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Events & Entertainment

The Englelbert Hamperdinck Totally Amazing World Tour (英格柏2006台北演唱會) stops over in Taipei on Tuesday June 20. Hamperdinck has been described as Britian's Elvis, though his career didn't end on a toilet. The British crooner has clocked up 35 years in music, including 64 gold and 24 platinum albums. He rose to fame in the 1960s along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Tom Jones, and his repertoire includes some of Taiwan's favorite ballads. Of mixed English and Indian background, Humperdinck has established himself among the elite of the music industry, winning a Golden Globe as Entertainer of the Year and admission into the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1989. At the Taipei International Convention Center (台北國際會議中心), 1, Hsinyi Rd Sec 5, Taipei (台北市信義路五段1). Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$4,800 and are available through ERA ticketing. ● June 20

Theater

Sister Trio (三姐妹) by Shakespeare's Wild Sister (莎士比亞的妹妹們的劇團), an experimental play inspired by the Chinese classical tale Legend of the White Snake (白蛇傳) that weaves a tale which explores the different levels of female relationships. This is the first show of the 12th Crown Art Festival (第十二屆皇冠藝術節), and cements director Hsu Yen-ling's (徐堰鈴) repu-tation as a skilled interpreter of lesbian relationships. At the Crown Theater (皇冠劇場), 50 Lane 120, Dunhua S Rd, Taipei.

● Tickets are NT$350 and are available through Taipei Dance Forum, call (02) 2514-8486 X101, or from Crown Theater, call (02) 2716-8888 X110.

● Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

Ching Chung Topples the Brass Flag (秦瓊倒銅旗), a performance of beiguan (北管) theater, featuring both luotan (亂彈) performances and puppet performances, as part of the 2006 Taipei Traditional Arts Festival. The show provides an invaluable showcase of the beiguan style which dominates traditional theater in Taiwan, and includes performances by one of the nation's best known puppet masters, Huang Hai-tai (黃海岱) and beiguan musician Chiu Huo-rung (邱火榮). At the Taipei Zhongshan Hall (台北市中山堂), 98 Yenping S Rd, Taipei (台北市延平南路98號).

● Tickets are NT$200 to NT$800 and are available through NTCH ticketing or at the venue.

● Wednesday 7:30pm

Little Place (小地方), part of the Sixth Sense in Performance Art Festival (第六種官能表演藝術季), is an attempt to transcend the limitations of "theater for the blind," and includes blind, mentally handicapped and regular performance artists, whose circumstances have forced them to have a radically different perspective on the world. At the Guling St Theater (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號).

● Tickets are NT$300 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

● Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2:30pm

Music

Formosa Singers 2006 Concert (福爾摩沙合唱團九五年系列音樂會) bases much of its music on Aboriginal and Taiwanese folk songs as well as coral music and will include Durufle's Quatre Motets, excerpts of Francisco Feliciano's coral works, and Taiwanese Aboriginal songs in the performance at the National Concert Hall (國家音樂廳). The Formosa Singers, a mixed choir of about 40 members, was remodeled from the Taipei Philharmonic Madrigal Choir in 1995 by conductor Julian Su (蘇慶俊) and is dedicated to "expressing the essence of Taiwan in songs."

● Tickets are $300 to $1000 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

● Tomorrow at 7:30pm

Ju Percussion Group's Spring Concert (朱宗慶打擊樂團), by a group devoting itself to performing, education and percussion since 1986, will perform the theme of Listening, Smiling (聆聽微笑) to pay a tribute to the migrant workers in Taiwan at Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中中山堂), 98, Hsuehshi Rd (學士路98號). The program will include Soeng Lsan's Humron-gyana from Thailand, Go Thi Nhip's Tro Ve Taynguyen from Vietnam, Dinuy-ya's Tinikling from the Philippines, and Kebyar Legong's Ketiak from Indonesia. In this concert, many rare instruments will be introduced, including the Thai gong, Indonesian Gamelan, Vietnam Bamboo Xylophone, and the Philippine Angklung.

● Tickets are $300 to $900 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

● Sunday at 7:30pm

Chen I-lin (陳宜琳) will present her fifth consecutive year of Violin Recitals at the National Recital Hall (國家演奏廳). Now in her late 20s, she is already a superb violin virtuoso, holds a MFA degree in violin from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and is the founder of the Elegant Art Chamber Orchestra (絃琴藝緻室內樂團). The program this year will include Franck's Sonata for Violin in A Major, Ravel's Tzigane, Chiang Chia-chen's (江佳貞) Dance, and Brahms's Violin Sonata in D Minor no.3, op. 108.

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