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Ode to Orderly Joy


2019

Performance
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:
Christopher A. Kiver, director of the Penn State Concert Choir
Lonnie Graham
Michele Dunleavy
Ann Tarantino
And the support from Borland Project Space of Penn State University