In Sunday’s (6/14) Korea Times (Seoul), Kwon Mee-yoo writes that conductor Myung-whun Chung “will take German orchestra Staatskapelle Dresden to North Korea in November as an attempt to improve inter-Korean relations through music…. Chung said he plans to tour Korea and China with the German orchestra in November and Pyongyang is on the list of its destinations. ‘We will perform in Seoul on Nov. 18 and 19 and plan to go to Pyongyang afterwards. Germany and Korea share similarities (such as experiences of decades of division) and it would be wonderful if the trip to North Korea is allowed,’ Chung said…. Chung often mentioned that the musical exchange between South and North Korea is one of his biggest dreams. In 2012, he conducted a joint concert of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, of which he served as music director for 15 years, and the Unhasu Orchestra from North Korea.” Chung serves as music director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Posted June 15, 2015