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    • Hwabuk found something similar, though WordPress did not agree with his posting, so I’ll do it.

      Apparently in 2008 there existed not only a 보천보 《은하수》 making recordings, but also this combination 공훈국가합창단과 《은하수》 (SMC & “Unhasu”) performed on stage. The location and time of the two videos are different, but interestingly they start with exactly the same melody, the setting and outfit are the same, as well as the conductor.

      All four singers in the Youku video found by Umut later performed in the Unhasu Orchestra. In this Youtube video I can recognize at least Ham Kum-ju 함금주 and Pek Mi-yong 백미영. Their performance may be this one announced by the KCNA in 20081106
      “김정일총비서 중앙예술단체 예술인들의 공연을 관람
      06.11.2008 – 공훈국가합창단과 《은하수》, 만수대예술단, 《피바다》가극단, 국립민족예술단 예술인들이 출연한 공연무대에는 합창 《경례를 받으시라》, 남성독창과 합창 《동지애의 노래》, 관현악과 합창 《눈이 내린다》, 녀성3중창 《강선의 노을》, 녀성4중창과 혼성합창 《번영하라 조국이여》 등 다채로운 종목들이 올랐다. 김정일동지 …”

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    • I received information from China telling that the date of the Youku video performance was 2010.04.25, given for the celebration of the 78th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army. Thus it did not predate the establishment of UO. So Un-hyang and Hwang Un-mi had performed with UO during the Day of the Sun celebrations, of which the 2010.04.17 concert video has been published and commented here. For this 2010.04.25 concert they were apparently loaned to the Korean People’s Army Song and Dance Ensemble. Was it perhaps a friendly ladylike/gentlemanly gesture towards the anniversary of a neighbouring ensemble?

      Hwabuk tells that by that date the following happened, according to the KCNA:

      “24.4. A national meeting celebrating the 78th birthday of the Korean People’s Army is held at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang.
      24.4. The KPA Song and Dance Ensemble gives a performance at the April 25 House of Culture to celebrate the 78th birthday of the KPA.”

      Whether the concert hall is the April 25 House of Culture or not cannot be determined for sure. The photos available in the net seem to be so new that a lot of reconstruction certainly has happened over the years. But the stage appears to be of the same size.

      This movement of people between ensembles is always interesting. Even if the general habitus of a certain ensemble may be “civilian”, its members only need to change dress to become “military”. They perform same kind of songs irrespective of the dress.

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  1. And maybe also interesting for you, different new year concerts from UO in 2012, you haven’t pointed out here in the blog (all local tours).

    Unhasu Orchestra Gives New Year’s Concert in Hamhung:

    Pyongyang, January 17 (KCNA) — Creators and artistes of the Unhasu Orchestra started its local performance tour for the new year in South Hamgyong Province.
    The first performance was given at the Hamhung Grand Theatre on Tuesday.
    It was enjoyed by officials of the party, power organs and working people’s organizations in the province and officials and working people of industrial enterprises including the February 8 Vinalon Complex, the Ryongsong Machine Complex and the Hungnam Fertilizer Complex.
    After the playing of the national anthem, all the performers and audience paid silent tribute to General Secretary Kim Jong Il in humblest reverence.
    Its repertoire included female trio and chorus “Cantata to Comrade Kim Jong Il”, female trio and female pangchang immortal masterpiece “Song of Best Wishes”, male solo and pangchang “When We Sing of Songun”, male sextet and pangchang “Appearing in the East and in the West, It’s the Anti-Japanese Guerilla Style”, orchestral music and chorus “On the Path of Struggle under the Leadership of the General” and narration and orchestral music “Korea Has Risen Up”.
    Melodies of the hymns on the leader solemnly rang out on the stage, leading the audience to recollect with deep emotion the course in which South Hamgyong Province advanced in the van of the era under the leadership of Kim Jong Il.
    The concert imbued the audience with the ardent wishes of the dear respected Kim Jong Un that the province would fulfill its obligation as soldiers and disciples of Kim Jong Il who invariably trusted and projected its workers as vanguard fighters in economic construction.
    The performance goes on.

