Gaza's Only Grand Piano Makes Public Comeback
The only grand piano in the Palestinian territory of Gaza was played in public this week for the first time in 10 years.
Palestinian and Japanese musicians played the piano for 300 people at a November 25 performance at the Palestine Red Crescent Society. For many, it was the first time they had ever heard a piano performed live.
One Japanese pianist, Kaoru Imahigashi, said, "Playing this piano is feeling like playing history. It's amazing. I felt the prayer of peace for many people."
The Japanese government donated the piano about 20 years ago, following temporary peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.
The piano was placed in a large theater at the al-Nawras resort in northern Gaza. A culture ministry official explained that music events were a regular activity there before conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis began again in 2000.
In 2007, the Islamic militant group Hamas took control of Gaza by force after winning legislative elections. Under Hamas rule, many forms of public entertainment were closed, including movie theaters and performance spaces. As a result, the al-Nawras resort closed its theater and swimming pool.
The resort closed permanently in January 2009. The piano sat unused until 2014. An Israeli airstrike that year destroyed the al-Nawras theater. The piano was found undamaged, but unplayable.
The Belgian nonprofit group Music Fund supports music education in the Palestinian areas. In 2015, the group sent a French expert to Gaza to repair the piano. Another expert traveled there in October to make final repairs on the instrument.
One the night of the performance, all 300 seats of the theater at the Palestine Red Crescent Society were filled. Fans of all ages listened intensely and applauded at the end of each performance.
It was the first time that 22-year-old Yasmin Elian had attended a piano concert. She said after the concert, "This encourages me to learn piano."
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1.peace agreements 和平协议
The governments are exploring several avenues to reach a peace agreements.
2.piano concert 钢琴音乐会
They are performing his piano concert tonight.
3.public entertainment 公共娱乐
This law applies to all places of public entertainment.
4.grand piano 三角钢琴
The hotel has a pianist playing at the large white grand piano in the bar.
5.Fans of all ages listened intensely and applauded at the end of each performance.
at the end of 在...末尾
He parted with us at the end of the trip.
There is a shop at the end of this lane.
6.The only grand piano in the Palestinian territory of Gaza was played in public this week for the first time in 10 years.
for the first time 第一次；首次
The airport road is passable today for the first time in a week.
Naturally, you were keyed up when you went on the platform for the first time.
11月25日，巴勒斯坦联合日本音乐家在巴勒斯坦红新月会剧院为300名观众演奏钢琴 。对许多观众来说，这是他们第一次现场听到钢琴演奏 。
参演的日本钢琴家今东馨说：“弹奏这架钢琴就像感受历史 。这很神奇 。我能感受到许多人对和平的祈祷 。”
这架钢琴放置在加沙北部艾尔纳乌拉斯度假村的一个大剧院里 。文化部一位官员解释称，在2000年巴勒斯坦人和以色列人再次爆发冲突之前，音乐回是这里的常规活动 。
2007年，伊斯兰激进组织哈马斯赢得议会选举后以武力控制了加沙 。在哈马斯的统治下，电影院和演出剧院等多种公共娱乐场所都被关闭 。因此，艾尔纳乌拉斯度假村关闭了剧院和游泳池 。
2009年1月，该度假村永久关闭 。直到2014年，这架钢琴一直处于闲置状态 。当时，以色列在一次空袭中摧毁了艾尔纳乌拉斯剧院 。人们发现这架钢琴没有被毁坏，但无法弹奏了 。
比利时非营利组织音乐基金会支持巴勒斯坦地区的音乐教育 。2015年，该组织派了一位法国专家前往加沙修复这架钢琴 。10月，另一位专家前往加沙，对钢琴进行了最后的修复 。
演出当晚，巴勒斯坦红新月会剧院300个座位座无虚席 。各个年龄段的观众都沉浸在音乐中，并在每场演出结束后致以热烈的掌声 。
这是22岁的雅思敏·埃利安首次参加钢琴音乐会 。她在音乐会结束时表示：“这能鼓励我学习钢琴 。”