Classical Music Events in Taiwan

2006 Music Listings (Sept. 22 - Sept. 28)

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Chou Chun-shiang Double Bass Recital--Baroque Music for Double Bass and Harpsichord (周春祥低音提琴獨奏會--巴洛克時代作品之夜) will be presented at the National Recital Hall. Chou is currently a double bassist of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and has frequently been invited by the State Conservatory of Music in Munich to perform at the Double Bass Music Festival in Munich. Chou is noted for his brilliant performance techniques with a full characteristic sound. Music of earlier ages often requires mostly getting everything in the proper place. Thus, in order to keep the quality of the music and the originality of the program, Chou will invite Lin Yu-ling (林育伶) to play harpsichord, which results in clean and sharply defined sound and is so characteristic of the Baroque style. Chou's double bass is worth noting for it was made by Rocco Muratori in 1705 during the Baroque era. The program will include Giovannino del Violone's <Sonata in F Major>, Handel's <Konzert in G Minor>, Bach's <Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BWV1028, Pergolesi's <Sonata in G Major>, and Eccles's <Sonata in G Minor>.
*At the National Recital Hall, Taipei
*Tickets are NT$400 and are available through ERA ticketing.
*Tonight at 7:30pm

National Symphony Orchestra 20th Anniversary Concerts: Opera Legend--the complete work of “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (國家交響樂團20週年巨獻:歌劇神話--尼貝龍指環) will be performed at the National Concert Hall tonight and on Sunday as the last two of the four musico-dramatic works -- <<Siegfried (齊格飛)>> and <<Gotterdammerung (諸神黃昏)>>. Last weekend, the first two operas --<<Das Rheingold (萊茵黃金)>> and <<Die Walkure (女武神)>> -- were well-received. Wagner's Ring, a 16-hour masterpiece that took 26 years to complete, is one of Richard Wagner's greatest works. The story, which is based loosely on northern European folk tales, follows the struggles of gods and humans over a magic ring that grants its owner dominion over the world. In this masterwork, Wagner describes his views on the relationship between gods and people, good and evil, and legend and reality. Also, noted as orchestral magician, Wagner uses many leading motifs representing certain concepts such as the curse, power of  love, hero and Nothung Sward. These various motifs enable orchestra to act as a narrator and display a fantastic enchanting world. For this debut in Taiwan, staging director Li Huan-hsiung (黎煥雄), staging visual director Wang Jun-jieh (王俊傑), vocal coach and musical consultant Reinhard Linden, and chorus director Du Hei (杜黑) will team up with music director Chien Wen-pin (簡文彬) and more than 200 outstanding musicians to bring Wagner's unrivalled masterpiece to the stage. Principal cast includes bass James Morris, one of the greatest interpreters of the role of Wotan in the 20th century, soprano Linda Watson, bass Hans-Peter Konig, and Endrik Wottrich from the Bayreuth Festival as well as sixteen local singers.
*At the National Concert Hall, Taipei
*For tonight's concert, all NT$400 and NT$600 tickets are sold out, but seats are available from NT$900 to NT$2,000; for the concert on Sept. 24, only NT$1,200 and NT$1,600 seats are available through NTCH ticketing.
*Tonight at 6:00pm and Sept. 24 at 3pm

Philharmonia Moment Musical (PMM)-- The Other Side of Amadeus (樂興
will be presented at the National Concert Hall tomorrow featuring Conductor Chiang Ching-po (江靖波), Pianist Helen Huang (黃海倫). In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, PMM will perform all of Mozart's works and and the program will be based on the somber D minor key, which symbolizes Mozart's outpouring of his tragic felling. Conductor Chiang, Pianist Huang, and four local vocal soloists will be accompanied by PMM and three choral groups to present Mozart's <Piano Concerto No.20 in D Minor, K.466>, <Zauberfloete Overture>, and <Requiem Mass>. K.466 is the only Mozart's piano concerto in a minor key This work, crowned by the "catharsis" theme in D minor, was composed in 1785, which marked an important turning point in Mozart's attitude toward his work. It is symphonic in conception and gives a powerful and impassioned role to the orchestra. The 24-year-old phenomenal pianist Helen Huang, protege of Kurt Masur, is now renowned worldwide and performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic Series, Washington's  National Symphony Series, the Gewandhaus Symphony and extensively throughout the world.
*At the National Concert Hall, Taipei
*Tickets are from NT$400 to NT$1,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
*Saturday at 7:30pm

Composer Portrait Series II--Mozart's Vocal Music (大師系列--莫札特聲樂篇) will be held at the Hsinchu Municipal Auditorium (新竹市立演藝廳) on Sept. 24 and at the Novel Hall (新舞臺) on Sept. 25 to mark Taiwan's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Conductor Miriam Burns and Soprano Lo Ming-fang (羅明芳) will present a program of works by Mozart and Chen Mei-chun (陳玫君).
*At the Hsinchu Municipal Auditorium, 17, Tungta Rd, Sec 2, Hsinchu City (新竹市東大路二段17號) on Sept. 24 and the Novel Hall, 3-1 Sungshou Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路3-1號) on Sept. 25
*For Hsinchu concert, tickets are from NT$100 to NT$300 and for Taipei concert, as of press time, NT$500 and NT$800 tickets are sold out, but NT$300, NT$1,000, and NT$1,200 seats are available through ERA ticketing.
*Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 at 7:30pm

Wagner Opera Highlights (華格納歌劇選粹) will be staged at the National Concert Hall on Sept. 28 as part of the National Symphony Orchestra Opera (NSO) Legend Series. Wagner is one of the most influential figures in the history of music. he completely altered the development of opera with his establishment of the "total art work" concept. Wagner believed that music should be the combination of all things -- psychology, feelings, politics, race -- and that there was nothing it couldn't express. he called this type of art the "music drama." He was also quite a talented poet. He wrote his own scripts, finding inspiration in old myths and folk tales. The high degree of integration between literature and art in Wagner's operas made them extremely dramatic, and it was this strong dramatic tension that people found most fascinating about the composer. In this concert, outstanding local and international vocalists team up with Taiwan's NSO to bring you some of this exceptional musician's greatest works. A pre-concert lecture will be presided by Hsing Tzu-ching (邢子菁) and held 30 minutes prior to the concert at the lobby of the National Concert Hall.
*At the National Concert Hall, Taipei
*As of press time, NT$400 and NT$600 tickets are sold out, but seats are available from NT$900 to NT$2,000 through NTCH ticketing.
*Sept. 28 at 7:30pm