Following The Ninth: In The Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, is a documentary film taking us on a cinematic journey across five continents and into the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest works of art.
Completely deaf and adrift from the people he loved, Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony as an act of transcendence near the end of his life, in 1824. Looking into his own abyss, Beethoven wrote his Ode to Joy for himself, for the people of his day, and for all generations to come.
Today, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony resonates still as the international anthem of hope. The Ninth buoyed the protesters in Tiananmen Square, provided solace to those struggling for freedom in Pinochet’s Chile, and continues to fill seats in symphony halls and karaoke bars from London to Tokyo and Cape Town. Following The Ninth captures the power and beauty of Beethoven’s grand and world-transforming achievement, touching the lives of people around the world for nearly 200 years.
Beethoven’s Ninth offers beauty in the face of suffering, presenting ideas all can understand: art allows us to transcend, heal, repair, and bring people together across every boundary that divides us.
The key line from Fredrich’s Schiller’s poem set to music by Beethoven in the Ninth, Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All Men Will Become Brothers) makes this monumental symphony a constant reminder of our human potential for creating a more sensitive and humane connection to everything and everyone around us.
Following the Ninth is a cinematic celebration of the most profound musical testament to tolerance, peace and connection across all borders the world has shared for centuries. A tapestry of cultures, musicality, voices and ideas, Following the Ninth traces an indelible path from Beethoven’s pen to the sights and sounds of virtually every corner of the world where his final symphony has sounded. Join us.
The screening is sponsored in part by Senseney Music and The Independent School.
The Wichita Symphony Orchestra will be performing ODE TO JOY on April 5 and 6th. More information can be found here.