Concert arrangers barred a girl’s choir from performing a piece at the UN mentioning communists, fascists and Nazis.
The Norwegian ensemble is currently on tour in the United States and were due to sing ‘Ro – Uro’ by Maja Ratkje at the United Nations building in New York last Saturday.
The piece, about war and peace, featured 30 names including Hitler, Mussolini, Quisling, Stalin, and Lenin.
During rehearsals, however, organisers made their views known and told choir leadership to remove the piece from their scheduled programme.
According to the disappointed conductor, Anne Karin Sundal-Ash, the event's arrangers said the UN “wouldn’t allow it [performing the piece],” she said to Aftenposten.
“We just ran our folk music repertoire. It was a fine appearance, of course, but not as important as we would have liked.”
Press counsellor to the Norwegian UN delegation in New York, Emma Kwesiga Lydersen, told the paper, “I’m certainly not aware that there are some content restrictions. They must be up to the organiser.”
The choir has performed the piece several times, including at the Bergen International Festival in May.
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