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Russian Orchestra Plays at Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra

Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra staged a classical music concert Thursday in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, a close associate of President Vladimir Putin, led the performance of Bach's Chaconne for Solo Violin and Prokofiev's First Symphony, among other  famous compositions. In opening remarks, Gergiev said the intention of the concert was to “protest against the barbarians who destroyed monuments of world culture.” Putin,...

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