This video is performed by Jenny Oaks Baker a Latter-day Saint musical artist in Vienna, Austria.
From Jenny Oaks Baker’s CD “Awakening”
Download Ode to Joy MP3 on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/awa…
Shot on Location in Vienna, Austria where Beethoven wrote Ode to Joy
Violin: Jenny Oaks Baker
Director: Danny Drysdale
Arranger: Kurt Bestor
Production Coordinator: Matt Baker
Hair and Makeup: Manja Mietho
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Special Thanks to St Peters Church in Vienna http://www.peterskirche.at
Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony with the Ode to Joy theme in Vienna, Austria so it was exciting to be able to perform this iconic theme throughout the beautiful and historic streets of Vienna. And as I did so, it was thrilling to see the joy that the music brought to everyone there who heard the music. For me the message of Ode to Joy is that God is real. He has sent us to this earth to experience joy, and we can find this joy when we turn to Him, and know that we are His beloved children. This knowledge has brought me and my family much peace and joy! ~ Jenny Oaks Baker
‘Ode to Joy’: Jenny Oaks Baker recounts miraculous recovery of stolen cello in Italy
“SALT LAKE CITY — In the case of Sarah Baker’s broken cello, what started out as a bad dream, then became an international nightmare, eventually transformed into an unforgettable blessing.
It’s a story that will likely be passed on for generations.
While the Latter-day Saint family of renowned violinist Jenny Oaks Baker was sightseeing in Italy, a thief broke into their rental van and stole most of their luggage and possessions, including her daughter Sarah’s cherished cello.
“We were horrified, in tears. … How could this happen? Why did this happen? We made the best of it, did what we could,” Jenny Oaks Baker, the daughter of Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, said of the burglary. “Then we saw how (repairing the cello) was the key element to getting the cello back. It was a really good lesson. Sometimes our trials can be our greatest blessing.”
Remarkably, previous efforts to repair the cello set in motion events that led to its recovery before the family returned to the United States a few weeks later.
The Bakers started their European journey with a week in Italy, where Jenny, her husband Matt and four children Laura, Hannah, Sarah and Matthew, visited Venice, Rome and other places.
After arriving in Italy, they discovered Sarah’s cello was broken. Through friendly connections, the Bakers eventually found Mathias Menanteau, a reputable violin maker who fixed Sarah’s cello. He stamped his name on the bridge of the cello, which later proved to be significant, Baker said.
Back on track, the family made a quick stop in Pisa to see the famous leaning tower. They parked on a busy road across from a hospital, a couple blocks away, and spent about 30 minutes walking around and taking photos.
They were not prepared for what they found when they returned to the vehicle. A thief had taken five or six pieces of big luggage, a large keyboard, Sarah’s cello, an accordion, sheet music, computers, wallets, passports, backpacks, Baker’s purse, her grandmother’s pearl earrings, at least 20 books from the Davis County Library and sadly, Baker’s journal with more than 10 years of entries.
Incredibly, the thief somehow missed two violins and a guitar, one of which had belonged to Jenny Oaks Baker for more than 20 years. This special instrument was made in 1795, and when her mother died, Baker used the money from her inheritance to pay it off. Baker considers the instrument to be her “violin heart and soul,” as well as her mother’s legacy, she said.
“Not losing the violins kept us from having a complete breakdown. If I had lost my violin, I don’t think I would have ever recovered. I think we would have packed it up and come home,” Baker said. “It’s priceless and super sentimental. I know it was protected by God and angels. I will forever be grateful. … I don’t know how Heavenly Father worked that miracle, but it was somehow shielded from the thief’s view.”
The Bakers spent the rest of the trip trying to get back on their feet but managed to keep their schedule. They filled out a police report, picked up new passports at the U.S. consulate in Florence, and used a few remaining credit cards to buy new clothes and other items. While the burglary was devastating, the family acknowledged it could have been worse. The trial also served as a family bonding experience, Baker said.
Again using a network of friends, they found and purchased a new cello and made it to scheduled performances and other activities in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.
“……The Bakers still need to replace several items before shooting their “Sound of Music” video, but they have faith their trial will continue to feature angels and miracles. “I guess our family is a little like the von Trapps. We’ve grown closer through our trials and are grateful to have music to unify us even further.”
This is a beautiful story of faith and finding the good in adversity. I am inspired by this story and the beautiful video that was filmed in the historic streets of Vienna.