New York Philharmonic arrives in North Korea

February 25th, 2008 - 6:30 pm ICT by admin  

Pyongyang, Feb 25 (Xinhua) The New York Philharmonic arrived here Monday and its concert slated for Tuesday will be the first by a US symphony orchestra in North Korea. At the airport, Lorin Maazel, music conductor of the Philharmonic, told reporters that they were happy to be in North Korea and would do their best for the success of the concert.

“We aren’t politicians… and music always is the means of getting people to contact,” he said.

The New York Philharmonic will give a concert Tuesday night at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre during its three-day visit.

As the first cultural exchange event between the communist country and the US, the concert is widely regarded as an opportunity for both the sides to build mutual trust and understanding.

According to North Korean media, the theatre is fully prepared for the successful performance by the New York Philharmonic.


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