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Symphony Orchestra Gives Foundation Day Concert

The National Symphony Orchestra gives a concert titled Socialist Symphony at the historic Moranbong Theater in Pyongyang on September 10, 2018 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

The National Symphony Orchestra gave a concert Socialist Symphony at Moranbong Theater on September 10 (Monday) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK.

Attending the concert were Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam (Kim Yo’ng-nam), State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu), Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman and WPK Light Industry Department Director An Jong Su (An Cho’ng-su), WPK Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations Choe Hwi (Ch’oe Hwi), Minster of the People’s Security Gen. Choe Pu Il (Ch’oe Pu-il), Minister of State Security Col. Gen. Jong Kyong Thaek (Cho’ng Kyo’ng-t’aek), Pyongyang City WPK Committee Chairman Kim Nung O (Kim Nu’ng-o) and DPRK Vice Premiers Ri Ryong Nam (Ri Ryong-nam), Jon Kwang Ho (Cho’n Kwang-ho), Kim Tok Hun (Kim Tok-hun) and Ri Ju O (Ri Chu-o), along with leading officials of various party, state and security organizations, leading officials and functionaries of national institutions and DPRK citizens who have received state awards for their work at various production units in Pyongyang.

Members of the DPRK central leadership and audience members watch the symphony on September 10, 2018 (Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

Various foreign delegations visiting the country for Foundation Day events, the head of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and foreign diplomats, defense attaches and NGO reps stationed in the DPRK also attended the concert.

The National Symphony Orchestra gives a concert to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK on September 10, 2018 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

The concert began with “The Glorious Country” and the DPRK’s National Anthem followed by “Ode to the People’s Republic,” “My Country is so Nice,” “Great Guardian,” “Prosperous Country,” “Song of the Socialist Advance,” “Friendly Music” and “Oh Party, It is Thanks to Your Care.”  The musicians “highly praised President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) for building the country into a people-centered socialist state, independent in politics, self-supporting in the economy and self-reliant in defense” and they praised “Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) for devoting all his life to implementing the cause of building a powerful country under the banner of So’ngun (military-first).”

The orchestra “well represented…the people’s deep reverence and trust in Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un who is glorifying the DPRK as a dignified people’s country.”

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