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Kim Jong Il Enjoys Performance Given by State Symphony Orchestra

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK

    Pyongyang, February 28 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, enjoyed a performance given by the State Symphony Orchestra. Enjoying the performance together with him were Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju, Secretaries of the WPK Central Committee Jon Pyong Ho, Choe Thae Bok, Kim Kuk Thae, Kim Jung Rin and Kim Ki Nam, senior officials of the Party and the army and officials of cultural, art and media organizations.
    The artistes of the symphony orchestra put on the stage colorful numbers including orchestras "Pass Mungyong", "A Swinging Girl", "My House in My Native Place" and "Rich Harvest Comes to the Chongsan Plain", the first movement of "Leningrad," symphony No. 7 of Sostakovic, and orchestra "Blue Danube River" of J. Strauss.
    The concert truthfully represented the glorious path covered by the Korean revolution and the steadfast faith and will of the army and people of the DPRK to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche and the cause of building a great prosperous powerful nation without fail under the uplifted great banner of Songun.
    The musicians demonstrated to the full the rich emotional effect of orchestra while making national flavor strongly felt in it through a unique ensemble of mixed orchestra. They thus clearly proved the validity and vitality of the WPK's literary and art policy of creating, composing and depicting any work in the Korean style.
    The performance deeply impressed the audience as it fully reflected the strong spirit of the Korean army and people dynamically advancing toward a rosy future.
    Kim Jong Il extended high appreciation and thanks to the creators and artistes of the symphony orchestra for their successful performance, expressing great satisfaction with the best concert given by them with high artistry.
    The symphony orchestra, an art organization with a long history, which declared its foundation with the first performance of the immortal revolutionary paean "Song of General Kim Il Sung", has traversed the road of loyalty, single-mindedly following the Party, and successfully played a vanguard role in the forefront of building socialist culture as befitting a revolutionary art group in the "Arduous March," the forced march, the most difficult period, he said, highly praising the feats performed by it in the past.
    The creators and artistes of the symphony orchestra have created many masterpieces including orchestra "Rich Harvest Comes to the Chongsan Plain" loved much by the people by firmly adhering to the principle of developing symphony in the Korean style to cater to the sentiment of the Korean people, he said, adding it is the great pride of the country to have this precious cultural treasure.
    He set forth highly important tasks which would serve as guidelines in further developing the Juche-based symphony, noting that as music is humanics, it is necessary to depict the noble spiritual world of the people through beautiful and rich artistic representation to satisfactorily meet the cultural and emotional requirements of the people.

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