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WATCH — Palmyra after ISIS: St. Petersburg Orchestra Performs at Site of Executions

Concert in Palmyra in memoriam of Syria independence fighters

Sputnik Mikhail Voskresenskiy / RIA Novosti

2840715 05/06/2016 A concert in Palmyra's Roman amphitheater in memory of the fallen Syria independence fighters. Mikhail Voskresenskiy/Sputnik

Daniel Esparza - published on 05/10/16 - updated on 06/08/17

The famed Valery Gergiev conducts a memorial concert after the city's release from ISIS occupation

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The recently liberated Palmyra, in Syria, celebrated the end of the city’s occupation by ISIS forces with a triumphal concert conducted by the renowned Valery Gergiev, who conducted the St. Petersburg’s Mariiinsky Theatre Orchestra in the very same ancient Roman amphitheater the extremists used to execute captured Syrian soldiers back in November 2015.

The concert, held on May 5, commemorated Aleksandr Prokhorenko, the Russian officer who was killed during the battle to recover Palmyra from the occupying extremists’ forces.

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