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WATCH: Dog steals hearts at Turkish classical concert

ISTANBUL: It's that moment fans of classical music live for, an international orchestra playing a great masterpiece at full pelt. Until an unexpected guest star arrives. A stray, and rather loveable, dog. At the outdoor performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony in Turkey, the audience were raptly attentive as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ola Rudner tore through the nineteenth century German composer's effervescent score. The music-loving canine, with the casual air of an experienced…

Russian orchestra stages concert at Syria’s Palmyra

SOCHI: Russia's Mariinsky Theatre staged a surprise concert in the amphitheatre of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. This looked like an attempt by the Kremlin to win hearts and minds and remind the world of its role in the city's recapture. The concert, held just over a month after Russian air strikes helped push Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, saw Valery Gergiev, a close associate of President Vladimir Putin, conduct the Mariinsky orchestra. Sergei Roldugin, a cellist friend of Putin's named in the…