San Francisco Guitar Quartet (SFGQ, 舊金山吉他四重奏)
will give concerts in Taiwan at Chungli Arts Center (中壢藝術館音樂廳), 16
Chungmei Rd, Chungli City, Taoyuan County (桃園縣中壢市中美路16號)
on June 3 (Free admission), at Sinjhuang City Cultural Center (新莊文化藝術中心),
133 Zhongpin Rd, Sinjhuang City, Taipei County (台北縣新莊市中平路133號)
on June 4 (NT$200 and NT$350), at National Chiao Tung University Arts Center (交通大學藝文中心),
1001 Ta Hsueh Rd, Hsinchu City (新竹市大學路1001號) on June 6 (NT$100 and NT$200),
Providence University Zhi Shan Hall(靜宜大學至善樓大禮堂), 200
Chungchi Rd, Taichung County (台中縣沙鹿鎮中棲路200號) on June
7 (free admission), and at the National Recital Hall on June 10 (NT$300 to NT$600). Since its inception in 1997, SFGQ has
become one of the most sought-after classical guitar ensembles performing today, whose repertoires of music not only just
please, but actually engage listeners on a deeper level. Committed proponents of new music as well as the classics, SFGQ draws
from a rich background of musical traditions including classical, world and ethnic traditions, and improvisation. The members
of SFGQ, Mark Simons, Christopher Hanford, David Duenas, and Patrick Francis, have each distinguished themselves as soloists
and chamber musicians with first prizes in the American String Teachers Association Competition, the Baltimore Chamber Music
Awards Competition and many others. SFGQ's recordings, "Black Opal" (2001), and the latin-infused, "Compadres" (2003), contain
several world premiers as well as vibrant new arrangements by SFGQ, and its 2006 album will feature some groundbreaking pieces.
These albums reflect the group's affinity for exploring new musical territory and for presenting compelling new works to the
audience. The program will include Brazil's most accomplished contemporary guitarist/composer Bellinati's Baiao de Gude, American
award-winning guitarist/composer Johanson's Toccata, Spanish pianist/composer Albeniz's Granada, French guitarist/composer
Roux's Concerto in Rhythms of Latin Quartet, Italian cellist/composer Boccerini's Introduction and Fandango, Afro-Brazilian
composer/guitarist Machado's Five Popular Brazilian Dances, Italian composer Domeniconi's Oyun, SFGQ member Francis's McAllister
Street Blues, and Mi Compadre Nicolas Peruvian Traditional arranged by SFGQ member Duenas.
By embracing such a wide array
of musical genres and styles, SFGQ will certainly attract audiences by its sensitive performance and its high professionalism.
Tickets are available through ERA ticketing.
Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2:30pm Tuesday 7:30 Wednesday 7:30pm Next Saturday
2:30pm and 7:30pm
Rudolf Barshai and the National Symphony
will perform at the National Concert Hall on June 2 and at National Tainan University Recital Hall (台南大學雅音樓),
33, Sec. 2, Shulin St, Tainan City (台南市樹林街二段33號), on June 3
after a year since his last cooperation with the NSO. Barshai, one of the 20th century's great conductors and viola players,
led the famed Moscow Chamber Orchestra in 1955 before he emigrated to Israel in 1977. He was the leader of Israeli Chamber
Orchestra, then Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has since settled in Switzerland. Barshai and Shostakovich were long associates
and a founding member of the Borodin and Tchaikovsky String Quartets. He is famous for his interpretation of the emotions
found in the works of different composers. Barshai will bring you Beethoven's Grosse Fugue, Borodin's Chamber Symphony, and
Tchaikovsky's String Symphony. Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,500 in Taipei and NT$100 and NT$200 in Tainan and are available
through NTCH ticketing.
Tonight and Saturday 7:30pm
Liu Meng-jie Piano Recital -- "Heart" Sonata (劉孟捷鋼琴獨奏會--"心"
奏鳴曲) will touch your heart at National Concert Hall. In 1997, US-based Pianist Liu suffered
from a rare and debilitating illness that affected his connective tissues. Hospitalized and almost immobile for a year, doctors
believed his chances for survival were slim, and, should he survive, playing the piano would be "absolutely impossible." With
arduous determination and relentless physical therapy, Liu was restored to full health and embarked again on his concert career.
He started again his world concert tours in 2002. This season, he will be touring in Taiwan to present a series of sonatas
of Schubert. Tickets are NT$200 to NT$1,200 and are available through ERA ticketing.
Saturday 2:30pm 7:30pm
Mezzo-Soprano Fan Ting-yu Recital (次女高音范婷玉獨唱會)
will present opera fans with a special vocal treat from Fan, a young star of the NTCH and outstanding mezzo-soprano, at National
Rectial Hall. Fan has been represented by German ZBF agency since 2005. She performs operas in the Hannover Conservatory and
actively participates in concerts in Germany. Accompanied by Pianist Hsieh Hsin-jung (謝欣容), Fan will
present Wagner's <Wesendonk Lieder>, which was composed based on the five love poems of Mathilde Wesendonk. In addition,
there will be Falla's <Seven Spanish Folksongs>, Bach and R. Strauss's lieders, and arias from <Les Huguenots>,
<Samson et Dalila>, <Mignon and la Cenerentola>, which are her speciality. Her distinguished vocal skills allow
her to perform flying melodies. As of press time, NT$300 tickets are sold out, but seats are available from NT$400 to NT$500
through NTCH ticketing.
The Maestro Series: Pinchas Zukerman Violin Recital
(小提琴巨擘祖克曼獨奏會) will be held at the National
Concert Hall. Joined by cellist Amanda Forsyth and Pianist Tatiana Goncharova, Zukerman, an Israeli violinist, violist, and
conductor, is recognized as one of the best violinists of the last 40 years and earned renown for his ability to magically
splice together mild sensitivity and wild passion in his music. He is the music director of the National Arts has made more
than 100 albums and 21 of them have been nominated for Grammy Awards, with two of them winning. The program will include Schubert's
Sonatina, Franck's Sonata, Kodaly's violin and cello duo, Faure's <Berceuse>, and Kreisler's <Liebesfreud>. Tickets
are NT$500 to NT$2,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
A Concert for Clarinet, Piano, and Harp (琴逢笛手--豎笛鋼琴與豎琴的對話)
will feature clarinetist Chad Burrow, Pianist Amy Cheng (鄭以琳), and Linda Sung (宋秀娟)
at National Recital Hall. The husband-wife duo Burrow, the youngest principal at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Cheng,
winner of the Helda Hermanns International Piano Competition, teach at Oklahoma State University. Burrow has been honored
at solo and chamber music competitions around the US, and was the only American clarinetist invited to participate in the
2003 Munich Competition. Cheng is also vice president of the Chopin Society of Mid-America and active in the Music Teachers
National Association and Okahoma Music Teachers Association. Sung has a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music, and currently an assistant professor at Da-Yeh University in Changhua County. The Taiwan debut
pieces include Bochsa's Sonatine and Nocturne for Clarinet, harp and Piano and Edward Knight's Romance for Clarinet and Piano.
Also, the program will not only feature works of Brahms, Ravel, Salzedo, Schumann, Liu Wen-hsiang (劉文祥),
and Chen Ling-chao (陳玲昭), but also incorporate ballroom dancing, mime performance, and multi-media arts
to create an innovative form of concert.