Director Kerry Candaele presents his global, cinematic journey that explores the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest compositions. Speaking with Guillermo Figueroa of the Santa Fe Symphony in an online webinar, Candeale discusses how Ludwig van Beethoven, completely deaf and adrift from the people he loved, composed his Ninth Symphony as an act of transcendence near the end of his life. It has become a worldwide anthem of hope, from the protests in Tiananmen Square to the resistance movement in Pinochet’s Chile.


Kerry Candaele has filmed all over the world, including China, South Africa, Morocco, Indonesia, Chile, and many European countries. He taught history and politics at Occidental College, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Marymount Manhattan College. He has worked with NGOs in Guatemala, East Timor, the West Bank and Gaza City on democracy building projects. Kerry is the author of three books and many articles on U.S. history and popular culture. His writing has appeared in The Nation, USA Today, the Huffington Post, Symphony Magazine, Alternet, and other print and online publications. His most recent book, Journeys With Beethoven, co-authored with Greg Mitchell, covers the making of his film Following The Ninth. He is also a composer and musician, with three released albums.

Guillermo Figueroa is the Principal Conductor of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, Music Director of the Lynn Philharmonia in Florida, and is the founder of the highly acclaimed Figueroa Music and Arts Project in Albuquerque. He has performed to critical acclaim around the world, including at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, with many of the leading artists of our time, including Itzhak Perlman, YoYo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Olga Kern, Janos Starker, James Galway, Midori, Horacio Gutierrez, the Emerson and Fine Arts String Quartets. A renowned violinist, Guillermo’s recording of Ernesto Cordero’s violin concertos received a Latin GRAMMY® nomination in 2012.