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Ode to Joy

Tomorrow, we will be in for a treat. The Orquestra Simfònica de Balears ‘Ciutat de Palma’ will give a Benefit Concert at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Projecte Home Balears on Friday, June 29th, at 21h30 in the Catedral de Palma. Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony will be performed at the festive occasion and the Coral Universitaria will provide the choir performance. Tickets are still available for 10 €, 20 € and 30 €, all going to Projecte Home Balears and their untiring efforts to combat drug addiction and substance dependence.

The Ninth Symphony in D minor, Opus 125, was composed by Beethoven 190 years ago (1822 to 1824) and dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm III, King of Prussia. The symphony was first performed in Vienna on May 7th, 1824. Ignaz Schuppanzigh directed the orchestra, in the presence of the composer. The symphony was a great success, and its first performance had five recalls, of which the Emperor lasted only for three.

Beethoven composed his symphony and added an Ode to Joy at the end of the fourth movement. To add an ending with choir was an idea which he had mused upon since 1807. For this purpose, he decided on a version dating from 1803, revised by Schiller himself.

The photo (top) was taken in Palma, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 19th, 2011. The time was 13:42:37.

The images (centre and bottom) were borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of and

Thank you very much, and

muchas gracias.

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