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In pictures: North Korea concert

Members of the New York Philharmonic orchestra wave on arrival at Pyongyang airport, North Korea (25/02/2008)

America's oldest and most distinguised orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, has played a historic concert in Pyongyang, the capital of secretive North Korea.

The New York Philharmonic orchestra perform in the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre in North Korea (26/02/2008)

The concert venue, East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, is usually the venue for performances that celebrate North Korea's dynastic leaders and national achievements.

North Korean woman arrive at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, North Korea (26/02/2008)

But the audience of North Korea's elite and foreign guests heard a series of classical compositions which the musicians hoped would help build cultural understanding.

Audience members stand in East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, North Korea (26/02/2008)

The audience stood while the orchestra played the national anthems of both countries.

The New York Philharmonic orchestra perform in Pyongyang, North Korea (26/02/2008)

Before leading the orchestra in Gershwin's American in Paris, conductor Lorin Maazel joked that, one day, there might be a piece called Americans in Pyongyang.

Senior North Korean officials applaud the New York Symphony orchestra after their concert in Pyongyang, North Korea (26/02/2008)

The concert finished with Arirang, a much-loved folk song on both sides of the Korean border. The musicians received a standing ovation of several minutes.

A North Korean waitress helps a member of the New York Philharmonic orchestra at a breakfast buffet in Pyongyang, North Korea (26/02/2008)

Lavish hospitality was laid on for the musicians, and they were also given a sightseeing tour of the capital, taking in statues of the country's dynastic leaders.

Conductor Lorin Maazel surrounded by chefs during a banquet in Pyongyang, North Korea (25/02/2008)

Mr Maazel said the reaction to the concert had been "stunning" and that the visit had been "instrumental in opening a little door" for improved relations.

Commuters wait for a bus in Pyongyang, North Korea (26/02/2008)

The concert was broadcast on state media, but critics have said it is unlikely to have any impact on people's lives, and was a propaganda coup for the country's leaders.

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