Actor Ken Jeong is known for his performances in Community and the Hangover series, but now, the Greensboro, North Carolina, native is returning to his classical music roots for a hybrid film-concert event.
Not So Classical, a concert performance film starring Jeong, conducted by Greensboro Symphony Music Director Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and directed by David Donnelly, will kick off the orchestra's 58th season. The world-premiere event, presented as part of the Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series, will take place at the Carolina Theatre September 28 and 30.
The piece comprises a series of short documentary vignettes, using interviews from musicians and members of the community who share their personal connection to the music presented. In doing so, the film highlights the universality of classical music and its ability to speak to people of various backgrounds, regardless of their music expertise.
Jeong echoes this in the video above: “Being on a movie set or being on a TV set, I think in terms of music; I think in terms of flow. If scenes go well, there’s a rhythm—there’s a cadence to it. Whether I know it or not, viscerally, you’re always looking for the flow artistically.”
The 90-minute presentation will weave video with performances of four classical pieces: Haydn’s overture to Lo speziale, Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G Major, Chopin’s Prelude No. 15, and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2.