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Chatting with Doug!

November 13th, 2017: Joseph Hsia, Junior Peace and Music Ambassador 2017

Doug: Joey, how does it feel to be the 2017 Harmony for Peace Foundation Peace & Music Ambassador?

Joey: I am honored to have been selected as the 2017 Peace & Music Ambassador. The role has given me several opportunities to perform for the benefit concerts and spread the message of peace.


Doug: And those performances have been magical! What do you see as your most important task as an Ambassador?

Joey: My most important task is to represent the foundation and to promote its vision of international peace and understanding through music.

Doug: And music and peace go hand in hand! What do you love about performing in the Harmony for Peace concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts?

Joey: It was an inspiring experience to play in such grand concert halls and in particular to collaborate with top musicians.

Doug: What was your reaction when you were asked to solo with The Philadelphia Orchestra next April?

Joey:  I was ecstatic and couldn't believe when I heard my name called. The excitement has lasted for a long time. Now I am looking forward to it. I would like to invite you all to the concert on April 21st, 2018.

Doug: We'll be there! Tell me about your dream job when you get out into the world?

Joey: At this point I am not quite certain of what my dream job would be since I have many interests and hobbies.

Doug: You have a little bit of time before you have to make those decisions! We know you love the violin! But if you could learn another instrument, what would it be and why?

Joey: I would like to learn cello. When I was 3 years old, I always wanted to learn cello because it was bigger than the violin. I also like the grand sound of the cello.

Doug: Let us know when your first cello recital is! Will the Eagles go to, and win, the Super Bowl?

Joey: Probably not because of Carson Wentz's ACL injury.

Doug: Wentz's injury is a devastating blow to the Eagles' chances. But you never know!

Doug Shimell (Actor, narrator, MC, and TV reporter, formerly NBC10 TV Philadelphia).  Doug Shimell is an Emmy-winning journalist and actor, whose TV news career spans 34 years. He has chased tornadoes in Oklahoma and rooted out political corruption in Texas. Doug has advocated for the voiceless and powerless in taking on corporations and governments.  His coverage created tougher laws governing truck drivers and puppy mill operators. Doug recently retired from NBC News in Philadelphia, which allows him to pursue his film and theater career full time. He just appeared off-Broadway in, "A Sketch of New York," Associate Produced the documentary, Ghostheads on Netflix and appears in TV and digital commercials for Activia and AT&T airing this Fall. Doug is an avid tennis player and lives in suburban Philadelphia.
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