Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin Recital -- The Mozart Project (安．蘇菲．慕特小提琴獨奏會
-- 莫札特計畫) will be held at National Concert Hall on June 23, at Tainan Municipal
Cultural Center Performance Hall (台南市立文化中心演藝廳),
332, Zhongshan E Rd, Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段332號)
on June 24, and at Hsinchu Municipal Auditorium (新竹市立演藝廳), 17, Tungta Rd,
Sec 2, Hsinchu City (新竹市東大路二段17號) on June 25. Mutter has been
one of the world's greatest violin virtuosos for the past three decades, receiving many awards for her recordings. After nine
years since Mutter's debut in Taiwan, she will return this weekend to play an all-Mozart repertoire to celebrate her 30th
stage anniversary as well as mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Mutter said, "I've never stopped thinking about
[Mozart], even when I was playing contemporary repertoire, and I've always been trying out new ways to get closer to him.
He's the composer I have grown up with, who was always there waiting for me at every juncture of my career." Accompanied
by pianist Lambert Orkis, Mutter will play Mozart's violin sonatas K376, K481, K379, K304, and K454. Sonata K376 in F Major
conveys the romance and elegance of Vienna; Sonata K304 in E Minor was finished while Mozart was on a trip to Paris and is
exceptionally rich in sentiments. After Mozart settled down in Vienna, he wrote Sonata K379 in G Major, which is noted for
its refinement and elegance in style. Sonata K454 in B Major shows the brilliance and grand scale of Mozart's music. Mutter
is married to famous conductor and composer Andre Previn. He is 77, accounting for their 34-year age difference. They married
in 2002. As of press time, only tickets from NT$2,400 to NT$4,800 for Friday's concert, and from NT$1,800 to NT$3,600 for
Saturday's concert, and from NT$2,400 to NT$3,600 for Sunday's concert are available through ERA ticketing.
Chang Ya-ching's 2006 Violin Recital (張雅晴2006小提琴獨奏會--法蘭西的冷暖)
organized by Chee-hsin Music Ensemble (知心樂坊) will be held at the Kaohsiung National CKS Cultural
Center's Chihshan Hall (高雄市中正文化中心至善廳),
67, Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號) tonight and at the National
Recital Hall on Tuesday. Chang is a pupil of renowned French Violinist Michele Auclair and this concert will present a program
of works from French composers, including Leclair's Sonata for violin and piano in D Major, Franck's Sonata for violin and
piano in A Minor, and Ravel's Sonata for violin and piano and his Tizigane. Pianist Cheng Su-chuan (鄭夙娟),
who together with Chang established the Chang-Cheng Duo, will accompany Chang to present this concert of French classical
music. Tickets are NT$200 in Kaohsiung and from NT$200 to NT$300 in Taipei and can be purchased through ERA ticketing.
and Tuesday 7:30pm
Formosa Singers 2006 Concert Series III (福爾摩沙合唱團九五年系列音樂會)
will be held at the National Recital Hall this Saturday and Sunday. Led by Conductor Julian Su (蘇慶俊)
and accompanied by Pianist Tsai Yu-shan (蔡昱珊), Formosa Singers, a 40-member mixed choir, will present
works on the theme of world soundscape as well as Taiwanese folk songs in praise of maternal love. The program include Whitacre's
<I Will Wade Out>>, Schafer's <Magic Songs>, four of Moses Hogan's spiritual songs, Chen Mei-chun's (陳玫君)
<Moonlit Night> (月光夜), and some newly arranged Taiwanese folk songs. As of press time, NT$300 tickets
of Saturday's concert are sold out, but seats are available from NT$500 to NT$800 on Saturday and from NT$300 to NT$800 are
available on Sunday through NTCH ticketing.
*Saturday and Sunday 7:30pm
Tseng Shih-fei and Cheng Yi-chun Violoncello and Piano (曾史妃與鄭怡君--大提琴與鋼琴的對話)
will be held in the lobby of Taipei Cultural Center (台北市立社教館), 25 Bade Rd,
Sec 3, Taipei (台北市八德路三段25號) on June 25. The program will include
Beethoven's 12 Variations in F Major on Mozart's "Ein Madchen oder Weibchen" and Beethoven's Seven Variations in E flat Major
on Mozart's duet "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe Fuhlen." Both pieces are adapted from Mozart's <Magic Flute>. Chou Fang-ru
(周芳如), chairwoman of Chamber Music Society of Taiwan, will introduce the program to the audience throughout
this lecture-recital. Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis.
Violinist Sarah Chang vs. National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (張莎拉VS國立台灣交響樂)
will be held at Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中中山堂), 98, Hsuehshi Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)
on June 26 and at the Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25 Bade Rd, Sec 3, Taipei (台北市八德路三段25號)
on June 27. One of the most remarkable prodigies of any generation, Chang has matured into a young artist with great musical
insight, technical virtuosity, and emotional range. She is "a wonder" with a "full, beautiful tone, unimpeachable intonation,
and restrained sincerity," praised <<The New York Times>>. The program will include Haydn's <Symphony No.101
in D Major>, Bruch's <Violin Concerto in G Minor Op.26>, and Richard Strauss's <Also Sparach Zarathustra Op.30>.
Felix Chen (陳秋盛) will conduct the NTSO and is regarded as one of the most active conductors in both domestic
and international music scenes. His vast repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary encompassing operatic and orchestral
programs. Tickets are from NT$300 to NT$1,000 in Taichung and from NT$400 to NT$1,200 in Taipei through NTCH ticketing.
and Tuesday 7:30pm
Soprano Gigi Chan Solo Recital (女高音詹怡嘉獨唱會)
will once again come to the National Recital Hall on June 23 as part of her annual routine, and her recitals are well received.
The release of her recent recording featuring Bach's <<Cantatas>> was a success. The theme of this concert will
be the "Voices of Spring" and the program will include works by Johann Strauss II, Stolz, Lehar, Delibes, Verdi, and others.
As of press time, all NT$600 tickets are sold out, but NT$500 seats are available through NTCH ticketing.