In celebration of John F. Kennedy’s 100th Birthday on May 29th, we are proud to replay a concert by the Schiller Institute Chorus, augmented by additional singers and an orchestra largely comprised of volunteers from the New England Conservatory of Music, presenting Mozart’s Requiem in its entirety to an audience of 1,200 at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. This concert was performed exactly 50 years to the day, January 19, of a 1964 Solemn High Requiem Mass specially requested by the Kennedy family.
Schiller Institute performs Mozart’s Requiem at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross
The event began with a brief greeting from Raymond Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and Ambassador to the Vatican. Ambassador Flynn conveyed his greetings also on behalf of Cardinal O’Malley, the current Cardinal of the Boston Archdiocese. Founder of the Schiller Institute, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, also spoke briefly, underscoring the urgency of the present generation of leadership internalizing Kennedy’s vision and becoming the vehicles for his immortality. Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche cited the recent writings of Pope Francis in which he applies the commandment “Thou shallt not kill” as the necessary standard for economic and political justice globally. Matthew Ogden read written greetings to the commemorative concert from the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, from Boston City Councilman Stephen J. Murphy, and from Nicholas Di Virgilio, the tenor soloist at the original 1964 Requiem performance. Audio excerpts from several of Kennedy’s speeches were played at various points during the afternoon, interspersed with the Requiem music. At the conclusion of the Requiem, the audience immediately broke into a standing ovation.