Barenboim to conduct concert for Madrid victims

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9 July 2004, MADRID — Argentine-born Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will lead Berlin's Staatskapelle Orchestra here in a free concert of Beethoven's Third Symphony, to honor the victims of the March 11 bombings in the Spanish capital, it was reported Friday.

9 July 2004

MADRID — Argentine-born Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will lead Berlin's Staatskapelle Orchestra here in a free concert of Beethoven's Third Symphony, to honor the victims of the March 11 bombings in the Spanish capital, it was reported Friday.

Barenboim, convinced that combating terrorism means "fighting ignorance," said he had chosen the Beethoven work, known as the "Eroica," because it is "synonymous with hope."

The free concert is to be staged in the Spanish capital's Plaza Mayor and is expected to draw 5,000 people.

The March 11 explosions of several bombs left in four packed commuter trains linking Madrid with outlying towns left 192 dead and more than 1,500 injured.

"Although the pain's still there, we have to keep living with joy, struggling and taking delight, in this case through music," Barenboim said.

The world-renowned conductor, who also holds Spanish citizenship, said he had always dreamed of conducting a concert in the Plaza Mayor, but it had never been possible until now for a number of reasons.

After learning of the massacre in Madrid on March 11, he found it "imperative to come and show my affection for a city and a public that has showered such affection on me and my musicians."

Barenboim said that he has been visiting Madrid on a regular basis for nearly 50 years and that, after the bombings, he has even more reason to be here to show solidarity and how deeply he has suffered "the pain of the tragedy."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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