Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin to commemorate 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall with “Ode to Joy” at Brandenburg Gate

This Sunday, 9 November, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with a performance of the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Brandenburg Gate. The performance is part of a three-day, city-wide celebration of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, which includes a 15 kilometer Lightgrenze, or Light Frontier, from the Wall Memorial to the Brandenburg Gate. The Lightgrenze, by artist Christopher Bauder and filmmaker Marc Bauder, comprises 8,000 illuminated white balloons, each with its own story and patron. The installation also includes large-screen projections of historical film collages, along with guided tours and public exhibits.


Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin’s performance will coincide with the release of the 8,000 balloons as they sail above the German capital. The performance will be broadcast on ARD and rbb beginning at 6.50 p.m. CET.

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