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Silk Road Bimonthly 050

Silk Road Bimonthly 050

TCO has recently concluded its China tour in October, after giving two concerts respectively in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai Symphony Hall in Shanghai. TCO played to critical acclaim from the local music community, as it successfully distinguished itself from other Chinese orchestras with its unique timbre and well-balanced textures between different sections. Based on the success this time, TCO will continue its endeavor to set itself from the pack by creating unrivaled music.
The two programs that TCO presented in the concerts were imbued with rich Taiwanese flavor. In particular, Sketches of Taiwan (For Chinese Orchestra) by BAO YuanKai gave local audiences fresh auditory perspectives; the composer himself even remarked after the concert that “the Chinese orchestra version surpassed the original symphony version with its unique characteristics.” In fact, over the past year, TCO has been striving to fine-tune its timbre and realign the balance between various sections. For example, the percussion and wind instruments are now more integrated with the orchestra without sounding overtly prominent, while the bass section’s deep-sounding notes provide a firmer foundation. Meanwhile, meticulous attention has been paid to highlight the melodicity of the erhu and plucked instruments—the two sections that distinguish Chinese orchestras from their symphonic counterparts.
Going forward into 2017, we hope to create a richer palette of sounds unique to TCO, making the orchestra “the sound of Taipei” in the Chinese music community. What’s more, we will also actively look for opportunities to commission and perform new works of Chinese music.

Silk Road Bimonthly 050