An annual Fourth of July concert was held on the U.S. Capitol lawn, with numerous performers and the National Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture as fireworks began at dusk near the Washington Monument. (July 5)
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In a dusty Baghdad dance studio, conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat tries to fire up the musicians of Iraq’s National Symphony Orchestra, whose enthusiasm has been dampened by eight months without pay. An ageing air conditioner fights to beat back the summer heat in the cramped space at the capital’s School of Music and Ballet as the 57-year-old maestro leads the group through a rehearsal of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain”.
“Capitol Fourth” concert on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
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