Shanghai Kun Opera Troupe (上海崑劇團) will feature a mixed program of opera highlights, a full performance of a modern adaptation of The Dragon and Phoenix Vest (龍鳳衫) and the traditional opera Tale of the Embroidered Jacket (繡襦記). The highly regarded Chinese troupe will be bringing over a couple of kun superstars and feature a cast of up-and-coming performers. Kun opera has a long history and is notable for its refined and sophisticated
expressiveness. Details can be found at www.tmseh.gov.tw. At the Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25 Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei (台北市八德路三段25號). Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,800 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
● Today, tomorrow and Sunday at 7:30pm
Blind Dates (情•約), another installment in the 12th Crown Arts Festival (第12皇冠藝術節), is a post-modern exploration of love in the modern world based on the idea of speed dating. At the Crown Art Center Theater (皇冠小劇場), B1, 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei (台北市敦化北路120巷50號B1). Tickets are NT$350 and are available from the venue.
● Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
Secret Life of Suzy Wong Asian Comedy Sessions by gonzo ex-pat comedian Dan Machanik takes audiences on a hilarious, wild ride through the glimmering underbelly of his Asian mis-adventures. The show is in English, runs 60 minutes and contains adult themes. Admission is NT$100. At Citizen Cain, 67 Dongfeng St, Taipei. Tel: (02) 2708-4557 or visit www.citizencain.com.
● Tonight at 10:30pm
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Shostakovich Cycle X: Peace Prospect (國家交響樂團 -- 蕭斯塔可維奇系列十--和平的憧憬) will perform Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, op.60 and Tchaikovsky's Francesca de Rimini, op.32 at Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (台南市立文化中心), 332 Chunghua E Rd Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段332號) tonight and at the National Concert Hall this coming Sunday. Rudolf Barshai, who studied composition from Shostakovich himself, will be the conductor. Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,500 in Taipei and NT$100 to NT$200 in Tainan through NTCH ticketing.
● Tonight at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
Pianist Olga Kern & Taipei Symphony Orchestra (范克萊本金牌 -- 歐嘉肯恩與台北市立交響樂團) will present a program including Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 and Symphony No. 6 conducted by Andras Liegeti at the National Concert Hall. Kern was awarded the Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the first woman to have achieved this distinction in more than 30 years. Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. She was winner of the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at age 17 and recipient of an honorary scholarship from the President of Russia in 1996. She is now a member of Russian International Academy of Arts. Tickets are NT$200 to NT$800 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
● Saturday at 7:30pm
San Francisco Guitar Quartet (SFGQ, 舊金山吉他四重奏) will present a wide array of musical genres and styles at the National Recital Hall. Since its inception in 1997, the SFGQ has distinguished itself as a cutting-edge chamber ensemble committed to precision and excellence in the performance of contemporary and classical works. As of press time, NT$300 tickets are sold out, but seats are available from NT$450 to NT$600 through ERA ticketing.