Thursday, February 23, 2012

10,000 Maniacs

One of the highlights of our new Journeys with Beethoven book is Kerry's account of his three trips to Japan to witness the annual December phenomenon, when Beethoven's Ninth, or at least is choral finale, is performed around the country in venues large and small by dozens if not hundreds of orchestras and choirs.  Sometimes the choirs swell to 500, 5000, even (see below) 10,000 singers.  The chapter in the book explains the amazing story behind all this.

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