“Following the Ninth”

WICHITA, Kansas – Arguably the greatest piece of music ever written is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and it is credited for bringing the world together in times of strife.

The work is now the subject of a new documentary called “Following the Ninth”. The public will be able to see and hear it in Wichita thanks to a partnership between the Tallgrass Film Festival and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

“I think people will realize the universal message that’s in Beethoven’s ninth, which has really struck a chord in many people, literally all over the world,” said Kerry Candaele, the director of the documentary

“I fell in love with the music first as a young man in my 20s. I loved my rock and roll but by accident heard the symphony when I was in a friends car and I was in awe,” said Candaele.

Candaele says that awe led him to listen more and read up on Beethoven’s Ninth. Realizing the worldwide effect held by one piece of music written in Germany, Candaele dreamed big.

“I though let’s take a wild leap and maybe a net will appear. So I started out on a journey,” said Candaele.

That journey eventually led to his directing the documentary “Following the Ninth” which will be screened in Wichita Wednesday night at the Orpheum Theatre.

“It’s an upbeat film, it’s positive, it’s meant to be because the ninth symphony of course is the same thing. It takes you on an emotional journey of different feelings,” said Candaele.

And it’s a partnership with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra which will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in just a week, on April 5th and 6th.

“I think it puts in perspective the universality of the work, if they see how it’s touched so many people around the world. A lot of people like to think of Beethoven’s ninth symphony as a great piece of music but they don’t see how music can affect us,” said Daniel Hege, the principal conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets to Wednesday night’s showing of “Following the Ninth” are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The film starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. You can also catch the Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on April 5th and 6th.

To purchase tickets you can follow this link.

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