Opening Goodwill Games 2001
LAKE PACID – NEW YORK
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WHERE THE WORLD’S BEST ATHLETES PROVE IT.
After 16 years, encompassing five Summer and one Winter Goodwill Games that included nearly 20,000 athletes from 100 countries, dozens of world records and countless memories, the Goodwill Games have ceased operations.
The brainchild of founder Ted Turner, the Goodwill Games began in 1986 in the host city of Moscow, Russia as a way to ease tensions during the Cold War through friendly athletic competition between nations. With the end of the Cold War, the Games’ focus shifted toward youth initiatives. Using sports as a way to better young people’s lives, the Goodwill Games raised millions of dollars for charity.
Goodwill Games with Time Warner Production and Bosnian Ambassador to the UN Mo Sacirbay commissioned Maestro Zonic to write and produce the orchestration of the Led Zeppelin classic “Kashmir” for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Goodwill Games 2000 in Lake Placid.
As a guest conductor he leads the Crane School Symphony Orchestra with featured musicians Emir Nuhanovic, Solo Clarinet – Director Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra; and Djamel Benyelles, Electric Violin.