Ode to a Joyful Night

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Eric Owens voice envelops the Powell Hall nightscape and horn player Julie Thayer offers her theories and appreciations of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in this week’s video blog.

Play Memory – Beethoven 9

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Cinematographer Joshua Dobkins and I took a road trip to Missouri’s Rhineland, where bassoonist Felicia Foland and her spouse Kati Guerra live in their 19th-century home. We figured it was a good spot to talk about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, since so many of the immigrants who settled along that stretch of the Missouri River Valley came from Germany, many with Beethoven tunes in their head, for sure. And considering the Play Memory theme, we knew this combination of landscape, history, and Foland’s own thoughts and recollections about a work she has performed many times would be well-worth the long drive. We never expected we’d get such a good lunch though. Thanks, Kati!