Palmyra Hosts ‘Gate of the Sun’ Performance Amid Recaptured Ruins

Russian and Syrian musicians stage orchestral event in Palmyra's amphitheater in tribute to fallen soldiers

In a tribute to Syria’s martyrs, Palmyra hosted a Russian concert on Friday evening at the city’s historical amphitheater, with participation from the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, the Syrian National Orchestra for Arab Music, the Orchestra Mary, and al-Farah Choir.

The event, titled “Gate of the Sun," was attended by families of martyrs from Palmyra and a number of other areas in Syria, as well as Presidency Affairs Minister Mansour Azzam, Tourism Minister Bishr Yazigi, Culture Minister Issam Khalil, alongside other Syrian and Russian personalities.

Musicians performed for over two hours, beginning with an ode to the martyrs and a memorial march by the police, army, and armed forces band, conducted by Col. Ezeddin Qassem.

The Orchestra Mary, led by Raad Khalaf, performed four pieces, including “Palmyra,” “Phoenicia,” “Mary,” and “Ugarit,” while al-Farah Choir, under Habin Sleiman and Rajaa al-Amir al-Shalabi, presented “Palmyra Triumphs.”

Afterwards, the Syrian National Orchestra for Arab Music, led by Adnan Fathallah, performed “Palmyra, Gate of the Sun,” while the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and the chamber choir of the Higher Institute for Music, conducted by Misak Bagboderian, performed the “Triumphal March” from the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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