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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Bernstein, Beethoven and the Berlin Wall, At Christmas

In 1989,  Leonard Bernstein conducted a massive orchestra and international chorus (including kids)  doing Beethoven's Ninth in Berlin at Christmas to mark the tearing down of the Berlin Wall just outside, as Berliners went wild--with the lyrics changed from "Ode to Joy" to "Ode to Freedom."  It was aired live on TV in Germany and around the globe.   It's featured in the new Kerry Candaele film on the Ninth, which I co-produced (for more info and trailer).  Also featured in the film: Billy Bragg.   My email:  epic1934@aol.com.  Here's a clip from the Lenny concert:

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