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Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies: Following the Ninth, In the Footsteps of Beethovens Last Symphony
February 10 (Monday),
7:00 pm (doors open 6:15)
The Garden House 2336 15th Ave. S., Seattle 98144 (Beacon Hill)
Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies
Following the Ninth explores the meaning, mystery and global impact of on of the world's greatest works of art--Beethoven's hymn to human connection across all borders--the glorious 9th Symphony
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Following the Ninth is a documentary film about the global impact of Beethoven?s final symphony. The film, released in mid-2013, has screened in over 250 cities in the United States and around the globe, with more to come.
Written in 1824, near the end of Beethoven's life, the Ninth Symphony was composed by a man with little to be thankful for. Sick, alienated from almost everyone, and completely deaf, Beethoven had never managed to find love, nor create the family he?d always wanted. And yet, despite this, he managed to create an anthem of joy that embraces the transcendence of beauty over suffering.
Celebrated to this day for its ability to heal, repair, and bring people together across great divides, the Ninth has become an anthem of liberation and hope that has inspired many around the world:
At Tiananmen Square in 1989, students played the Ninth over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their struggle for freedom.
In Chile, women living under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the Ninth at torture prisons, where men inside took hope when they heard their voices.
As the Berlin Wall came down in December 1989, it collapsed to the sound of Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven?s Ninth as an ?Ode To Freedom.?
In Japan each December, the Ninth is performed hundreds of times, often with 10,000 people in the chorus. Following the Ninth gives us insight into the heightened importance of this massive communal Ninth, known as ?Daiku,? in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
Copies of the film will be available for sale. $20
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