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Orchestras may visit North, U.S.

Aug 27,2007
BEIJING ― A U.S. orchestra may visit North Korea while Pyongyang sends its own orchestra to the United States, an official of a Hong Kong-based company said yesterday.
Bae Kyeong-hwan, vice president of Daepung Investment Group, told the JoongAng Ilbo that his company has been authorized by the North’s Culture Minister, Kang Neung-su, to schedule and plan the events.
“We contacted the New York Philharmonic orchestra first, but if its schedule does not permit, the Boston Philharmonic or the Philadelphia Philharmonic could be an option,” Bae said.
The New York Philharmonic earlier confirmed that it has been invited to visit North Korea, but has not yet made an official decision.
After a performance in Pyongyang, the U.S. orchestra may return via South Korea, crossing the inter-Korean border at Panmunjeom Village, Bae said.
The North’s National Symphony Orchestra will then return the visit by going to the United States for a performance, according to Bae.
He claimed that negotiations for these reciprocal visits have been worked out by Christopher Hill, Washington’s chief negotiator to the six-party talks, and his North Korean counterpart Kim Gye-gwan.


By Jin Se-keun JoongAng Ilbo africanu@joongang.co.kr



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