Echo of Friend­ship

Korea (English) - - CONTENTS - Ar­ti­cle: Jong Ki Sang

The Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Orches­tra of the Min­istry of De­fence of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion vis­ited Py­ongyang from June 25 to July 3. They laid a flo­ral bas­ket be­fore the stat­ues of Pres­i­dent Kim Il Sung and Chair­man Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill.

The orches­tra pre­sented a gift to the re­spected Kim Jong Un. It was given to a rel­e­vant of­fi­cial of the DPRK by Valery Khalilov, head of the mil­i­tary orches­tra ser­vice of the Armed Forces of Rus­sia and chief con­duc­tor.

Eight years ago the orches­tra vis­ited the DPRK and staged their per­for­mance in pres­ence of Kim Jong Il on the oc­ca­sion of his birth­day, the Day of the Shin­ing Star, and was hon­oured with hav­ing a photo taken with him. On this visit they pre­pared with sin­cer­ity colour­ful pro­grams out of their bound­less rev­er­ence for the peer­lessly great men of Mt. Paektu and friendly af­fec­tion for the ser­vice per­son­nel and peo­ple of the DPRK.

The orches­tra staged their first per­for­mance at the East Py­ongyang Grand The­atre. The Rus­sian artistes sang songs in praise of the Korean lead­ers so that the venue was over­flowed with in­fi­nite re­spect for them.

The au­di­ence gave big hands to the ex­cel­lent per­for­mance of band mu­sic in por­trayal of the great­ness of the Songun pol­i­tics of the Work­ers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK–Rus­sia friend­ship, and other pieces in por­trayal of the as­pect of the na­tional art of Rus­sia, sen­ti­ments and cus­toms of the Rus­sian peo­ple.

The orches­tra held a joint street march and mil­i­tary mu­sic rit­ual with the Mil­i­tary Band of the Korean Peo­ple’s Army and the Fe­male Brass Band of the Korean Peo­ple’s In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces. There was a joint per­for­mance of the Korean and Rus­sian mil­i­tary bands. Dur­ing their stay, they vis­ited Mangy­ong­dae, Song­dowon In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Camp and other places in the DPRK, and paid flo­ral trib­ute to the Lib­er­a­tion Tower.

The visit of the Rus­sian mil­i­tary orches­tra marked a good op­por­tu­nity to boost the friend­ship be­tween the army and peo­ple of both coun­tries.

Photo: By cour­tesy of KCNA

Joint per­for­mance of Korean and Rus­sian mil­i­tary bands

Mem­bers of the orches­tra visit the Vic­to­ri­ous Fa­ther­land Lib­er­a­tion War Mu­seum and Song­dowon In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Camp

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