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Kenny G to perform with Korean orchestra

2012/05/22 | Permalink | Source

By Rachel Lee

Jazz virtuoso Kenny G and his saxophone are set to enrapture Korean fans once again Wednesday.

The 55-year-old will perform at Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul in his first show here in four years. This time, he will perform with Korean accompaniment, provided by the Millennium Symphony Orchestra.

Kenny G's Asia tour celebrates his 2010 album "Heart and Soul". Besides Korea, he will travel to China, Japan and Malaysia. The latest disc is his 13th studio release, produced by renowned studio master Walter Afanasieff and the artist himself and includes songs "Heart and Soul", "Deja vu" and "Fall Again", which features American R&B singer Robin Thicke.

Kenny G is one of the most successful musicians in the world, having sold over 80 million albums since his debut in 1982.

The Seattle-born musician started playing the saxophone in 1966 when he was 10. He released a self-titled debut album in 1982, followed by "G Force" in 1983 and "Gravity" in 1985.

His early albums were moderately successful, but he shot to stardom in 1992 with the release of " Breathless " that sold 15 million copies around the world, making it the best-selling instrumental album of all time. "Mirame Bailar", one of the tracks on "Rhythm & Romance" released in 2008, features Korean soprano Sumi Jo.

The Grammy Award winner has collaborated with notable musicians such as Andrea Bocelli, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole.

He will be accompanied by his band and the Millennium Symphony Orchestra, which was formed in 2003. The orchestra has provided soundtracks for television drama "Beethoven Virus" and "Ice All Stars", an ice show by Olympic champion figure skater Kim Yu-na in 2009.

Kenny G will even give his saxophone to one lucky audience member on the night.

The concert is at the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul at 8 p.m. Tickets range from 66,000 to 220,000 won. For more information, call (02) 6292-9370.

Setlist:

Breathless

The moment

Going home

Forever in love

Songbird

Havana

Heart and Soul

Romance

Ocean Breeze

Asian Dream

Can You Feel the Love Tonight

I Will Always Love you

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