September 2, 2020 – Classical Music Month | National Americana Month
What is Your Favorite Classical Music? This One Has Celebration Written All Over It!
Welcome to September 2nd, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we kick off two month long celebrations that are an “Ode to Joy.”
Maybe you’re not a fan of classical music, but I bet you know Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Ode to Joy. Many consider this to be the composer’s greatest work, which is high praise considering the amount of music he created. What makes this symphony so special is that it was composed when Beethoven was deaf. When the 9th Symphony debuted in 1824, he stood with the conductor in front of the orchestra, back turned to the audience. As the performance ended, the crowd erupted into thunderous applause, and because he couldn’t hear, Beethoven had no idea the audience liked it until he turned around and saw the standing ovation. September is Classical Music Month, the perfect time to revisit some of the most beautiful music ever composed.
When we think of the fabric of our great nation, the threads that tie us all together could be called Americana. Since the word was coined in 1841 it has been used to describe our culture, from folk music to food and events that strike a chord in the hearts of people coast to coast. This word means home and that home might be different for everyone who embraces the word, but what matters most is the history we hold dear that keeps us connected to our roots. This pride of ownership in our own country can hopefully soothe the gaps between us while letting us celebrate the things that make us beautiful. September is National Americana Month and while we search for what is meaningful in songs of perseverance, stories of character and food that is comforting, may we find respect among our nation’s most cherished traditions.
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