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Watch: Cleveland Orchestra musicians perform 'Ode to Joy' in iconic Cleveland locations

Orchestra musicians share a joyful message of hope and beauty through video.
Credit: Cleveland Orchestra

CLEVELAND — For years music has been used a method of healing. For the musicians with the Cleveland Orchestra, they know that to be true and decided to share their joy of music with a video titled, " Beethoven 9 Project."

The video features more than 100 musicians performing Beethoven's "Ode to joy" in more than a dozen iconic location across Greater Cleveland. 

"Hearing some of Beethoven’s most powerful music in iconic public spaces, played by world-class musicians, is an uplifting experience much needed during a time when it is difficult for people to gather to hear live music,"  the Orchestra said in a press release.

The video was inspired by Inspired cellist David Alan Harrell's music video, "Cleveland Bachs."

According to the Orchestra,  Beethoven’s famous “Ode to Joy,” has a "healing message of human brotherhood penned by the poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller" and has uplifted and untied people for nearly 200 years. 

This project was conceived and executed by musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra with support from the Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra administrative staff.)

Watch the video in the player below:

The orchestra filmed at 16 different locations including: 

  • The steps of Severance Hall (the Orchestra’s home)
  • Blossom Music Center (summer home of the Orchestra in Cuyahoga Valley National Park)
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum
  • Lake Erie shore
  • historic League Park (“America’s Historic Ballpark”)
  • Progressive Field
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, 
  • Cleveland Metroparks' polo fields, 
  • Soldiers and Sailors memorial at Public Square
  •  President Garfield’s tomb in Lake View Cemetery