Free Concert Dedicated to All the Victims
of September 11, 2001 and its Aftermath
"It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence."
---Martin Luther King, winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, April 3, 1968,
less than 24 hours before his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee
VIDEO of performance in Morristown, New Jersey on September 12, 2016.
On Saturday, September 10th, the Schiller Institute New York Community Chorus will participate with many other area singers and instrumentalists in a concert of Classical music compositions, including a complete performance of the Requiem of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as a living memorial to all victims, foreign and domestic, of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and the wars that have followed. The performance will take place on Saturday, September 10th, 8:00 pm, at St. Bartholomew's Church, 325 Park Avenue, at 51st Street in Manhattan. All persons of good will are invited to attend.
The performance is sponsored by the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture. Many instrumentalists, the soloists, and individuals from area choruses have responded to the request from the Foundation and its founder Lynn J. Yen, "that this September, as the United Nations opens, let all those who abhor violence and war, drop their differences and come together in a solemn recognition of what is human in all of us. Let Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart speak in the language of music to our hearts, and to what Abraham Lincoln called 'the better angels of our nature'".
This September 11th marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of nearly 3,000 American citizens, and others, at the site of the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. How might there be an appropriate commemoration, a living memorial to those murdered, and their families, that would commit the living to reversing the conditions that allowed these murders in the first place? A new culture of love must rise from the ashes of the culture of hate. Helga LaRouche, the founder of the Schiller Institute, has emphasized that each nation has contributed something great to humanity. It is that greatness that exists in each culture which must become the basis of trust and cooperation among nations.
Known throughout the world for its advocacy and publication of the World Land-Bridge Report, an expansion of its earlier Eurasian Land-Bridge "New Silk Road" proposal of 1996, the Schiller Institute, named after the great German "poet of freedom", Friedrich Schiller, aspires to live by the words of Schiller: "It is through Beauty, that one proceeds to Freedom".
A unique aspect of the St. Bartholomew's performance is that it will take place using the scientific tuning of A=432 Hz, specified by composer Giuseppe Verdi for all Classical music compositions, and proven to be the proper tuning for vocal and instrumental performance in the Schiller Institute's book-length 1988 release, "A Manual On Tuning and Registration." The Requiem will be performed with a 42-piece orchestra, 80-person chorus, and four soloists: Indira Mahajan, soprano; Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano; Everett Suttle, tenor; and Philip Cutlip, baritone. The concert is directed by John Sigerson.
There is no admission charge, though there is an optional suggested contribution of $10. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture at 718-709-8722 or visit fftrocc.org.