There is a hopeful story in the LA Times today.
Since the US-led invasion of Iraq, musical instruments and sheet music have been stolen or destroyed and over 25 musicians have fled to other countries.
The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra has just recommenced rehearsals after the summer break. The harmony of strings, brass and woodwind drown out the sounds of war.
For many of the players, ‘music is their balm.’
Check out this story at this link:
Sam Enriquez, ‘Iraqi Orchestra Finds Harmony Amid War’, LA Times, 23 September 2007.
Image: Two orchestral players concentrating during rehearsal.