PYONGYANG, North Korea (CNN) -- The New York Philharmonic Orchestra is preparing to play a historic concert in North Korea on Tuesday -- but no word yet on whether leader Kim Jong Il will attend.
Music director Lorin Maazel has his documents checked on arrival at the airport in Pyongyang.
In a country where music -- like most aspects of life -- is tightly controlled, symbolism will be heavy in the performance. Among the tunes on the play list are "The Star Spangled Banner" and "An American In Paris."
And in the orchestra, a symbol of North Korea's history -- Michelle Kim, who was born in South Korea to parents who fled from the North.....