In Friday’s (4/18) South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Oliver Chou writes, “Action star Jackie Chan could one day take a break from performing in front of film cameras to appear on stage alongside the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Getting Chan to tell Sergei Prokofiev’s children’s story Peter and the Wolf, accompanied by music performed by the Philharmonic, is one of the dreams of Jaap van Zweden, music director of the orchestra. He is planning to build up the city’s flagship orchestra into a top cultural attraction in the city. … Van Zweden says he hopes to organise the concert for the city’s disabled people, including those who are bedridden, so that they also have the opportunity to enjoy classical music—’the food for the soul. … We, the Philharmonic, are part of the community, which is not only made up of successful businessmen.’ … Van Zweden has just committed himself to a further three-year term with the orchestra up to 2019, even though he is much sought after around the world.” Van Zweden is music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and guest conducts widely.
Posted April 18, 2014