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FW: From Molly Wryn: Santa Barbara Screening of Following The Ninth

From: stan k.
Sent on: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:54 AM

This should be worth seeing.  I’ve seen the previews, and it looks amazing.

Let’s remember that Beethoven looked upon God as an equal, and used a poem by Schiller, the closest thing to an Atheist that early 19th Century Europe had.

Anyone want to carpool from Camarillo?



From: Molly Wryn [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Sunday, May 26,[masked]:17 PM
To: Molly Wryn
Subject: Fwd: From Molly Wryn: Santa Barbara Screening of Following The Ninth




Dear Friends,


I am honored, as one of the producers of the documentary Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony, to invite you to attend the first public screening of this remarkable film directed by my friend, Kerry Candaele, on Tuesday, June 4th at the Marjorie Luke Theater in Santa Barbara. I hope you will join us after the screening to celebrate this inspiring work of art which was years in the making. An inspired work of great passion for the music and of incredible revelation as Kerry discovered the many stories of our fellow human beings who played and sang Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as they struggled to seek social justice, or to survive traumatic acts of nature.


During the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, women sang Ode to Joy outside the torture prisons to give the prisoners hope and courage. In 1989 Chinese student protesters broadcast Ode to Joy on the loudspeakers in Tienanmen Square as troops marched in to crush them. At the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ode to Joy was sung in celebration of the East Germans new freedom as they reunited with their West German brothers and sisters. Ode to Joy uplifted the spirits of the Japanese people in the post-tsunami rebuilding of Japan. Ode to Joy is about joy, brotherhood - alle menschen werden bruder/all men will be brothers - and connections across borders to all humanity.


Kerry was recently interviewed by Santa Barbara's KDB classical station producer Apryl Lundsten. "The movie is incredibly inspiring...and does one of the best things a film can do. It is a real gift to experience art that makes you inspired and curious and eager to learn more." Apryl Lundsten, Producer, KDB Radio, Santa Barbara.


Please see the flyer attached below with the accompanying note to me from Kerry. I encourage you to reserve your tickets as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing you on the 4th! This film experience will leave your hearts uplifted and your souls inspired. I promise!


With gratitude....and joyous anticipation!

Molly Wryn

PS Please feel free to forward this flyer!

Hi Molly,

Thank you for passing around the flyer for my film about the global impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to your (and some of my) friends in Santa Barbara and Lompoc. I look forward to seeing all of you on June 4th at the Marjorie Luke Theater, and then for a fun reception after the screening at one of Santa Barbara wine bars, details coming soon.

As you know, I spent five years traveling across the globe, and found some fascinating stories about how Beethoven's music was used in struggles for freedom, from students inTiananmen Square in 1989, to women in Chile who peacefully resisted the the Pinochet dictatorship in the 1970s and 80s. There are other compelling stories that take us to Japan and Germany, England and South Africa. Even the Santa Barbara Symphony gets a cameo appearance in the film.Tickets may be purchased at or ("Buy Tickets" tab).

I look forward to hanging out with you and and others before and after the film. Yours, Kerry


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