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Some Additional Thoughts About The NYPhil In North Korea

I’m writing this just after finishing up yesterday’s radio appearance at WNYC’s Soundcheck and I wanted to get some additional thoughts out before they become blurred by the rest of my day. First off, many thanks to the staff at Soundcheck for inviting me to take part in the discussion; it was a sincere honor to talk about such a momentous event in a live, national forum. Additional thanks to Norman Lebrecht, who is someone I respect have always maintained a good relationship with. It is never a dull conversation when Norman’s […]

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Talking About The NYPhil On Soundcheck Today

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 [...]
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What Bill Said…

Bill Eddins posted a great piece yesterday at Sticks and Drones about the New York Philharmonic's decision to perform in North Korea. In a way that is so uniquely "Bill", he made a number of points that demonstrate the value of Occam's razor in examining seemingly complex issues… This is precisely what I suggested back at the end of October when I posted something in response to voices opposing the New York Philharmonic's tour stop in Pyongyang. I still firmly believe that music is a universal language that transcends politics, bigotry, and [...]
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What’s All The Hubbub Surrounding North Korea About?

What’s All The Hubbub Surrounding North Korea About?

The debate over whether or not the New York Philharmonic should perform in Pyongyang, North Korea is puzzling. There have been so many thought provoking articles written on the issue that it is easy to understand and relate to just about every point. At the same time, this is a good indication that the minutia of the discussion has hijacked clarity. As a result, this is precisely the sort of thing that can benefit from applying Occam’s razor… (more…)

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