|a picture a friend took from our rehearsal this afternoon|
We welcome 10,000 Japanese people to join us in making music together. 13,000 people apply for the honor, 10,000 are chosen with a few thousand seats remaining for the"audience" who will also sing. Several choirs will join through telecast. They have all been rehearsing for 3 months in separate choir groupings and are well-prepared, music fully memorized, German pronunciation conquered.
In this stadium of fellow performers, for whom are we performing? It is at once grand and intimate. A world brought together by Beethoven and a Japanese vision.