The Show Goes On For Iraqi Conductor Karim Wasfi, director of Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra, describes culture in a war-torn country. It's difficult gathering all the musicians for rehearsals, but Wasfi and the orchestra have drawn crowds of more than 600 people in war-torn Baghdad.
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The Show Goes On For Iraqi Conductor

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The Show Goes On For Iraqi Conductor

The Show Goes On For Iraqi Conductor

The Show Goes On For Iraqi Conductor

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Karim Wasfi performs with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Baghdad's Green Zone. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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Karim Wasfi performs with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Baghdad's Green Zone.

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Karim Wasfi, director and co-conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, discusses the integral role music and culture play in the ongoing rehabilitation of Iraq.

It's difficult gathering all the musicians for rehearsals, but Wasfi and the orchestra have drawn crowds of more than 600 people in war-torn Bagdhad.

Also, Melik Kaylan, culture contributor for The Wall Street Journal, talks about the cultural exchange going on between Iraqis and Americans in Baghdad.