SKorean maestro to rehearse with NKorean orchestra

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2012 11:38 PM
SKorean maestro to rehearse with NKorean orchestra

A prominent South Korean maestro plans rehearsals this week with a North Korean orchestra ahead of its rare joint concert with French musicians.

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra said Monday that chief conductor Chung Myung-whun will make a three-day visit to Pyongyang starting Tuesday to rehearse with the North's Unhasu Orchestra.

Chung is scheduled to conduct a performance by Unhasu Orchestra and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris on March 14.

Seoul orchestra officials say Chung concurrently serves as a music director for the French orchestra.

Chung initially sought joint performances by North and South Korean musicians but couldn't immediately do so because of strained ties between the countries.