North Korea orchestra may perform in U.S.

Posted on: September 22, 2011

In Thursday’s (9/22) Korea Herald, Shin Hae-in reports, “North Korea’s national symphony orchestra is expected to hold a performance in the U.S. next month, a U.S.-funded radio station reported Thursday. Quoting multiple sources close to North Korea, Radio Free Asia reported Pyongyang and Washington are currently ‘discussing details’ such as the exact day of the performance. The two sides begun discussing the ‘exchange orchestra performances’ during a high-level meeting in July when North Korea’s First Vice Minister Kim Kye-gwan discussed bilateral issues with Stephen Bosworth, the chief U.S. envoy on Korean affairs, in New York, the radio station said. … It also comes nearly four years after the New York Philharmonic first offered a form of musical diplomacy to the reclusive communist state. … The New York Philharmonic, led by musical director Lorin Maazel, held its first performance in Pyongyang in February 2008 at the communist state’s invitation. … A diplomatic source in New York also said that the U.S. was expecting the upcoming concert by the North Korea orchestra to ‘play an important role’ in renewing ties between the two sides.”

Posted September 22, 2011