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Published on Nov 28, 2007
Dec 2000 Just below the North Pole arctic Russia is a snowy playground for Santa and his reindeer. All is still and quiet on these frozen wastelands. But magical music can be heard floating out across the tundra. Mozart played for the nomads and their reindeer by an extraordinary group of visiting musicians. Two international students, Lygia and Pia, founded the orchestra in the 1980's, when they were students at Moscow's world famous Tshcaikovsky Conservatory. Under Soviet rules foreigners were forbidden to perform with Russians. Lygia and Pia were pioneers in creating the 'Ensemble XXI'. Eleven years later the orchestra is one of the finest in Moscow, with musicians from all nations performing as far up as the North Pole.
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