Ode to Orderly Joy


45 minutes

Performed by members of the Penn State Concert Choir
Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

The final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, also known as Ode to Joy, has served as an anthem for different regimes around the world, often as a symbol of national pride and praise for socio-economic prosperity.

In Ode to Orderly Joy, the choir sings and chants variations of the familiar composition in confinement, resulting in a haunting and melancholic overtone - a comment on today’s fraught political environment.

*Special thanks: Lonnie Graham, Christopher Kiver, Ann Tarantino, Michele Dunleavy, and the Borland Project Space of Penn State University