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Peace Through Music

By Brian | February 26, 2008 | Share on Facebook

The New York Philharmonic just performed a concert in Pyongyang, North Korea. The program consisted of the following:

Patriotic Song (the North Korean National Anthem)
The Star Spangled Banner
Dvorak’s New World Symphony
George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”
Encore #1 (not mentioned in the article)
Encore #2: Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide”
Encore #3: Arirang (a folk song beloved in both the North and South and often used as a reunification anthem at friendly events between the two Koreas)

Kim Jong Il did not attend, but the Vice Culture Minister did. He said this:

I can say that through the concert tonight, all the members of the New York Philharmonic opened the hearts of the Korean people. . . . The concert serves as an important occasion to open a chapter of mutual understanding between the two countries.”

When the concert ended, the audience “stood and applauded enthusiastically, waving to the musicians.”
Bravo, folks. Bravo.

(Hat tip: Kushol Gupta)

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