It was used as an anthem by apartheid Rhodesia, the East-West German Olympic team, and currently, the European Union. It served the movements of Bolshevism, Nazism, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. And you can find its melody in a hymnal. This is Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, most famous for its choral finale, the Ode to Joy.
Cultures create music, but then music has a formative influence on its culture. It can deepen religious faith, fortify protest movements, and knit together a community. In this talk, we examine music not just as an aesthetic experience; we look at its context -- the setting of production, performance, reception, legacy -- and its power to influence our lives and communities.
Food and drinks are available for purchase starting at 6:30, and the talk will start around 7:20.