New York Philharmonic Takes Beethoven and Bach to North Korea
December 10, 2007 (LPAC)--The New York Philharmonic, led by Music Director Lorin Maazel, has accepted the invitation of North Korea to perform a concert in Pyongyang on Feb. 26, which will feature works of Ludwig van Beethoven, J.S. Bach, and works composed by contemporary American Leonard Bernstein.Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, who is the main diplomat negotiating with North Korea on its nuclear programs, said of North Korea's invitation to perform music, "It would signal that North Korea is beginning to come out of its shell, which everyone understands is a long-term process. It does represent a shift in how they view us, and it's the sort of shift that can be helpful as we go forward in nuclear weapons negotiations," the New York Times reported today. The North Korea Ministry of Culture sent the invitation in August.
The concert will occur in Pyongyang. The New York Philharmonic will stay for two nights, to include a ceremonial dinner and some teaching.