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Music to my ears

I guess if you are an avid CNN fan, you might have already seen this story “Musicians play for peace to mark WWII anniversary”.    If you haven’t here are a few extracts to stimulate your interest:

“The Polish city of Krakow plays host to a unique collection of some of the world’s leading classical musicians on Tuesday for a special performance to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

Bringing together 95 musicians from 35 countries and 75 orchestras the World Orchestra for Peace was founded in 1995 by legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti, a Jewish-Hungarian émigré who fled his homeland in 1939 as Europe plunged into conflict, to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

Led since Solti’s death in 1997 by Russian maestro Valery Gergiev, currently Principal Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday’s concert marks the ensemble’s first performance since last year’s “Concert for Peace” in Jerusalem.”


“In a note for the program for Tuesday’s concert, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan — a former honorary patron of the orchestra — writes that the group represents ‘a practical demonstration of humanity’s potential for harmony, tolerance and cooperation.”‘

‘Listening to the beautiful music performed by this Orchestra helps us to connect with our fellow human beings across different languages, cultures and traditions,’ says Annan. ‘The existence of this orchestra reminds us that peace in our world is possible.’

Not much to add here…Annan has put it very well.  Music really is a language that transcends differences and a well played symphonic piece is a powerful example of what wonderful results are produced by harmony and cooperation in all human endeavors.

According to the article you can see this concert live on CNN today at 1700 GMT (1300 ET)

(You can also check out their last concert here.)


September 1, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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