The Iraq National Symphony Orchestra

I had no idea this existed.

This article on the group and it’s director seems eager to talk about the life-threatening risks that come with their music-making. But I would imagine that it’s accurate.

“Any of us could find a job abroad,” Mr. Wasfi says. “In fact, I moved my sisters to Sweden — they think I’m crazy to stay. So why stay? To fight back against the malevolent and the ignorant. I like to think that we inspire people — they see us and they see the barbarism everywhere. It gives them a choice: It could be like this, or like this.”

“In the car, I also listen to the Saint-Saëns requiem and the Mozart requiem — that’s usually the right mood for Baghdad,” says Mr. Wasfi, in his cultivated English, as the checkpoint militias gape incredulously and wave us on.

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~ by ohactually on March 28, 2008.

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