- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

ROME (AP) - Maestro Riccardo Muti will mark the 100th anniversary this year of World War I’s outbreak by leading a youth orchestra in a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem.”

The Italian orchestra conductor said in Rome on Monday that he hoped the music would serve to pay tribute to the heroes of the war “through a message of reconciliation.” Italy’s Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra will perform with young musicians from other countries in what Muti called an “expression of musical harmony” and peace on July 6 in Redipuglia, site of a monument to World War I dead in northeastern Italy.

Muti said the “Requiem” funeral piece evokes a message “from the dead, for the dead.”

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