By Dan Gold
Join A Year Without War and Battle Hymns Productions for the world premier of an exciting new documentary: “Following the Ninth”.
Filmed on 5 continents and in 12 countries, “Following The Ninth” is the story of four people whose lives have been transformed and repaired by the message of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony:Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All Men Will Be Brothers).
At Tienanmen 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. The men inside took hope when they heard the voices. In Japan each December, the Ninth is performed hundreds of times, often with 5,000 people in the chorus, and now, with a concert for the victims of the earthquake and Tsunami. The Berlin Wall, symbol of division and oppression, came down in December 1989, as Leonard Bernstein performs Beethoven's Ninth as an “Ode To Freedom”. Part road trip, part adventure story, “Following The Ninth” is an inspirational film about Beethoven's Ninth, the power it has to liberate us, to shield us against suffering, and to provide hope and resilience for us in dark times.
There will be a Post-Screening Q&A with Director Kerry Candaele and Santa Barbara Symphony's Susan Anderson!
Showtime: Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00 pm (Doors Open at 6:00 pm)
Location: Marjorie Luke Theater (on campus of Santa Barbara Jr. High School, 721 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA)
Tickets available for purchase at Box Office starting at 5:00 pm day of the show or by clicking below:
Following the Ninth was produced by Battle Hymns Productions and is co-sponsored by A Year Without War and Area 23a.