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May 26, 2004

Some 90,000 people turned out for a classical music concert held in the grounds of Vienna's Schoenbrunn castle to welcome 10 new countries into the European Union, organisers said. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the American musician and singer Bobby McFerrin, played pieces by Mozart, Ravel Sibelius and the Strauss dynasty. Among the spectators were Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel and several members of his government. The concert was broadcast on television in Austria and in its neighbours Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, all four of which were among the 10 countries who joined the EU on May 1. Tens of thousands of Catholic pilgrims, joined by leaders of their central European nations, gathered at a town in the Austrian Alps at the weekend for a mass promoting reconciliation across the region newly reunited in the EU.

Posted by acapnews at May 26, 2004 9:27 PM

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