|Maestro Leonard Bernstein at the podium at the beginning of the Christmas Day Freedom|
Concert in East Germany, 1989
Christmas Day, 1989
in the newly former
The YouTube capture of one segment of the concert—Beethoven’s 9th Symphony-- is a bit grainy and the sound is well--it is history we are watching and listening to--n’est-ce pas?
Performed in the Schauspielhaus, which was destroyed in WWII then rebuilt from 1977 on. In 1994 it was renamed Konzerthaus Berlin.
Note: Bernstein changed one word in Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” poem to “Freiheit” (freedom) from freude (joy) for this night only. Bernstein said the change was inspired by the remarkable events of the moment.