Tuesday, February 26, 2008

a field trip for the NY Phil

What a night for the NY Phil!
Their historic performance in Pyongyang opened with the national anthem of North Korea followed by a rousing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. See if it doesn't send shivers down your spine.

Watch some great clips here.
If you click on "Video", you can scroll down and to "groundbreaking performance" for the opening of the concert.

A few things came to mind as the camera panned the audience. Where did all the Westerners come from? There is no U.S. embassy in North Korea!

The Korean audience looks pretty stern, the men all suited up in their western attire. The women, who were sparsely sprinkled about, look resplendent in ethnic gowns. No one smiles.

Notice the violinist in the orchestra who stands while she plays the Korean anthem. Her family fled North Korea before she was born; she now performs with the most illustrious orchestra in the United States.

All the orchestra members stood for our national anthem. Except for, of course, the ones with cellos between their legs!


Blogger danica said...

Thank you so much for that link. What an amazing event.

(Of course, I was too self-absorbed to be awed by the North Korean venue; I was simply overcome with a spirit of whining to go to a NY Phil concert myself.)

How is your brother?

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