WCLV TO BROADCAST LIVE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERT FROM NORTH KOREA
The New York Philharmonic has accepted an
invitation by the Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea to perform a concert in the capital city
of Pyongyang. And WCLV will broadcast this
concert live on Tuesday, February 26, 2008,
8:00 PM. The concert, which will be the centerpiece
of a 48-hour visit, will take place at the East
Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
The concert program, to be conducted by Music
Director Lorin Maazel, will include Gershwin’s
An American in Paris, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9,
From the New World, and Wagner’s Prelude to
Act 3 of Lohengrin. The program will begin with
the national anthems of North Korea and the United States.
While there, music conservatory students will have the opportunity to attend master classes by Philharmonic musicians, as well as the orchestra’s rehearsal.
“This journey is a manifestation of the power of music to unite people,” said Zarin Mehta, President and Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic. “In August, the New York Philharmonic received an invitation to perform in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from its government. With the invaluable assistance and support of the U.S. Department of State and The Korea Society, we engaged in a thorough investigation of all issues involved in such an endeavor, and I am pleased to be able to confirm the concert in Pyongyang. It is our sincere hope that these concerts will aid in the beginning of a new era between the peoples of our nations.”
Music Director Lorin Maazel commented, “I look forward with great eagerness to this opportunity to lead the magnificently talented musicians of the New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang, to bring to that audience the beauty and brilliance of the art form with which I have lived my entire life.”