The 7th Taipei International Choral Festival (2006第七屆台北國際合唱音樂節)
will be held at the National Concert Hall as well as six other counties and cities in Taiwan simultaneously starting tomorrow
through Aug. 5. Organized by the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education (TPF, 台北愛樂文教基金會),
the eight-day festival will feature five prestigious choirs from all over the world, including Australia's Coco's Lunch (澳洲音樂精靈),
Croatia's Chamber Choir Ivan Filipovic Zagreb (克羅埃西亞室內合唱團),
Japan's Ensemble Pleiade (日本男聲合唱團), Norway's Cantus (挪威女生合唱團),
and Sweden's Gusta Sjokvists Chamber Choir (瑞典古斯塔夫室內合唱團).
Also, the festival in Taipei will be joined by the combined talents of National Taiwan University Alumni Chorus (台大校友合唱團),
Taipei Century Choir (台北世紀合唱團), Formosa Singers (福爾摩沙合唱團),
Festival Chorus (節慶合唱團), Taipei Philharmonic Chorus (台北愛樂合唱團),
and Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (台北愛樂青年管弦樂團).
When the concerts go on tour to Kaohsiung City, Hsinchu County, Ilan County, Nantou County, Tainan County, and Yunlin county,
local choirs will also join the concerts of the five guest groups. Also, the festival will feature a strong line-up of conductors,
including Goran Jerkovic, Ko Matsushita, Tove Ramlo, Gustaf Sjokvists, Gabor Hollerung, as well as several Taiwanese coral
conductors. The festival is organized by Dirk Du Hei (杜黑), executive director of the TPF. For more information,
please refer to the website: www.tpf.org.tw/event/2006festival/index.htm.
*At the National Concert Hall, Taipei as well as performance halls in
Hsinchu, Ilan, Nantou, Tainan, and Yunlin.
*Tickets cost from NT$250 to NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing
Taipei's concerts and through ERA ticketing for concerts in other
counties and cities.
*From tomorrow to Aug. 5 at 7:30pm
Chen Yen-yu Piano Recital (陳延瑜鋼琴獨奏會)
will be presented at the Performing Arts Hall of Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County Government (桃園縣政府文化局演藝廳)
tomorrow and at the National Recital Hall on Aug. 5. Chen is only 12 years old, but her finger strength and dexterity show
her advanced piano-playing ability. She has an exceptional fluent technique and plays crystal clear tone. At the age of 10,
Chen was accepted on full scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music, making her the youngest in a total of 19 Curtis piano
students of her year. This delightful piano recital will include Bach's <C Major Prelude and Fuge from the Well-Tempered
Clavier Book, BWV870>, a complete Beethoven's <Sonata in A Major, No.2, Op.2>, Schumann's <Abegg variations, Op.1>,
Ravel's <Jeux Deau>, and Chopin's <Preludes No.1-24, Op. 28>.
*At the Performing Arts Hall of Cultural Affairs
Bureau of Taoyuan County
Government, 21, Xianfu Rd, Taoyuan County (桃園市縣府路21號),
and the National Recital Hall, Taipei
*Free admission for Taoyuan's concert and all tickets are sold out for Taipei's concert.
and Aug. 5 at 7:30pm
Shuan Yin Arts Concert Series I-- Violin Duet Concert(玄音之夜音樂會一--絕代雙提小提琴二重奏)
will be presented at the Taipei City Family Theater (台北市親子劇場) on July
31. Violinist Tseng Keng-yuan (曾耿元) will lead young violinist Teng Hao-tun (鄧皓敦)
and young pianist Chung Hsiao-ching (鍾曉青) to present a well-rounded program of violin duets, including
Sarasate's <Navara (Spanish Dane), Op.33>, Leclair's <Sonata in E Minor, No.5, Op.5>, Wieniawski's <Etude-Caprices,
No.1, 2, and 4, Op.18, and Moszkowvski's <Suite in G Minor, Op.71>. Tseng is known for his dynamic, brilliant, and musical
style and has captivated his audience since early age.
*At the Taipei City Family Theater, 2F, 1, Shifu Rd, Taipei (台北市市府路1號)
are NT$300 to NT$1,000 and are available through ERA ticketing *Monday 7:45pm
Shuan Yin Arts Concert Series II--An Evening with Russian Cellist
will be held at the Taipei City Family Theater (台北市親子劇場) on Aug.
1. World renowned Russian cellist Suren Bagratuni will be accompanied by Pianist Boris Slusky to present a program of works,
including Bach's <Suite in D Major, BWV 1012, No.6> and Schubert's <Sonata in A Minor “Arpeggione”>.
