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The U.S. Theatrical Premiere of BEETHOVEN’S NINE: ODE TO HUMANITY

June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Followed by a remarkable panel discussion with filmmaker Larry Weinstein, special guests Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and Steven Pinker (both featured in the film), and classical music critic Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe.

In early 2023, filmmaker Larry Weinstein set out to make a documentary about Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It was supposed to be about how far we have come in the two hundred years since it was written. But when world events pull Larry into his own film, the question becomes a deeply personal one. Beethoven’s Nine is a documentary about music, but also about war and hope. It follows nine unique individuals, including Ukrainian musicians, a deaf composer, a Polish rock star, a best-selling author, a legendary cartoonist and Weinstein himself, as they try to better understand the legacy of Beethoven’s Ninth, the composer’s own struggles, the inspiration music can provide and how humanity continues to look for hope even in the darkest times.

  • 6:00 PM: Film Screening
  • Followed by: Panel Discussion


Larry WeinsteinWriter/Director
An acclaimed director known for his musical documentaries, Larry Weinstein has created over 40 films, including Emmy-winning works like “Ravel’s Brain” and “September Songs.” His first film, “Making Overtures,” earned an Oscar nomination. Weinstein’s films have been showcased in over 50 countries, earning numerous awards and recognitions, including the “International Trailblazer” at Cannes’ MIPDOC 2007.

Rebecca Newberger GoldsteinPhilosopher and Novelist
A distinguished philosopher and novelist, Goldstein has authored ten books, including “Plato at the Googleplex” and “36 Arguments for the Existence of God.” She has received the National Medal of the Humanities and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Goldstein currently teaches at the New College of the Humanities in London.

Jeremy EichlerAuthor and Critic
The chief classical music critic of The Boston Globe, Jeremy Eichler is the author of “Time’s Echo,” a book on music, war, and memory. Eichler has won multiple awards and has introduced “Time’s Echo Live,” a multimedia series. He holds a PhD in modern European history from Columbia and has taught at Brandeis University.

Steven PinkerCognitive Scientist
A professor at Harvard, Steven Pinker is known for his research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He has authored influential books such as “The Blank Slate” and “Enlightenment Now.” Pinker is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been recognized as one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Why You Should Attend

Experience an unforgettable evening with the US Theatrical Premiere of “Beethoven’s Nine: Ode to Humanity.” (As featured in The Boston Globe).This thought-provoking documentary by Larry Weinstein not only celebrates the timeless beauty of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony but also explores its profound impact on our world today. Dive into compelling narratives of hope, struggle, and the unifying power of music. Following the film, engage with a distinguished panel of experts, including the filmmaker himself, acclaimed philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, esteemed Harvard professor Steven Pinker, and renowned author Jeremy Eichler. Their insights will provide a deeper understanding of the film’s themes and the legacy of Beethoven’s Ninth.



June 13
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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West Newton Cinema Foundation
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West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street
West Newton, MA United States
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