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Soul of the New World
On February 26th the New York Philharmonic orchestra performed a feat of cultural diplomacy that may change the way bitter enemies view each other. The performance took place in North Korea’s Mansudae Art Theatre in the nation’s capital city of Pyongyang. Not far away, in another part of town, a huge billboard depicting a North Korean fist crushing an American soldier illustrated the two sides’ political antipathy. North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Il is seen by the West as a loose canon renegade unwelcome in the global community partly because of nuclear arms. But the invitation came from North Korea and with the encouragement of Washington was accepted by Lorin Maazel the Philharmonic’s music director. What followed was something close to modern day magic, and a reminder of the under-employed power to transcend political conflict called... art.
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