Friday, February 29, 2008

Musical Diplomacy?

Who knew that driving home from Bible study last night would be an historic event? Enjoying a rare bit of solitude, I turned on NPR and was transported by the passionate horns in the last movement of Dvorak's "New World Symphony" - as I listened, I was thinking about how it would make a good soundtrack for an old-fashioned Western...

Turns out I was hearing a replay of Tuesday's landmark concert by the New York Philharmonic - in Pyongyang, North Korea! Invited by the North Koreans, the orchestra helped put aside the stalemate over nukes for one night of beautiful music masterfully performed.

It ended with a lively Gershwin piece. I found a bit of humor in it:
The New York Philharmonic was playing "An American in Paris" in Pyongyang.
Truly, the language of music is universal.

4 comments:

mom24 said...

How neat that is! Music is one of my favorite creations!
Andrea

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Wow - what a great listen to catch.

Robert Covington said...

I happened to catch the end of that concert on PBS, particularly American in Paris, and had very similar thoughts. I am sure some of the symphony members felt much like Gershwin on his trip that inspired the song.

jennifer h said...

I heard clips from the concert and a summary of the event on NPR, too. I think it's a great way to make inroads with a culture that is antagonistic to Americans. I hope there are more efforts like this one.