The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture

in collaboration with Harlem Opera Theater and Schiller Community Chorus presents:

From The Mountaintop:
The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, April 9, 2018, 7:00 PM
St. Bartholomew’s Church
325 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Classical musical dramatic retrospective “From the Mountaintop”
Featuring classical works and African- American Spirituals in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision for the future


Mr. Ed Asner, Actor, Former former President of the Screen Actors Guild

Dr. Simon Estes, Internationally renowned Bass-Baritone

Dr. Roland Carter, Distinguished composer, conductor and pianist

Performances by Schiller Institute NYC chorus and leading guest soloists.

On April 9, 1968, 50 years ago, the funeral of Martin Luther King was held in Atlanta Georgia. This April 9,the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture invites you to join us, not to commemorate King’s untimely death, but, rather, to celebrate the triumph of his stand against injustice, even at the cost of his life. “You are never defeated if you don’t stop fighting.”


About the event, Download here



"Thank you for letting me be part of such a beautiful commemoration!"  -H.

"This was the best educational program that I've seen. Outstanding! It was soulfully filling and inspirational!!"  - Principal, Mt. Vernon HS

"I enjoyed the program very much, indeed. It was a tad long due to no intermission but I see how an intermission would NOT have worked with the flow of the program. So, a shorter program may have been more digestible.

"But please don't think that there were parts I didn't enjoy because I was moved MANY times as were the people around me.One of the enjoyable parts for me were the readings by Mr. Asner. He was wonderful and his gruff tone worked so well in the roll it played. A wonderful choice.  Thank you again for a delightful evening."  -M.M.

"I loved the evening, found it so moving and thought-provoking and was moved to tears by the talent and emotion.  Thank you."  -K.

"My son heard about Mondays concert from YPC and we enjoyed it tremendously! He is 13 and attending LaGuardia in the fall and perhaps he can engage in your organization."  -M.


              April 9th program with narration. Download Here.

Dvorak once said that “in the music of the African-American Spirituals lies the same spirit that moves Beethoven’s great symphonies.” Tenor, Everett Suttle, singing “‘Round About the Mountain” at our April 9th “From the Mountaintop” tribute to Dr. King, transcends us beyond mere mortal realms and gives truth to Dvorak’s statement. The Spirituals are truly ever bit a part of Classical culture and music.

The  Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture hosted two days of presentations by NASA scientist Dr. Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan during Women's History Month, March of 2018 to promote our 5-week Summer Program Dr. McGowan hails from NASA Langley, which was recently featured in the 2017 film "Hidden Figures". She received her PhD from the University of Michigan, and her doctorate focused on questions of education and research into creativity.

Dr. McGowan is a true  inspiration to young people -- particularly young women -- to go "where no man has gone before" in science, engineering and aeronautics. The fact that she is also an American of Trinidadian ancestry, whose parents "made it the hard way", personifies what this country is able to accomplish at its best--as the United States space program, and NASA, exemplify.

Einstein famously said in an interview in 1929 that "I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."  How do we imagine putting impossible dreams into action?  Dr. McGowan's emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches in engineering also raises the important question for all students:  The challenge is not merely what we think, but the way we think.  

Brenden Zak Performs Bach's second movement of E minor 

Dr. McGowan's two day visit was sponsored by the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture, which focuses its 5 week summer program on the relation of classical music and science, demonstrating the interrelated beauty of both. Today, it is critical to recognize this beauty and celebrate our own capacity to comprehend its secrets, as we move forward. 

Dr. McGowan's biography is here