Hu, Chirac to be among 50,000-member audience
This article was corrected at 7:30 p.m.
BEIJING — Gallic electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre will become the first Westerner to perform in Beijing’s massive Tiananmen Square, when his laser and music spectacular unspools Sunday to kick off the French Cultural Year in China.
Jarre will play for an invitation-only audience of 50,000 including Chinese President Hu Jintao and French President Jacques Chirac. The 99-acre square can hold 1 million people.
The show will be the first outdoor event to be performed using Dolby Laboratories’ 5.1 surround sound.
The Warner Music artist became the first Westerner to perform a large-scale pop concert in China in 1982, with a show at Beijing’s Capital Auditorium. “Concert en Chine,” remains one of France’s bestselling albums.
The performance will be broadcast live via satellite in France on France 2 and in China on state-run CCTV.
Chinese electronics maker TCL is the show’s main sponsor, ponying up $500,000 for the concert.