Schiller Institute To Hold Concert
of Mozart Requiem in Boston
To Honor JFK’s Vision of the Future
WASHINGTON, D.C. Dec. 27, 2013 (Schiller Institute)On Sunday, January 19, 2014, the Schiller Institute will present Mozart's Requiem in D minor at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Massachusetts as a remembrance of John F. Kennedy, and a re-commitment to the principles of his Presidency. The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic January 19, 1964 performance of Mozart's Requiem and pontifical mass, held at the Cathedral and presided over by Richard Cardinal Cushing, at which Boston mourned her fallen son. The 1964 event in Boston, though less known than the state funeral held on November 25, 1963, was attended by the President's widow, members of the Kennedy family, thousands of citizens, and was viewed on television by millions nationwide.
It is fitting, 50 years later, to commemorate the spirit of cultural and economic progress that John F. Kennedy's leadership represents for America and the world. With this spirit, President Kennedy confronted and sought to overcome the terrifying prospects of global war, poverty, and human degradation that faced the nation and the world during his time. In the intervening years, these existential problems have come to threaten mankind in even greater magnitude; but the national mind that had once joyfully embraced the challenge to conquer the Moon, has been supplanted by a spirit that belittles the sacredness of the human individual and the power of human creativity.
Let us honor the memory of John Kennedy by not only reflecting on what was, and what could have been, but on how our culture has changed, and how we must now recommit ourselves to its renewal. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem is a most fitting tribute to John F. Kennedy, as Mozart's work communicates the same optimism and belief in man's infinite progress to which President Kennedy dedicated his life. The spark of optimism which marked the Kennedy era, though dimmed, is still present among us because it was embedded in the very fabric of the nation from its founding.
This concert is one of a series of events in Europe and the United States sponsored by the Schiller Institute, entitled "A New Paradigm for Mankind." The Schiller Institute was founded by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, wife of American statesman and economist Lyndon LaRouche, and is dedicated to sparking a revival of Classical culture. The concert will be performed by the Schiller Institute Chorus, along with an orchestra and soloists assembled for the occasion by the Schiller Institute. The performance will be at the natural Verdi tuning of A=432 Hz.
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