    Unhasu Orchestra Gives New Year’s Concert in Huichon:

    Pyongyang, January 25 (KCNA) — The Unhasu Orchestra gave the concert “The Cause of the Sun Will Be Immortal” on Wednesday in Huichon, Jagang Province.
    It was enjoyed by officials of the party and power bodies and working people’s organizations of Jangang Province, and officials and workers of the industrial establishments in the province including the Huichon Ryonha General Machinery Plant and the Huichon Precision Machine Plant.
    Colorful numbers included female trio and chorus “Cantata to Comrade Kim Jong Il”, female trio and pangchang immortal masterpiece “Song of Best Wishes” and chorus “His Life”.
    The performers sang high praises of the great feats of leader Kim Jong Il with deep yearning for him who made the devoted life-long service for the country and the people.
    The audience renewed their pledge to devote themselves to the building of a thriving nation as befitting creators of Kanggye spirit, standard-bearers of the industrial revolution in the new century and vanguard in the drive for pushing back the frontiers of the latest science and technology whom Kim Jong Il put forward with deep trust.
    The orchestra gave the concerts before full houses in Hamhung from Jan. 17 to 23.

    New Year’s Concert of Unhasu Orchestra Given in Huichon:

    Pyongyang, January 31 (KCNA) — A concert for the New Year of 2012 “The Cause of the Sun Will Be Immortal” was performed by the Unhasu Orchestra in Huichon of Jagang Province from Jan. 25 to 31.
    It was appreciated by service members of the People’s Army and builders of the Huichon Power Station and people from all walks of life in the province.
    The audience observed a moment’s silence in the memory of leader Kim Jong Il in humblest reverence.
    Put on the stage were female trio and chorus “Cantata to Comrade Kim Jong Il”, chorus “His Life”, male duet and male pangchang “We Long for You, General” and other colorful numbers.
    The performers highly lauded the revolutionary feats Kim Jong Il performed by making indefatigable efforts for the prosperity of the country and the happiness of its people.
    Narration and orchestral music “DPRK Has Risen Up” and chorus “DPRK, Forward” helped the audience harden their determination to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche that started in Mt. Paektu under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un.

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    • And maybe helpful for your prehistory page, reports from Moranbong Chorus and WAT Joint Concerts (also 2012).

      Joint Performance of Moranbong and Wangjaesan Art Troupes Given:

      Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) — A joint performance by Moranbong and Wangjaesan art troupes began at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.
      Enjoying the performance given on Saturday were creators, artistes, journalists and editors.
      Its numbers included female solo and pangchang “Sound of Bell”, female sextet “Glory to Our Great Party”, female solo and pangchang “Motherly Party Defending My Destiny”, female duet and pangchang “A Day of His” and light music “Let’s Sing of Our Pride in Being under the Guidance of the General”.
      The performers sang of the undying revolutionary exploits of General Secretary Kim Jong Il who paved the broad avenue for eternal happiness and prosperity of Kim Il Sung’s nation with his tireless devotion.
      The performance ended with instrumental music and song “Footsteps” and “Let’s Defend the Party with Lives” reflecting the Korean people’s iron will to carry forward the footsteps of the Korean revolution started in Mt. Paektu with the vigorous footsteps for victory of Songun and great footsteps for prosperity.
      The performance goes on.

      Performance of Moranbong, Wangjaesan Art Troupes:

      Pyongyang, January 19 (KCNA) — Moranbong and Wangjaesan art troupes gave a performance before full house at the People’s Palace of Culture.
      Enjoying it were officials of ministries and national institutions, creators and artistes of army artistic organizations and officials and working people in the city of Pyongyang.
      Its numbers included female solo and pangchang “Sound of Bell”, female sextet “Glory to Our Great Party”, female duet and pangchang “A Day of His”, light music “Let’s Sing of Our Pride in Being under the Guidance of the General” and dance “Snowflake”.
      Through songs and dances the performers represented the strong stamina of the Korean army and people to hold General Secretary Kim Jong Il in high esteem forever and work hard for shining victory in 2012 as his soldiers and disciples as well as their iron will to keep up the footsteps of the Korean revolution started on Mt. Paektu with the footsteps for Songun victory.
      The performance was acclaimed by the audience as it was perfect in every aspect by realizing the idea of the Workers’ Party of Korea on music building in the new century.

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    • Thanks for all these informations. You are very good at finding things. I try to get towards adding and rewriting UO information after the current avalanche of workload has passed.

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    • Thanks a lot for this. Your observation seems to be totally correct. The repertoire appears to be the same as in the 20101006 concert, even though the songs are given in a different order. The location definitely is different, and no specific dates are given.

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