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In Alexander Pushkin's story of Russlan and Ludmilla, Ludmilla is abducted by an evil dwarf and put into a deep sleep. Even Russlan's magic sword can't wake her: It takes a magic ring from a friendly wizard to save her. And it takes the magic wand of conductor Constantine Orbelian to make the music come alive. Orbelian conducts the Philharmonia of Russia in the Overture to Glinka's opera Russlan and Ludmilla. They're in concert in Miami Beach, Florida.



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