KCNA Acknowledges Philharmonic Performance
From Korea Central News Agency (see: KCNA 2/26/2008):
The New York Philharmonic on a visit to the DPRK performed at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre Tuesday.
Appreciating the performance were Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Kang Nung Su, minister of Culture, Mun Jae Chol, acting chairman of the Korean Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, Pak Kwan O, chairman of the Pyongyang City People’s Committee, Song Sok Hwan, vice-minister of Culture and chairman of the Korean Association for Art Exchange, Kim Yon Gyu, chief of the State Symphony Orchestra, and working people in the city.
Among the audience were diplomatic envoys of different countries and representatives of international organizations here and foreign guests and overseas Koreans.
Put on the stage were the DPRK’s Patriotic Song, the U.S. national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner, WAGNER’s Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, DVORAK’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, GERSHWIN’s An American in Paris, BIZET’s Farandole from L’Arlesienne, BERNSTEIN’s Candide Overture and orchestra Arirang.
The world-renowned Philharmonic with a long history showed exquisite and refined execution and high representation under Chief Conductor Lorin Maazel.
Update: Reuters reports that the story was relegated to page 4 of the Rodong Shinmun and that reaction was “muted”