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Kim Jong Il Appreciates Performance Given by State Symphony Orchestra

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

   Pyongyang, November 26 (KCNA)-- General Secretary Kim Jong Il appreciated a performance given by the State Symphony Orchestra. Also among the audience were First Vice Department Directors of the Central Committee of the WPK Ri Yong Chol, Ri Je Gang and Ri Jae Il and other leading officials of the C.C., WPK and Generals of the Korean People's Army Ri Myong Su, Hyon Chol Hae and Pak Jae Gyong and other commanding officers of the KPA.
    Artistes of the orchestra put on the stage colorful numbers including "Glory to the General", the fourth movement of the symphony suite "Long Journey for the Songun Revolution", orchestras "Swinging Girl", "Arirang", "Collection of Famous Songs", "The Sound of a Horse's Hooves in Mt. Paektu", "Rich Harvest Comes to the Chongsan Plain", and a female soprano "Spinning Wheel Ballad".
    They truthfully represented the strong spirit of the servicepersons and people dashing ahead like the wind to greet the dawn of a great prosperous powerful nation, holding aloft the great banner of Songun. They, at the same time, fully demonstrated the profound emotional power of the orchestras spiced with strong national flavor through the peculiar echo made by a mixed orchestra, thus clearly proving the validity and vitality of the WPK's policy of creating, arranging and representing music strictly in Korean style.
    Kim Jong Il highly appreciated the successful presentation and extended thanks to the creators and artistes of the orchestra, expressing great satisfaction over the fact that they have given a splendid performance meeting the need of the era of Songun by significantly improving their artistic talents in perfect unity.
    He also praised their creative style, noting that they have firmly adhered to the principle of developing the symphony in Korean style, thereby creating the Juche-based symphony loved by the people.
    He set forth tasks which would serve as guidelines in further developing symphony, underscoring the need to make a graceful and rich artistic representation of the spiritual world of the people growing nobler with the advance of the times to fully meet their cultural and emotional need.

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