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The Schiller Institute NYC Chorus and the
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture Presents

Symposium and Musical Tribute
In Praise of Sylvia Olden Lee

June 26th, 2016
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
New York, New York

Invitation and Background, including "Project SYLVIA"


Program in PDF format

Introduction and Greetings
Dennis Speed, Schiller Institute

“Sylvia Speaks!” Video presentation

“Working with Ms. Lee”
Elvira Green, Artist In Residence, North Carolina Central University

“Saving Voices, Saving Grace”
Tony Morss, Board Member, Foundation For The Revival of Classical Culture

Part One

Invocation: “City Called Heaven”
Elvira Green

Schiller Institute New York Community Chorus
Diane Sare, conductor

"Go Down, Moses", arr. Sylvia Lee

"Come Out De Wilderness", traditional

"My Lord, What a Morning", arr. H.T. Burleigh

All soloists will be accompanied by Robert Wilson except where noted.

"Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted", from Handel’s Messiah
John Sigerson, tenor

"Ritorna vincitor", from Verdi’s Aïda
Indira Mahajan, soprano

"Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix", from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah
Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano

"O Rest in the Lord", from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano

Lenksy’s Aria, from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Everett Suttle, tenor

"The Lark", by Mikhael Glinka
Frank Mathis, baritone

"Dio che nell’alma infondere" (“Friendship Duet” from Verdi’s Don Carlos)
Everett Suttle and Frank Mathis

"Du bist die Ruh" by Franz Schubert
Michelle Fuchs, soprano

"Adelaide" by Ludwig van Beethoven
John Sigerson, tenor
accompanied by Margaret Greenspan

Plegaria (Los tres amores)
Everett Suttle, tenor

"Que te importa que no venga" from the Zarzuela “Los Claveles” by Jose Serrano
Rosa D’Imperio, soprano

"Anch’io dischiuso un giorno" (Cavatina and Cabaletta sections from Verdi’s Nabucco)
Rosa D’Imperio, soprano

"Va, pensiero" from Verdi’s Nabucco
Chorus and Soloists


Part Two

“Reflections On Sylvia”
Gregory Hopkins

The Life of Christ Cycle by Roland Hayes
Elvira Green, narrator
Everett Suttle, tenor
Frank Mathis, baritone

I. Prepare Me One Body

Christ’s Birth, Boyhood and Ministry

II. Sister Mary Had-a But One Child
III. Lit’l Boy
IV. Live a-Humble
V. Hear de Lambs a-Cryin’
VI. Plenty Good Room

The Passion of Our Lord

VII. The Last Supper
VIII. They Led My Lord Away
IX. He Never Said A Mumberlin’ Word
X. Did You Hear When Jesus Rose?
XI. ’Roun’ About de Mountain
XII. Were You There?

"Great Day", arr. Hall Johnson
Chorus and Soloists