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The siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days,  lost in the pages of history: nearly a million people would die before it finally ended. Hitler,  determined to erase it from memory was responsible for  the largest death toll suffered by any city in our history.

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Ponder the Leningrad Symphony, an example of desperate action in the face of insurmountable odds,a template for the power of music. Why do warriors sing when charging into battle? Why does music transport us to a different time and place? Transcending political boundaries, music speaks to the heart of all that makes us human.

The siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days,  lost in the pages of history: nearly a million people would die before it finally ended. Hitler,  determined to erase it from memory was responsible for  the largest death toll suffered by any city in our history.

Conductor/composer Dmitri Shostakovich was working on his 7th symphony when the siege began in 1941. Despite a determination to stay in the city; several months later he became the last of his symphony  evacuated.  Continuing his work, nearly a year later it was performed in Kuibyshev, and then Moscow.  Stalin decided it would be good…

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