Music Makes the World Go round
The First Initiative Foundation enlisted leading lights of dining and entertainment for its fundraising gala, World In Tune, an event designed to highlight the power of music to unite and inspire
The First Initiative Foundation enlisted leading lights of dining and entertainment for its fundraising gala, World In Tune. 240 Maestros of the kitchen and wine cellar. 244 Perfectly tuned: The gala dinner in words and pictures
“I think It’s fantastic to support young performers and to Interest people In music In g e n e r a l”
— Renée Fleming
When the First Initiative Foundation hosted its night of musical merriment on June 21 at the Intercontinental Hong Kong, the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the unveiling of a special recording project featuring international music stars and foundation members Renée Fleming, Eason Chan and Lang Lang, with arrangements by Hong Kong composer Leon Ko.
The artists joined forces to record a tune called I Want, performed in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, based on the 1957 release of I Want Your Love by Grace Chang. “Leon’s done a great job on the arrangement,” said Eason of the CD, which will be released later this year, with all proceeds going to support the charity.
“It’s a song that was a huge hit here a few decades ago,” said Renée, “and I think that to revive it with all three artists makes a very interesting statement about collaboration.”
For foundation chairwoman Michelle Ong, the purpose of the evening was “to celebrate the power of music for unity and harmony. Music is a universal language that lets people connect, regardless of their culture and language. I think that’s what the world needs now.”