I’ll be appearing today on WNYC’s Soundcheck
with John Schaefer at 2:00 p.m. ET to talk about the New York Philharmonic’s performance at North Korea’s East Pyongyang Grand Theater. Due to the time change the orchestra’s performance which took place this morning at 4:00 a.m. ET, won’t be hard in the U.S. until later this evening. Nevertheless, I hope we’ll have some word on how the event unfolded. Opinions on the NYPhil’s decision to include the stop in Pyongyang as part of their Asia 2008 tour has created an unusual rift in the worldwide cultural community, prompting some unusual coalitions of insiders who are doing everything from commending to condemning the NYPhil’s decision.
No doubt, this will be a fascinating discussion. If you live in the New York City you can tune listen via FM93.9 or AM820 and everyone outside of the NYC area can listen to the live program online at WNYC’s website. You can also listen to the segment using the audio player below (Joel Meyer’s begins the point-counterpoint segment approximately five minutes into the clip):