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Edo De Waart and Mahler's 7th Symphony; Film Review - "Dreamgirls"; Studio Performance - Mime from "Silence Theatre"; Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour (06 Mar 2007)

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The current Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart, is renowned for – among other things - his sensitivity to, and interpretation of, the music of Gustav Mahler. This week, he's conducting the orchestra in Mahler's massive Seventh Symphony. We went along to their rehearsals, and spoke to the maestro, yesterday. "Dreamgirls" debuted on Broadway in 1981. It's the story of a female singing trio, loosely based on Diana Ross and the Supremes, and the ups and downs of their professional life. It's also a fictitious look at a music impresario who doesn't have many scruples. One member of the cast of "Dreamgirls", Jennifer Hudson, took home an Academy Award last week for her performance in the movie. Gary Pollard's here to tell us about the film. Mime is part drama, part dance. In our studio today two members of Silence Theatre, Eric Chan and Betty Leong, talk to us about their upcoming show "Mime? Or Don't Mime?", and perform an excerpt. Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour has worked with Western musicians such as Peter Gabriel, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul Simon. His biggest international hit so far has been "Seven Seconds", a duet with Neneh Cherry. Apart from pop tunes he's also composed an African opera, and football fans will remember that he wrote and performed the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Last weekend he and his band the Super Etoiles de Dakar, were performing at the Cultural Centre. We went to talk to him during their rehearsals.

Program: 
The Works
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Station: 
RTHK
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