The goal of the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture is to inspire young people with great music and great ideas. Most of the 1.2 million children in 1500 New York City secondary public schools don’t have access to language, music or arts programs.

We believe that the music of artists such as Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Verdi and Dvorak is the natural medium to inspire young people and broaden their personal and, eventually, professional horizons.

We would like to see music returned to its proper province as a practice – not a spectator sport. Access to, and possible mastery of, a complex musical instrument fortifies the natural intelligence that lies in every child. Through this a child doesn’t need to merely dream, he or she can know, that anything is possible.


This project is aimed at gathering and encouraging young people to perform portions of Handel’s Messiah by Christmas 2012 with the objective of joining in a performance of the entire piece by Easter of 2013. This is an oratorio that is meant to be sung, not merely heard as entertainment. Composed in English, and it allows children to interact musically through its choral components.

The goal of this project is to form student choruses that emphasize the participation of a city-wide group of students who have never before been asked to work together. Through the medium of choral music, they work, think and cooperate to accomplish a goal that has non-monetary benefit of creating something beautiful for the good of others.


Our next concert will be held on Mother’s Day, May 13th, 2012, at Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. The auditorium holds 2800 people. This audience will be made up of regular concert goers, patrons of FFTROCC and student-guests from all over New York City.

Featured will be Master Pianist Tian Jiang, whose own story will be told. When he was a child in Mao’s China, he had to practice Mozart in secret because “that music” was not allowed to be played. Tian Jiang seeks to inspire young people with his achievements. Once these young people, many of whom are in Carnegie Hall for the first time, are inspired to see themselves as Tian saw himself, we expect our Handel Project to truly take off.

Ticket sales go to benefit the Handel’s Messiah Project. For more information, please go here: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/5/13/0200/PM/Tian-Jiang-Piano/

We are in need of donations and resources to help keep this dynamic after-school program for our city youth alive. If you can please help, please contact:

Lynn Yen
Executive Director