Members of the Alexandrov Ensemble were supposed to appear for the Christmas holiday in front of Russian soldiers stationed in Syria but the festivities ended in tragedy. This morning, it was reported that 64 members of the band were killed when a Russian military plane crashed en route to Syria.







A great tragedy for a Russian band

A great tragedy for a Russian band Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

As reported earlier today on JOL, among the 91 people who were killed when a Russian plane crashed this morning were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, who were supposed to have a global appearance. The members of the ensemble, who were supposed to appear in Syria, also appeared in Israel two years ago in an event marking the 85th anniversary of the band.

The Alexandrov Ensemble was established in 1928 by Professor of Music Alexander Alexandrov. Since then, it has had over 7,000 performances in over 50 countries. The band, which was established with only 12 members, today has 200 participants that includes singers, dancers and musicians. It is not yet known which members of the ensemble were on the flight and of them which ones survived.







The Russian band performed in Israel

The Russian band performed in Israel Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The members of the band boarded a flight leaving Sochi this morning in order to celebrate the Christmas holiday with Russian soldiers stationed in Syria. Minutes after taking off, the plane that belongs to the Russian Defense Ministry crashed in the Black Sea. There are no known survivors. Shortly after the crash, it was reported that members of the band were on the plane alongside 9 journalists, 8 soldiers, 8 crew members and 3 civilians.