The NY Philharmonic, led by honorasian music director Lorin Maazel, performs today in Pyongyang in an unprecedented visit to North “Love Our Nukes” Korea.
Bucking criticisms that the visit and performance signifies support of the country’s questionable political policies (Human rights? Psshh), Maazel firmly stands by his quest to use cultural diplomacy as a gateway to political diplomacy.
“I am a musician and not a politician, but music has always been an arena or area where people can make contact. It is neutral, it is emotional,” the philharmonic’s music director, Lorin Maazel, told reporters at the airport.
Will Dvorak’s symphony “From the New World” move Kim Jong Il so much that he starts singing songs of Jeffersonian Democracy? Maybe not. But throw in an encore of Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and who knows? Il just might.
Filed under: Being Nice, Cultural Diplomacy, Dvorak, Gestures, Kim Jong Il, Making Friends is Easy, Music Saves, North Korea, Nukes, NY Philharmonic, What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding?
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