Cultural and Political Milestone In Boston • 1,200 Attend Schiller Institute Requiem Concert Honoring JFK
January 20, 2014 • 4:17PM

An estimated 1,200 people attended a Sunday afternoon concert performance of the Mozart Requiem in Boston in honor of the late President John F. Kennedy, sponsored by the Schiller Institute. The event was held at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, where 50 years ago to the day, with the Kennedy family in attendance, the Requiem Mass was held in service of our fallen President.

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.

The proceedings of the event will be made available on the Schiller Institute website