Saturday, December 24, 2016

Ode to Freedom

On December 25, 1989, Bernstein conducted Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus as part of a celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He had conducted the same work in West Berlin the previous day. The concert was broadcast live in more than twenty countries to an estimated audience of 100 million people. For the occasion, Bernstein reworded Friedrich Schiller's text of the Ode to Joy, substituting the word Freiheit (freedom) for Freude (joy). Wiki

Remembering the Berlin attack victims, their families and Germany this Christmas. Be safe and thanks to law enforcement and military all over the world this Christmas, who will be away from home so that we may be free to celebrate our faith.

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