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Douglas, Zeta-Jones to Host Nobel Concert

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By Associated Press

October 30, 2003, 1:58 PM EST

OSLO, Norway -- When the organizers of the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert asked Michael Douglas to host the event, the actor asked if his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, could lend a hand.

"That was our first choice, but we didn't dare to ask for both at the same time," concert organizer Odd Arvid Stroemstad said Thursday. "It didn't take us long to say `yes.'"

Douglas and Zeta-Jones will act as co-masters of ceremony at the Dec. 11 concert in Oslo, the day after Iranian lawyer, writer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi accepts her 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.

Tim McGraw, the Chieftains accompanied by Rosanne Cash, the Cardigans, opera stars Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, Senegal's Orchestra Baobab and Broadway performer Martin Yates are among those scheduled to perform.

The traditional Nobel concert will be carried live in more than 100 countries.

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