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Americans in Pyongyang

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, North Korean State Orchestra
Lorin Maazel

In summer 2007, the New York Philharmonic received an invitation that was unprecedented in the orchestra's history. North Korea, the world's most isolated and secluded country and technically at war with the United States, invited the orchestra to play in the capital of Pyongyang. Just a few months later, two hundred orchestra members and more than one hundred journalists disembarked from a chartered plane at Pyongyang's deserted airport. They were about to experience a historic moment, the first-ever performance by an American orchestra in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The film “Americans in Pyongyang” accompanies the orchestra members on their historic trip to Pyongyang in February 2008.


Aegukka; The Star-Spangled Banner; George Gershwin: An American in Paris; Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95; Richard Wagner: Overture to Meistersinger; Pjotr Tschaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture


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53 mins
Ayelet Heller
EuroArts Music International, in coproduction with Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, Seoul, ARTE France, Thirteen/WNET, New York, in association with the New York Philharmonic, in cooperation with European Broadcasting Union and SMG, Shangai
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