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An American Orchestra in North Korea

The 130-member New York Philharmonic arrived in Pyongyang on Feb. 25 and performed Tuesday night before an audience of high-ranking North Korean officials. The controversial concert won bravos and standing ovations and was broadcast on North Korean state television.

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From North Korea, Discordant Messages
Article | PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 27 -- It felt historic inside the concert hall. American musicians got goose bumps and wept when North Koreans leapt to their feet to cheer.
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Symphonic Diplomacy, With Odd Overtones
Article | PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 26 -- For the New York Philharmonic, the formalities for entering this sealed police state began with the surrender of all mobile phones.
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In North Korea, Breaking a Barrier With Sound
Article | PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 27 -- Symphonic diplomacy won bravos and standing ovations here Tuesday night, as the New York Philharmonic performed a concert without precedent in this shuttered Stalinist state that has long considered the United States to be its prime enemy.

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