March 04, 2021

Pyongyang on the Hudson? A Kim Il Sung birthday concert in New York

With DPRK officials in the crowd, the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra celebrated the Day of the Sun

On Saturday night, roughly 400 people gathered for an evening of North Korean music at Merkin Hall, a concert space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The Ureuk Symphony Orchestra, a 40-member, semi-professional ensemble based in the New York area, was performing its 118th concert; the event had been organized by the Korean American National Coordinating Council (KANCC), a non-profit established in 1997. A security guard wielding a handheld metal detector checked people for weapons at the door.