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

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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.”

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