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Bringing hope for peace in Korea through music

Can music foster peace between North and South Korea? That is the goal of the Lindenbaum Music Festival, which the Yale Symphony Orchestra (YSO) co-hosted in August. 

The ninth annual festival, held Aug. 6-12 in South Korea, concluded with a performance by musicians from around the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). A follow-up discussion at Sudler Hall in September, co-hosted by the undergraduate organization There’s Hope in North Korea (THiNK), featured Won Hyung Joon, chief artistic director of the Lindenbaum Orchestra; Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada, music director of the YSO; YSO members Jacob Sweet ’17, Connor Reed ’19, and Eli Mennerick ’21; and Lindenbaum Orchestra members Tyler Shin and Elliot Shin. 

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