The recently-liberated ancient city of Palmyra is hosting a triumphal concert conducted by the renowned St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky orchestra.
The concert is titled With a Prayer from Palmyra: Music Revives the Ancient Walls.
The ceremonial concert, led by the celebrated conductor Valery Gergiev, took place today Thursday at 5 p.m. local time, at the same Roman theater used by ISIS jihadists to execute captured Syrian soldiers back in November 2015.
An official delegation, which includes high-ranking professors, musicians and diplomats from Russia, China, Serbia and Zimbabwe, is attending Thursday’s concert dedicated to commemorate Aleksandr Prokhorenko; the Russian officer who was killed during the battle for Palmyra.
Russian airstrikes have been pivotal in assisting the Syrian Armed Forces recapture the desert city last March.