New York Philharmonic performs in Pyongyang

On February 26, 2008 the New York Philharmonic performed in Pyongyang, North Korea and broadcast live on North Korea state television. According to Evans Revere, one of the negotiators of the visit, it was unprecedented for its live coverage alone, as major events are generally broadcast from videotaped footage. The visit was anticipated as an opportunity to broaden relations with one of the world’s most isolated nations.

The program included the national anthems of both countries, the Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin by Wagner, Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 from the New World, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. It must have been well-received as encores included the Farandole by Georges Bizet, Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, and concluded with Korean folk song Arirang.

Summarized from Wikipedia.

Low resolution screenshot of a copyrighted television broadcast.

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