Jan 15, 2014

Performance of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ to mark 50th anniversary of JFK Mass



(Historical photos courtesy of The Schiller Institute)

Staff report

BOSTON – The Schiller Institute will present a performance of Mozart's “Requiem in D Minor” and remarks of remembrance at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St., Boston on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.

The concert will mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the performance of Mozart's “Requiem” and pontifical Mass for the assassinated President John F. Kennedy held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Jan. 19, 1964. The 1964 Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Richard J. Cushing, a close friend of the Kennedy family who had officiated at the marriage of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier and gave the prayer invocation at President Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. Cardinal Cushing also celebrated President Kennedy's funeral Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in 1963.

A press release announcing the performance states, “The intention of the concert is best summed up by Kennedy’s own words delivered just three days before his death on the occasion of the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: ‘From the past, man obtains the insights, wisdom and hope to face with confidence the uncertainties of the future.’

“Nothing expresses the deeper meaning of those words better than Mozart's most beautiful final composition.”

The concert will be performed by the Schiller Institute Chorus along with an orchestra and soloists assembled for the occasion, at the "Verdi" tuning of A=432 Hz. 

The concert is open to the public free of charge.

For more information, call 617-340-6544 or email [email protected].