88.5FM WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England, will broadcast the New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking February 26 concert in Pyongyang, North Korea.
WFCR will air the performance on Sunday March 2 at noon. The New York Times reported that audience members and performers were in tears during and after the concert and that those present applauded for five minutes. North Korea has been isolated from the rest of the world for quite a long time and Western culture is not readily available. It was the first time an American cultural organization has visited North Korea. The concert was broadcast live inside the country, as well as to other nations.
The program was conducted by the Philharmonic's Music Director, Lorin Maazel. It opened with a well-known Korean folk song and was followed by Wagner's Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, From the New World, and Gershwin's An American in Paris. Leonard Bernstein's overture to Candide was performed as an encore. More information about WFCR's broadcast and the Philharmonic's Asian tour can be found at digital.nepr.net