Strik­ing a Chord

World in Tune, an evening of en­ter­tain­ment staged by the First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion, is set to be a night of melo­di­ous mer­ri­ment

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World in Tune, an evening of en­ter­tain­ment staged by the First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion, is set to be a night of melo­di­ous mer­ri­ment

World in Tune is an ini­tia­tive that demon­strates the power of mu­sic and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion to unite us all— and I think it’s ex­actly what the world needs now,” says First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion (FIF) chair­woman Michelle Ong, de­scrib­ing the star-stud­ded fundrais­ing gala din­ner to be hosted by the foun­da­tion on June 21 at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Hong Kong.

Guests will be treated to a mem­o­rable meal cre­ated by four of Hong Kong and Ma­cau’s finest three Miche­lin-starred chefs, while stun­ning in­te­ri­ors from Bel­gium-based artist Agnes Tai will add to the oc­ca­sion. Mem­o­rable en­ter­tain­ment will in­clude per­for­mances by New Zealand so­prano sensation Hay­ley Westenra, Lon­don-based Chi­nese clas­si­cal gui­tarist Xue­fei Yang, Hong Kong-based Sin­ga­porean singer-song­writer Han­jin Tan and Hong Kong a cap­pella group, Metro. A live auc­tion will in­clude a cu­rated se­lec­tion of lux­ury items and ex­pe­ri­ences.

One of the evening’s high­lights will be the un­veil­ing of a spe­cial record­ing project fea­tur­ing in­ter­na­tional mu­sic stars and FIF mem­bers Ea­son Chan, Renée Fleming and Lang Lang, with ar­range­ments by Hong Kong com­poser Leon Ko. The CD will be re­leased later in the year through Uni­ver­sal, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the FIF.

The foun­da­tion over­sees a va­ri­ety of ini­tia­tives lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally that sup­port the arts, mu­sic, Hong Kong her­itage, ed­u­ca­tion, men­tor­ing and schol­ar­ship. It also pur­sues in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and recog­ni­tion of Hong Kong’s ex­cel­lence on the world stage. “This event is par­tic­u­larly mean­ing­ful and ex­cit­ing be­cause we are bring­ing to­gether so many of our tal­ented sup­port­ers from Hong Kong and around the world to par­tic­i­pate,” says Michelle.

fundrais­ing com­mit­tee From left: Eric Ho, Louise Hung, Denise Lo, Yvette Yung, Hilary Tsui, Michelle ong, Michel La­mu­nière, and Adrian Che­ung

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