Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

Thursday, March 20 at 7:00pm

Regular Admission Prices


Part of our One Hit Wonders series, showcasing great new documentaries at special one-night-only screenings!

Co-presented by Tucson Symphony Orchestra

With a post-film “TSO Conversation at The Loft” featuring George Hanson, TSO Music Director and Conductor and Shawn Campbell, TSO Vice President of Artistic Engagement & Education. PLUS, enter our FREE RAFFLE for tickets to the TSO performance of “The Ring Without Words,” April 4 and 6, 2014!


"Thrilling ... smartly assembled and gracefully paced." - Daniel M. Gold, New York Times

“A majestic sonic travelogue … as transformative as it sets out to be.” – John Oursler, Village Voice

“The reach of Beethoven's final great work extends way beyond the concert hall, as this stirring documentary attests.” - David Noh, Screen Journal International


Filmed on 5 continents and in 12 countries, the stirring new documentary Following the Ninth follows the dramatic and inspirational stories of four people whose lives have been transformed by Beethoven’s message in his celebrated Ninth Symphony. 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, where men inside took hope when they heard their voices. Each December in Japan, the Ninth is performed hundreds of times, often with 10,000 people in the chorus, and recently, the Ninth was showcased in a very special concert for the victims of the earthquake and Tsunami. The Berlin Wall, symbol of division and oppression, comes 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 unique power it has to liberate us, to shield us against suffering, and to provide hope and resilience for us in dark times. (Dir. by Kerry Candaele, 2013, USA / Germany / UK / Austria / Chile / China / Japan / South Africa, in English and with subtitles, 78 mins., Not Rated, Area 23a) Digital



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