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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Morning in the Church of Beethoven

Continuing our weekly feature, Just launched five days ago: cool video of wonderful flash mob that I helped organize in Nyack, N.Y.--in a former church--following a sold-out screening of our Following the Ninth film (which I co-produced). The hosts for the screening, Rivertown Film Society, shot it from the balcony and with three roving cameras on the floor, then edited the video. The musicians hail from local orchestras, arranged by Arlene Keiser,  with singers from Nyack High. They had exactly one rehearsal just before the screening, at another site. Yes, the audience was surprised. Of course, the message is: universal brotherhood/sisterhood.

This is in keeping with the theme of the film (featured in recent segments on Bill Moyers' PBS show and NPR's "All Things Considered"), which explores the amazing influence of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony around the world, and our book, Journeys With Beethoven.  In fact, there is now a global phenomenon of "Ode to Joy" flash mobs around the world and I've posted some of them over the past few months.   Maybe you'd like to try it your home town?  BTW, we're doing a second screening of the film in Nyack on Feb. 19.

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