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After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the Schauspielhaus (now: Konzerthaus) in East Berlin on 25 December 1989. The soloists were June Anderson, Sarah Walker, Klaus König and Jan-Hendrik Rootering. Chorus and orchestra consisted of musicians from East and West Germany as well as from the United States, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union - the four victorious World War II allies who were still responsible for governing Berlin at the time. For the final chorus, Bernstein substituted the word "Freiheit" (freedom) for "Freude" (joy) to reflect his personal message. "I'm sure that Beethoven would have given us his blessing," added Mr. Bernstein.

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    1989

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    Germany

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