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Dialogue of Cultures
The Schiller Institute has been sponsoring Classical music concerts since its inception in 1984, which feature both amateur and professional soloists and choruses. Since 1986 we have used the scientific tuning, known as the Verdi Pitch, of C=256Hz.
In this section you will find a small sampling of Concert Program texts, from Schiller Institute concerts and events, beginning in 1990. We have noted where there is a descriptive article linked, rather than just the program.
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If you would like to participate and/or support this work, or if you wish to develop musical activities in your own area, please contact us at 703-297-8368, or use our address and email at the bottom of the page.
|© Stuart K. Lewis
|Concert finale from For a Marian Anderson National Conservatory of Music Movement, May 27, 1994 at the Rankin Memorial Chapel of Howard University in Washington D.C. From left are: Rev. James Cokley, George Shirley, Detra Battle, Kehembe (Valerie Eichelberger), William Warfield and Robert McFerrin.
CONCERTS and EVENTS
As Friedrich Schiller argued, Classical art has the specific function of educating the passions, and thus providing the individual within society that personal moral character on which the successful emergence and continued existence of a democratic republic depends absoultely.
Learn to sing, and teach others the beautiful chorus of Hebrew slaves from Verdi's Nabucco, called "Va Pensiero." Click here for a PDF file of the vocal score (no accompaniment) , and the Schiller Institute's English translation of VA PENSIERO.
Concert Program Texts (above)
Every year, in various locations around the globe, lovers of Freedom, Truth, and Beauty celebrate the ideas associated with our beloved Poet of Freedom, on his birthday, November 10, with poetry recitations, drama selections, classical music, and "Spieltriebe" ("creative playfulness").
Write, email, or call 703-297-8368 to participate in Schiller Birthday Celebrations which may be taking place in your local area, or in setting up such activities. (An educational film is available for a history of Schiller and his life.)
In 1859, the turbulent year in which Abraham Lincoln campaigned for President, hundreds of American cities enjoyed performances of Schiller's dramas and recitations of his poetry, sponsored by the local citizens as well as professional actors. Monuments and other memorials were created to honor the 100th anniversary of Schiller's birth. The Ode to Joy, set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven, (the 4th "Choral" movement of the Ninth Symphony,) was heard from coast to coast, which, in turn assisted in shaping an environment in which Lincoln's own ideas of Freedom and Justice could be assimilated by the population.
Embolden yourself to be wise! Use these ideas to wake up your slumbering neighbors and fellow citizens, who may not realize the importance, and the power, of Classical Culture in these troubled times.
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