Sinbad, the Treasure of the Pirate King (辛巴達之太陽寶石), by the Dafen Musical Theater (大風音樂劇場), a new musical production of the classic tale of adventure and heroism, will be performed at Taipei's National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (台北國父紀念館) this weekend. Dafen is widely regarded as the Disney of the East and the show is ideal family entertainment. Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,300 and can be purchased through ERA ticketing.
* Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at 7:30pm
Shamlet (莎姆雷特), a comic play by the Ping-Fong Acting Troupe (屏風表演班), returns to Taipei after a nationwide tour. Shamlet, an established piece in the Ping-Fong repertoire, was reprised earlier this year, with Hugh Lee (李國修) updating the show, in true Ping-Fong fashion, to reflect new, topical issues and attitudes. Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing. At Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25 Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei (台北市八德路三段25號).
* Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm.
Icarus by German puppeteer Florian Feisel and I Am Another Yourself by local puppet troupe The Puppet and Its Double (無獨有偶), will be performed this weekend as part of the 2006 Guling Street Little Theater Festival's Human and Puppet Carnavio at the Guling Street Theater (牯嶺街小劇場) located at 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號). Tickets are NT$350 and are available through NTCH ticketing and from the venue. More information about the show can be found at www.glt.org.tw/art/.
* Tonight at 7:30pm (Icarus), tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm and 4:30pm (I Am Another Yourself)
Taishin Arts Center Lunch Time Concert (台新金控藝文中心午間音樂會) will be held at the Taishin Arts Center (台新金控藝文中心) today from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Part of Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture's summer program, this concert is the fourth of a series of six lunchtime concerts. The wind quartet concert will feature flutist Chiang Chia-ying (江佳穎), oboist Wu Ya-chen (吳雅真), clarinetist Lai Yi-jui (賴怡叡), and bassoonist Liu Tse-wen (劉澤文). The program will include three Moravia dances, and a set of partitas with exotic elements from Spain and Mexico, as well as other pieces.
* At the Taishin Arts Center, 2F, 118 Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei (台北市仁愛路四段118號2樓)
* Free Admission
* Today at 12:30pm
Friends from Sweden! (來自瑞典的長笛夏夜!) will be presented at the National Concert Hall tomorrow. The concert will feature Swedish flute master Goran Marcusson and National Symphony Orchestra principal flute player Anders Norell. Hou Yu-piao (侯宇彪) will be the conductor and Taipei Symphonic Band (TSB, 台北青年管樂團) will also play. The program includes divertimento for flute and wind instruments by Alfred Reed, Andante and Rondo for two flutes and wind instruments by F. Doppler, and a flute concerto by Mike Mower.
* At the National Concert Hall, Taipei
* Tickets are from NT$400 to NT$1,000 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
* Tomorrow 7:30pm
The Splendor of Piano Duo (雙鋼琴音樂會) at the National Recital Hall will feature two promising pianists Wang Chen-yi (王真儀) and Liu Yi-chun (劉怡君). They will play Arensky's Suite, Op.15, Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56b, Debussy's Lindaraja, and Rachmaninoff's Suite, No.2.
* At the National Recital Hall, Taipei
* Tickets are NT$300 and NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
* Sunday 7:30pm