SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Ten days ago, Gabriel Gordon posted a video of himself on Youtube playing the violin on his version of the national anthem of Ukraine. In just a few hours, he will play the same anthem at a Utah Jazz game, marking the first time in NBA history that the NBA will allow another country’s anthem to be played other than Canada’s.
Gordon, who has played the violin for 46 years, says it’s his personal mission to use music as a medium to promote world peace. Tonight, when the Jazz take on the Portland Trailblazers, they’ll be able to do just that.
League rules state that only the national anthems of the United States and Canada should be played, but due to the overwhelming support of the Ukrainian people, an exception was made.
Gordon spoke to Utah Jazz‘s Payden Adams and within days the league gave its approval to allow Ukraine’s state anthem to be televised nationally on ESPN at 20 pm MST Wednesday.
Normally, the national anthem is not televised during televised games, unless it is the playoffs and finals.
Adams received confirmation that the Ogden-based fiddler would perform the anthem on Monday.
This historic event will be televised on ESPN just before kickoff at 8:00 p.m. MST.
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