Magazine March 20, 2017, Issue

‘Step, Step, Step’

Ureuk Symphony Orchestra (image via Facebook)
On paeans to dictators and other difficult music

The New York Philharmonic is the main orchestra in New York — but there are others, including the Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra. Some think that the pit band is better than the onstage symphony orchestra. But that’s another article.

Among the lesser orchestras — very lesser — is the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra. The name derives from a legendary musician of Korean antiquity, Ureuk. He invented the gayageum, a kind of zither.

The USO — not to be confused with the United Service Organizations, and Bob Hope’s performances for soldiers — does not play regularly. It plays occasionally, and ceremonially. The orchestra rents Merkin

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