Theatrical Concert "Le Mysterieux Voyage" (神祕之旅音樂劇)
created and directed by Jean-Claude Meurisse with Photographer Robin and Director Venturini will be shown in Taipei tonight.
As part of a international tour on Jules Verne's footprints titled "Bons Baisers de Jules Verne" (With Love from Jules Verne)
which commemorates the centenary death anniversary of Verne. The concert will take place around the world through the Alliances
Francaise network (法國文化協會). The tour have benefitted from theater workshops,
participated in a creative writing competition, viewed photo exhibitions, and others. The musical "The Mysterious Voyage"
is a veritable adventure music including ballads, jazz, boogie, rock, and classical airs, all passing through traditional
a capella music. Verne's writing is certainly an adventure in geography, but it also reveals the personalities and mysterious
inner lives of his characters. Composer Meurisse will perform piano solo and lead the two other comedians as well as the audiences
into a music journey where love and time create a mysterious voyage. This show will interest adults and children alike.
the Hua Shan Cultural and Creative Industry Center (華山創意文化園區)
NSO Master Chamber concert Series: Brass Master
Stefan Dohr's French Horn Concert (名家室內樂: 柏林銅管名家史蒂芬．多爾).
A lineup of musicians will include violinists Li I-ching (李宜錦) and Teng Hao-tun (鄧皓敦),
violists Grace Huang (黃瑞儀) and Lu Meng-san (呂孟珊), cellist Lana Hsiung (熊士蘭),
bassist Fu Yung-ho (傅永和), French hornists Dohr and Huang Jen-hsien (黃任賢), oboist
Lin Li-yueh (林麗玥), and pianist Lin Hui-ying (林慧英). Dohr is the principal horn player
of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra since 1993 and is a highly skilled musician who has worked with many great maestros including
Abbado, Barenboim, Tate, and Thielemann. dohr has won great praise from music critics worldwide for his renditions of even
the most difficult musical compositions. French horn, an instrument that evolved from the early hunting horn, was a favorite
of Mozart and Brahms, and both of them gave great prominence to it in their works. Many of their concertos and chamber concert
pieces have become requirements for any French horn player to master. Thus, the concert program will include Mozart's <Horn
Quintet, K.407> and <divertimento, K.251> and Brahms' <Trio for Piano, Violin, and Horn, Op.40>.
Recital Hall, Taipei
*As of press time, NT$300 tickets are sold out, but seats are still available from NT$400 to NT$500
through NTCH ticketing.
*Tomorrow at 7:30pm
Richard Strauss Cycle 2: Till Eulenspiegel (發現理查．史特勞斯系列二:
狄爾的惡作劇). Eulenspiegel is a German folk hero, most likely fictional, in
the 14th century. People said he loved to play jokes on others, and generally poking fun at nearly everyone. In the end, however,
the law caught up with him, and poor Eulenspiegel lost his life on the gallows. Strauss' <Till eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks>
is a brilliant musical portrayal of this legendary trickster's jokes. However, music critics comment that Strauss also places
a big joke on orchestra as1well as conductor with its complicated dynamics. In addition, this concert will feature conductor
Chang Tah-sheng (張大勝) and Stefan Dohr, the principal horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,
performing Strauss' <Horn Concerto No.2>. This concerto is considered among the greatest challenges for French horn
players, and Dohr has won great praise from music critics for his rendition. Also, Brahms' <Symphony No.1, Op.68> will
be presented as part of the program. A pre-concert talk will be held in the lobby of the National Concert Hall 30 minutes
prior to the concert.
*At the National Concert Hall, Taipei
*Tickets range from NT$300 to NT$1,500 and are available
through NTCH ticketing.
*Nov. 5 at 2:30pm
Conductor Joseph Flummerfelt and Formosa Singers
(福爾摩沙合唱團). Flummerfelt, a gifted orchestral conductor, made his
conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1988 and has appeared as guest conductor with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,
Orchestra of St. Luke's, Honolulu Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and others. Widely known as
master teacher, Flummerfelt has long worked with both gifted students and established professionals in his classes and rehearsals
at Westminster Choir College and in master-classes in the US and around the world. One of the consistent results of his passion
for choral/orchestral music is the student-composed Westminster Symphonic Choir, an ensemble continually praised for its power
of expression, colorful nuance, robust rhythmic intensity, and elegant balance. Flummerfelt's many honors include le Prix
du President de la Republique from L'Academie du Disque Francais, two Grammy nominations and four honorary doctoral degrees.
In the concert accompanied by pianist Tsai Yu-shan (蔡昱姍), Flummerfelt will lead members of Formosa Singers
and present a program of works, including Barber's <Agnus Dei>, Schoenberg's <Freiden auf der Erde>, Verdi's <Ave
Maria>, Lauridson's <O Magnum Mysterium>, Brahms' selections from <Zigeunerlieder>, Bernstein's two selections
from <West Side Story>, and three spirituals arranged by Hall Johnson, Henry Thacker Burleigh, and Robert Shaw.
*At the National Concert Hall, Taipei
*As of press time,
NT$800 and NT$1,000 tickets are sold out, but seats are available from NT$300 to NT$500 through NTCH ticketing.
Italian Tenor Salvatore Licitra (里契特拉)
has been dubbed the New Pavorotti, a tenor “worthy of the great Italian tradition,” and hailed as one of the world's
most outstanding tenors of his generation is returning to Taiwan on Nov. 9. This will be a must see for opera goers. Licitra's
rise to stardom was almost meteoric and soon after he stepped in on short notice to replace Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi
in Puccini's <Tosca> which was expected to be the Pavarotti's farewell performance at a 2002 Metropolitan Opera gala
performance. Licitra is hailed for his rich, dark-hued muscular tone, viscerally powerful top notes, and his sheer star power.
Conducted by Warren Jones and joined by the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Licitra will sing a selection of arias and standards,
including Verdi's "Celeste Aida" from <Aida>, Puccini's "E lucevan le stelle" from <Tosca>, Giordano's "Amor ti
vieta" from <fedora>, and other arias and standards from <Turandot> and <Neapolitan songs>.
*At the National
Concert Hall, Taipei
*As of press time, NT$300, NT$1,000, NT$3,000, and NT$4,200 tickets are sold out, but seats are still
available from NT$1,300 to NT$2,500 and NT$3,500 through NTCH ticketing.
*Nov. 9 at 7:30pm