*At the Taipei City Family Theater (台北市親子劇場),
2F, 1, Shifu Rd, Taipei
*Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000
and are available through ERA ticketing
Florence Tu (杜翠煙) Charity Piano Recital (公益鋼琴獨奏會--忘記憂鬱)
will be held at the National Recital Hall on Sunday entitled “Forgetting Depression.” A portion of the ticket
sales will be donated to the National Taiwan University Hospital and other depression self-help groups. Tu has a master degree
in piano from Germany's Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusseldorf (University of Music Dusseldorf) and has won numerous prizes
in international music competitions in Germany, Italy, and other nations. The concert will present a program of piano works,
including Schumann's <Theme Sur Le Nom ABEGG,Op.1>, Bach's <French Suites 5 in G Major>, Ravel's <Le Tombeau
De Couperin>, Mozart's <12 Variation ueber “Ah, vous dirai-je, Mamma”>, Brahms's <Intermezzi, Op.117>,
Corea's three solo pieces, and Barber's <Excursions No.3, Op.20>.
*At the National Recital Hall, Taipei
*Tickets are from NT$300 to NT$1,000 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
The 2006 Formosa International Guitar Festival (2006 福爾摩沙國際吉他藝術節)
will take place at the National Recital Hall on Aug. 2 and 3, at Taichung's Shinmin Senior High School (新民中學藝術中心)
on August 4 and 6, at the National Cheng Kung University's (NCKU) Cheng Kung Hall in Tainan (台南成功大學成功廳)
on Aug. 5, and at Taipei's Novel Hall (新舞台) on Aug. 8. The event is sponsored by the Taipei Genesis Guitar
Chamber Orchestra (台北創世紀室內暨吉他樂團) and Les
Cordes Vivantes Musique Ensemble (舞弦樂集) and is organized by France-based Guitarist Louis Tsou
(鄒世烈), who will also give concerts on Aug. 3, 4, and 8. The festival will feature five guitarists
Shin-Ichi Fukuda from Japan, Tania Chagnot from France, Pablo Marquez from Argentina, and Taiwan native guitarists Tsou and
Liu Shih-yu (劉士堉), and there will be two guitarists in each concert. Shin-Ichi Fukuda and Tania
Chagnot Guitar Recital (福田進一與塔妮雅．夏紐吉他獨奏會)
will open the festival at the National Recital Hall. Japanese guitarist
Fukuda was awarded many important international
prizes and has performed extensively at home and abroad. French guitarist Tania Chagnot is a professor at L'Ecole Nationale
de Musique de l'Hay-les-Roses and performs extensively in the world. She will play the first half of the program, including
Praetorius's <4 Danses du Terpsichore>, Mertz's <Elegie>, Brouwer's <Tres Apuntes>, Kleynjans's <L'Aube
du Dernier Jour>, and Dyens's <Saudade No.3>. Fukuda will play the second half of the program, including Giuliani's
<Rossiniane No.1, Op.119>, Takemitsu's <Wainscot Pond from “In the Woods,” 3 pieces for guitar>, Yoshimatsu's
<Forgettable Angel II, Op.8 for Guitar and Harmonica>, and also Taiwan's premiere of Cuban Composer Leo Brouwer's <El
Arpa y La Sombra>. Pablo Marquez and Louis Tsou Guitar Recital (帕布羅．馬奎斯與鄒世烈)
will also be held at the National recital hall as the second concert in six-concert series. Argentine guitarist Marquez has
appeared as a soloist in concerts all over the world and has been showcased individually by countless chamber and orchestral
ensembles. Tsou, organizer of this festival, is a France-based guitarist and has a diploma in guitar performance from L'Ecole
Normale de Musique de Paris and received a gold medal from L'Ecole Nationale de Musique de l'Hay-les-Roses. Tsou teaches as
a visiting professor at Conservatoire Russe de Paris Serge Rachmaninov. In the first part of the concert, Tsou will present
(董運昌) <L'Apres-midi au Ann-Pin>, Domeniconi's <Koyunbaba>, D'Angelo's <Due
Canzoni Lidie>, and Piazzolla's <Poema Valseado> and <La Muerte del Angel “Tango”>. In the second
part of the concert, Marquez will play works by Kantor, Falu, Uriburu, Sutti, Cabeza, Espinosa, Leguizamon, Saluzzi, and Ginastera.
For the first and second concert
*At the National Recital Hall
are NT$400 to NT$700 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
*Wednesday and Thursday 7:30pm
For other concerts by various guitarists in the festival
and 6 at Taichung's Shin-min Senior High School, 289, Sec. 3, Sanmin Rd, Taichung City (台中市三民路三段289號),
Aug. 5 at the NCKU, 1, University Rd, Tainan City (台南市大學路1號), and Aug. 8
at Novel Hall, 3-1, Sungshou Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路3-1號).
* Tickets range
from NT$350 to NT$800 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
*7:30pm on Aug. 2, 3, and 8 in Taipei, Aug. 4 and 6 in
Taichung, and Aug. 5 in Tainan