The New York Philharmonic on Tuesday disclosed the details of a February visit to North Korea. It was an announcement that brought back memories of cultural exchanges during the Cold War.
The program will include songs by Gershwin and Dvorak, and the national anthems of both the United States and North Korea.
The orchestra's visit comes at a time of hints of a thawing in relations between Washington and Pyongyang. But at Tuesday's news conference, both American and North Korean spokesmen kept politics at a distance.