Leonard Bernstein and assistant Craig Urquhart at the Berlin Wall

Leonard Bernstein’s concert in celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall has become almost as legendary as the revolutionary moment it celebrated. Recorded at Berlin’s beautiful Schauspielhaus on Christmas Day 1989, Bernstein made history with this performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducting musicians from East and West Germany as well as from the four countries that occupied Berlin after World War II. Witness Bernstein and his multinational ensemble transform the famous “Ode to Joy” into a stirring “Ode to Freedom.”

“The experience of watching and listening to this performance will go some way to enable us all, German or non-German, to relive those truly momentous days.”
– MusicWeb International

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165 West 65th Street

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FILM

Ode to Freedom: Bernstein Conducts Beethoven's Ninth

Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm Walter Reade Theater

Directed by Humphrey Burton (1989)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus With members of Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra of the Leningrad Kirov Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris

Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Running time: 85 minutes
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