.”
Join us for this history making weekend!
Background Material for June 26th Concert
Invitation and Background
The Schiller Institute and the Foundation For The Revival Of Classical Culture will co-sponsor a symposium/concert, “In Praise of Sylvia Lee”. This concert will begin a one-year celebration and commemoration of the life of one of America's great classical musicians and vocal teachers, Sylvia Olden Lee (June 29, 1917-April 10, 2004), a member of the Schiller Institute Advisory board from the 1990s until her death. Our goal is that at the end of that period--by June 2017--the 1500-person Schiller Institute Community Chorus project will be achieved.
During 1993-2000, Sylvia Lee worked particularly in Washington D.C., with the Schiller Institute, with Diane Sare, Lynne Speed, and others, to create a community chorus there. The focus of the work was upon D.C.'s youth, and used African-American Spirituals contained in the play Through The Years, written by the late Amelia Boynton Robinson. Amelia Robinson was the Schiller Institute's vice-president for 22 years, and the originator of the 1965 Selma, Alabama, civil rights campaign. Amelia Robinson was simultaneously a board member of the Martin Luther King Center for non-Violent Social Change in Atlanta, founded by Coretta Scott King, serving at Mrs. King's request in that capacity.
Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche had for years advocated that Amelia's play be performed, be revived, complete with the 20 Spirituals contained therein. Twenty performances of the play were presented, including to an 1800 person overflow audience at Howard University. This work was in turn embedded in frequent concerts given in D.C. at many churches and at locations such as Constitution Hall, featuring William Warfield, George Shirley, Elvira Green, Robert McFerrin, Gregory Hopkins, and many other Classical music vocalists, often accompanied by Sylvia.
Sylvia firmly believed that the great practitioners of the Classical repertoire of the future were going to come from the garage stations, convenience stores, bowling alleys and street corners of the United States. Great music could not merely be occasionally passively experienced, but must be actively lived. In that way, the mind is inspired to assist the soul in the highest of human aspirations, no matter in what field. Diane Sare worked with Sylvia in Washington in this capacity, as did John Sigerson, co-author of the Schiller Institute's Manual On Registration And Tuning. They also worked closely with Silvia's colleagues Robert McFerrin and William Warfield, who was also a Schiller Institute Board Member and a 50-year associate of Sylvia's, from 1942, long before their joint work with the Institute.
The Manual On Registration And Tuning, which establishes the necessity of a C equal to 256 cycles per second (cps), proves that the A must be no higher than 435, and should lie in the range of 427 to 432 cps. This pitch has been also known for over a century as the “Verdi pitch,” because of Giuseppe Verdi's successful campaign to pass legislation to that effect in the Italian parliament. The idea for the “music manual” originated with economist Lyndon LaRouche, who insisted from the mid-1980s on this correction of the much higher A at 440, 445, 450, etc. now “criminally standard” in today's concert halls. Sylvia's “Saving Young Lyric Voices In Advance” campaign fit perfectly with the aspirations of the Institute in this regard.
Sylvia was, as teacher, researcher and vocalist Elizabeth Nash stated, “an untapped vein of marching American musical history.” Her mastery of the operatic repertoire was so complete that she virtually never referred to scores, and could transpose at will even the most complex of arias. Her self-assigned life mission, which brought her into an eleven-year collaboration with the Schiller Institute starting in 1993, was called “Project SYLVIA--Saving Young Lyric Voices In Advance.” The project was dedicated to her mother, a world-class singer and pianist, after whom Sylvia was named. (Her father was also a musician, singing in the renowned Fisk Quartet, which also included the extraordinary tenor Roland Hayes.)
Sylvia was uncompromisingly proud of her African-American heritage, and the fact that her grandfather, who was born in 1845, after escaping from a Kentucky slave plantation had served in the Civil War, first as a water boy and then as a combatant. Sylvia's mother was given the opportunity to sing at New York City's Metropolitan Opera, but only if she agreed to “pass for white,” which she refused to do. It was not until 1946, merely 70 years ago, that Camilla Williams would become the first African-American to sign with a major American opera company, despite the fact that composer Antonin Dvorak, who lived in New York City from 1892 until 1895, performed at that time with African-American singers and instrumentalists as soloists (soprano Sissieretta Jones et al.) at locations such at Madison Square Garden, demonstrably in opposition to the racist policy of the Metropolitan Opera.
Sylvia, in a “willed historical irony,” would become the first African-American to be contracted by the Met, as a vocal coach, in 1954. It would be through Sylvia that the great Marian Anderson would “break the Met color bar” in 1955, an event in the field of music as important as Jackie Robinson's “breaking the color bar” in sports in October 1945.
What You Should Do
For those who are finally fed up with America's decline, there is a clear pathway out. The economic and scientific pathway is clear. The material capabilities exist. The inner life of the people, however, is a cesspool. They have been induced to commit spiritual mass suicide, and, like most other cultures in history, will do so, if not convinced otherwise.
What is needed is a fight against “volunteered slavery”. Only by transforming America's inner life, and not for this generation's sake, but for the sake of the future--for the purpose of an immediate, sweeping upshift in living standards, scientific aspirations, and mutual concern for the advance of humanity's future as a whole--can any other “immediate” societal problems be addressed and resolved. We are capable of that, but only if we can “discover an untapped vein of marching American music history” in the person and practice of persons such as Sylvia Olden Lee.
How You Can Help
1) Bring people to the symposium/concert on Sunday June 26, at Good Shepherd Church on 66th St, in Manhattan near Lincoln Center, at 4 PM
2) Join the Schiller Institute New York Community Chorus
3) Become a member of the Schiller Institute
4) Become a subscriber to the Foundation For The Revival Of Classical Culture concert series
5) Circulate this to your email and Facebook pages, and in any other way appropriate
6) Inform other musicians, choruses and educators of this event
People can join and/or donate to the Schiller Institute online at http://www.schillerinstitute.org/about/membership.html