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Russia: London Symphony Orchestra conductor performs in Tskhinvali

Valery Gergiev

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Thursday night we got a treat on TV in Russia:

London Symphony Orchestra conductor performs in war-torn Tskhinvali

The principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev, will lead a concert in Tskhinvali on Thursday. The performance will be staged next to the destroyed parliament building in the bombed-out capital of South Ossetia.

Gergiev is of Ossetian origin but was born in Moscow. He grew up in North Ossetia and studied in St Petersburg.

“I’ve got a lot of friends and relatives living in South Ossetia. Although I haven’t lost my loved ones, my friends lost five relatives,” Gergiev said.

He believes that Russia did everything possible to save Ossetians from complete extermination.

According to the Mariinsky Theatre, the concert will feature Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s fifth and sixth symphonies and Dmitry Shostakovich’s famous “invasion” theme from his sixth symphony. (Link)

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The principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev, has led a concert in Tskhinvali. The performance was staged next to the destroyed parliament building in the bombed-out capital of South Ossetia.

This is the whole concert and it is very, very, very good!

Kyle & Svet

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