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Uplifting performance delivers message of friendship and unity

On Christmas Day in 1989, a concert at Berlin's Konzerthaus featured a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, known as his Choral Symphony, led by legendary American conductor Leonard Bernstein.

The orchestra and singers comprised an international legion of musicians from Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Soviet Union and the United States. The celebratory occasion marked the fall of the Berlin Wall the month before.

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