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Hong Kong Phil boss "dreams of working with Jackie Chan"Posted on: April 17, 2014 16:26:26
The musical director of one of Asia’s most well-known orchestras dreams of bringing in some unorthodox talent to perform with his musicians.
Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Jaap van Zweden explained that it is his dream to rope in Chinese and Hollywood film star Jackie Chan to perform alongside the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Unveiling the orchestra’s new programme soon after signing another three-year deal to stay with the orchestra until 2019, Mr van Zweden explained that one of his biggest ambitions is to persuade the film icon to narrate Prokofiev’s children’s story Peter and the Wolf with the Hong Kong Philharmonic behind him.
“How about we play Peter and the Wolf with Jackie Chan as the narrator? My gut feeling tells me he would say ‘find me a date and I will come’”, the music director said.
He added that he would like to see the event set up for disabled and housebound people in Hong Kong, allowing them to experience the “food for the soul” that is classical music.
“We the Philharmonic are part of the community, which is not only made up of successful businessmen,” Mr van Zweden told the South China Morning Post. “Such a concert would enable those with special needs from Hong Kong to enjoy the music and see Chan in real life – something that he cares about as much as we do.”
The Dutch music director works with other orchestras around the world, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, while he also appeared recently as a guest conductor for the famous Vienna Philharmonic. He will also conduct the Chicago and New York Philharmonics later this month.
However, he says that his decision to sign a new deal with Hong Kong comes with his commitment to making the orchestra one of the best in the world and a major cultural attraction for visitors to the city.
The programme for the new season, which starts in September, includes pianist Yefim Bronfman joining the orchestra to play Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, while German violinist Frank Peter Zimmerman will play Sibelius’ Violin Concerto.
But Mr van Zweden said he was particularly looking forward to one ambitious project - the first part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the three-hour masterpiece Das Rheingold.
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