Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jackie to Narrate Peter and the Wolf?

Jaap van Zweden, music director for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra dreams of inviting Jackie to perform "Peter and the Wolf".

Action star Jacky Chan could one day take a break from performing in front of film cameras and appear on stage alongside Hong Kong Philharmonic if the orchestra's music director Jaap van Zweden gets his way.

Getting Chan to tell Sergei Prokofiev’s classic children’s story Peter and the Wolf, accompanied by classical music performed by the Philharmonic, is one of the dreams of Van Zweden.

The Dutchman is planning to build up the city’s flagship orchestra into a top cultural attraction in the city.

"How about we play Peter and the Wolf with Jackie Chan as the narrator?" van Zweden said. "My gut feeling tells me he would say ‘find me a date and I will come’."

Van Zweden said he hopes to organise the concert for the city’s handicapped people, including those who are bed-ridden, so that they also have the opportunity to enjoy classical music – “the food for the soul”.

He said: “We the Philharmonic are part of the community, which is not only made up of successful businessmen.

“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.”



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