Music Transcends the Borders of North Korea
Last night I watched Christiane Amanpour’s Notes from North Korea. In her own words, it is the "holy grail of assignments."
CNN asked me to cover the historic trip of the New York Philharmonic to
Pyongyang at the end of February, I jumped at the chance. After months
of negotiations, the North Korean government agreed to the orchestra’s
demands for playing Pyongyang, which happily for us included bringing
in a large contingent of journalists. I was under no illusion that we
journalists would have free run of the place — far from it. However,
any access is better than none, and any time is better than never, even
in the dead of freezing North Korean winter."
The reporting was tightly controlled but it was still fascinating
peek at a country and its people under communist rule. My favorite part
of the program was a feature on New York Philharmonic’s historic concert in North Korea. The music and the emotional reaction of the performers and audience sent shivers up and down my spine.
Music is indeed a language that transcends barriers. Hopefully, this is a good start at breaking those barriers as well.