Here Comes Taipei Traditional Arts Festival Again! Let’s Travel Around the Globe Together!
Thirty years have passed since Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO) organized the first Taipei Traditional Arts Festival in 1986. Now it has become the longest-running celebration of traditional arts in Taiwan. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the 2017 Taipei Traditional Arts Festival will be held from March to June, presenting 30 performances of various styles of performing arts and thus becoming the largest artistic feast in Taipei during this spring! In coordination with the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade, the annual traditional arts festival is centered at the theme of “Travelling around the Globe” this year, not only presenting our own traditional arts but also interpreting traditions from various parts of the world so that Taipei citizens are able to taste the diversified cultural traditions form different countries. Such a concept is embodied in the festival’s opening concert, Taiwanese Aboriginal Carnival, a 60-minute piece originally written for choir and orchestra by Lee Che-Yi in 2015 based on the traditional songs of seven aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. At the invitation of TCO, Lee arranges this piece for Chinese music and expands it to cover the traditional songs from nine tribes in nine chapters. The program features TCO Chorus, Taipei Philharmonic Choir, Taipei Philharmonic Children Choir and the choir of Ching Yeh Elementary School from Pingtung, as well as two brilliant aboriginal singers, Usay Kawlu and Bokeh Kosang, as the lead vocalists. Such a magnificent and grandiose performing style is truly rare in Chinese music. As for the presentation of the world’s cultures, three programs are designed to cover traditions from Southeast Asia, Turkey, Yunnan and Thailand. Led by such world-renowned conductors as Yeh Tsung. In addition to the Taiwanese opera presented by Liao Chiung-Chih, praised as Taiwan’s national treasure and top “Kudan” (the sorrowful female character in the Taiwanese opera), this year’s festival will conclude with The Four Women in Puppet Master Lee Tien-Lu’s Life, a brand-new production of original Hokkien-language opera composed by Chien Nan-Chang. Hence, all of you are cordially invited to travel around the globe with TCO in the 2017 Taipei Traditional Arts Festival!