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Subject: How far the consequences of the ban?
From: janosG <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:01:36 -0800

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An Orchestra Triumphs Over Trump's Travel Ban
FEB. 8, 2017

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and its conductor, Ivan Fischer, gave two of the freshest, least conventional Beethoven performances of the season at Lincoln Center this week. Music students unexpectedly rushed the stage to join them in a soaring section of the Fifth Symphony, and incognito choristers popped up among the audience members to sing the Ninth's "Ode to Joy."

But the high-energy concerts - part of a five-city American tour that concludes on Sunday in Boston - were briefly thrown into doubt by President Trump’s chaotically instituted travel ban. As the orchestra prepared to leave Hungary last week, it was informed that one of its cellists, a longtime Hungarian citizen, would not be allowed to enter the United States because he also held citizenship in Iraq, one of the seven predominantly Muslim countries named in the ban.

Mr. Fischer - who has become known as a voice for tolerance and inclusion as his native Hungary has embraced nationalist and staunchly anti-immigrant policies under the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban - suddenly found himself having to make the case for openness to United States officials, whom he called to protest. <snip>

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