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Volodymyr Spivakov, conductor of The National Symphony Orchestra of Russia, led the musical tribute with The Academic Chorus of the National Opera of Ukraine under the direction of Lev Venediktov. Soloists Janice Chandler (USA), Elsa Maurus (France), Robert Lee (South Korea) and Desmonde Byrne (Canada) also performed.

Soloists Janice Chandler (USA) and Elsa Maurus (France)
Soloists Janice Chandler (USA) and Elsa Maurus (France)

Telling audience members that music is 'the universal language with which we can express our common humanity and our feelings for the American people', Spivakov opened the evening with the solemnity of Mozart's Requiem. He recalled the moment when he first heard about the attacks -- practicing with an American soloist music dedicated to themes of beauty and harmony and contrasting these with the horror and pain they shared. A visual montage of the events of 9/11 accompanied the 8th movement, Lacrimosa.

Volodymyr Spivakov, conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Russia
Volodymyr Spivakov, conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Russia

 

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