On February 26, 2007, the New York Philharmonic performed in Pyongyang, North Korea. This was the first time a U.S. cultural organization had stepped foot on North Korean soil; and not only were the musicians welcomed into the insulated country, but they were given a five minute round of applause during their final bows.
The Philharmonic’s performance, dubbed “Symphonic Diplomacy” by the New York Times
, didn’t create instant harmony (even though there is harmony in dissonance, so I’m told by my friend, Emily) between Washington and Pyongyang. But the performance did make an impact.