Agora of Palmyra. Photo by Bernard Gagnon. CC
Mariinsky theater symphonic orchestra with Russian conductor maestro Valery Gergiev held a concert in the historical amphitheater of Syrian Palmyra. The concert titled “With a prayer for Palmyra. Music makes ancient walls come to life” is dedicated to the memory of the fallen defenders of Palmyra, including the keeper of Palmyra Khaled al-Asaad executed by ISIL (Organization banned in Russia) and Russian officer Aleksandr Prokhorenko. The latter called friendly fire, an airstrike, upon himself when he was surrounded by terrorists during the joint Russian-Syrian operation to liberate Palmyra.