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Pyongyang’s Orchestra Likely to Perform in U.S.

Posted July. 19, 2008 09:25,   


The North Korean State Symphony Orchestra will likely perform in the United States.

“It appears that North Korea’s State Symphony Orchestra will likely put on their first performance in the United States,” a well-informed source on the North Korean philharmonic’s plan to perform in the United States said on Friday in a telephone interview with the Dong-A Ilbo. “The chance of the orchestra performing is about 85 percent; only the final decision is left.”

“Just the sheer fact that the entire North Korean state philharmonic, which consists of more than 110 members, will come to the United States with an American visa for a performance is very meaningful,” said the source. “As far as I know, it has been trying to find a sponsor for its U.S. performance.”

However, when asked about the timing of the performance, the source said, “As a number of variables are still remaining, it can be rather flexible.”

The orchestra’s performance in the United States has been pushed as a return visit to the New York Philharmonic’s performance in Pyongyang, which took place in February this year.

“If a formal invitation is made, the North Korean State Symphony Orchestra will be able to visit the United States,” the North’s Culture Minister Kang Neung Soo said in an interview after the American philharmonic’s performance at the East Pyongyang Concert Hall.

The improved bilateral relations between North Korea and the United States have reportedly accelerated the orchestra’s possible visit to the United States.