Bill Murray has found a new passion: classical music. The actor has teamed up with acclaimed German-born cellist Jan Vogler to put together a stage show, titled “New Worlds,” which will premiere in the summer, according to The New York Times. The show will be accompanied by an album, to be released in August.
Accompanied by Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez, Murray will sing an array of songs, including some selections from “West Side Story” and Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair.” The actor will also read fragments of Walt Whitman and Ernest Hemingway, while the trio, led by Vogler, plays Schubert, Bach and Piazzolla.
“New Worlds” will premiere on July 20 at Festival Napa Valley, followed by a North American tour, which will include a performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in October. The complete tour schedule has not been announced yet.
“We are from four different continents,” Murray told the Times about all four members being from separate parts of the word: United States, East Germany, China and Venezuela. “And when the continents come together, the music moves right across the peninsulas from one to the other. It’s just a short journey from one continent to the other.”