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Esther Bejarano, who played in Auschwitz orchestra and later used music to fight antisemitism and racism, dies at 96

Esther Bejarano, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp who used the power of music to fight antisemitism and racism in post-war Germany, has died at 96.

Bejarano died peacefully in the early Saturday at the Jewish Hospital in Hamburg, the German news agency dpa quoted Helga Obens, a board member of the Auschwitz Committee in Germany, as saying. A cause of death was not given.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas paid tribute to Bejarano, calling her “an important voice in the fight against racism and antisemitism.”

Born in 1924 as the daughter of Jewish cantor Rudolf Loewy in French-occupied

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An Orchestra Veteran on Music’s Post-Pandemic Future

Mark Volpe grew up steeped in classical music, the son of a trumpet player in the Minnesota Orchestra. An aspiring clarinetist, he stumbled into a career managing orchestras after failing to win auditions for professional ensembles and enrolling in law school.

Volpe, 63, went on to become one of music’s most powerful figures, eventually leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra as president and chief executive — a post he leaves this month after 23 years. On his watch, the orchestra has won accolades for its artistry, including under its current music director, Andris Nelsons, recruited by Volpe in 2013. The orchestra’s

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Philadelphia Orchestra premiere new song for 9-year-old fashion show | Lifestyle

Michael Gardner taught his 9-year-old Ava daughter to make daily affirmations. Every morning, before school, she hype herself in positive words.

It started a few years ago when Ava had some problems making fun of other kids.

“We got into the car, the music didn’t play, and she started:’I’m beautiful. It’s amazing. I’m smart. I’m going to get the job done today,” Gardner said. “Sometimes she says,’It doesn’t matter what someone says about me. I know myself.’”

That morning’s routine continued during the coronavirus pandemic, where Ava’s school was completely remote. Her own words of encouragement were delivered in the

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