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La Scala comes to Accra

What does Accra have in common with Milan, Italy? They are both places where the world-famous Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus performs. La Scala, led by distinguished conductor Daniel Barenboim, performed Beethoven’s 9th symphony at the National Theatre in Accra. We sat in the 6th row, which was pretty great.

Ghana’s president, members of parliament, and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan were there, too. The performance was wonderful, if somewhat surreal. We haven’t seen a whole lot of stringed instruments or musicians playing in unison lately.
Apparently Barenboim and Annan are friends and arranged for la Scala to come here to help celebrate Ghana’s 50th anniversary of independence. Thanks, guys.  It was fantastic.

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One Response to “La Scala comes to Accra”

  1. Shira Says:

    Hi Dan and Giselle,
    Yes we are reading your blog! thanks for the info on the beads, I wear mine every day- they look especially nice when it is sunny out- a rather rare event this time of year.. Anyway. Miss ya. Our passports finally came.
    Love to you both and belated Happy Ghana@50! Shira