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BY AILEEN JACOBSON
STAFF WRITER

February 19, 200

The fluttering leaves that sounded like ghosts applauding may have been the most extraordinary of all the events experienced by a group of young Long Island musicians who visited Auschwitz and Terezin last summer.

“The air was so still when we started playing,” says Gabrielle Rozenberg, 17, a Syosset High School senior, speaking of a concert that the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York performed at Auschwitz, Poland, in July. A Bach Chorale, a piece by Mendelssohn, Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidre” and part of John Williams’ “Theme From Schindler’s List” were on the memorial program. Orchestra executive director John McNeur told the players and a small audience of passersby that there would be no applause when they finished in this place where more than 1 million people were murdered during the Holocaust.

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