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Events & Entertainment

Sweden's Gustaf Sjokvists Chamber Choir (瑞典古斯塔夫室內合唱團) will return to Taiwan this evening, the first time since their debut here in 2002. Conductor Gustaf Sjokvists, the founder of the choir, is one of the most renowned choir directors in Sweden today. The choir is best known for its unique sound, both in classical music and jazz. Part of the 7th Taipei International Choral Festival (2006 第七屆台北國際合唱音樂節), the choir will present an array of contemporary works and modern Swedish folk songs, including Mantyjarvi's Pseudo-Yoik and Four Shakespeare Songs, Rautavaara's Och Gladjen Dansar and Sommarnatten, Strauss's Der Abend, Sandstrom's Agnus Dei, and Lidholm's A Riveder le Stelle. * At the National Concert Hall, Taipei * As of press time, NT$300 and NT$1,500 tickets are sold out, but seats are still available from NT$500 to NT$1,200 through NTCH ticketing. * Tonight at 7:30pm

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Theater

English National Ballet will be performing its interpretation of Peter Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. The ENB's Swan Lake, which premiered in 2000, was choreographed by the company's then artistic director, Derek Deane. The current show involves an imported cast of 64 members and will be performed to music played by the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra.

* At the National Theater, Taipei.

* Tickets cost from NT$2,800 to NT$5,800 and are available through TRTC ticketing.

* Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

Bai Suzhen – A Kabuki Forgery (清照茉莉王世緯一人芝居獨角戲 – 白素貞) by the Lee Qingzhao the Private (李清照私人劇團), an experimental mixture of Chinese classical tales with Japanese kabuki staging. This is a condensed version of the show performed last week at the Taishin Holdings Art Center (台新金控藝文中心).

* At Ringside (聚場), B2, 10 Siwei Rd, Taipei (臺北市四維路10號B2).

* Admission is free.

* Tomorrow at 8pm

Classical

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 fifth of a series of six lunchtime concerts. Violinist Frank Lu (盧耿鋒) will, with guitarist Lu Chia-hung (盧家宏), present Paganini's caprices No.1, No.13, and No.21.

* At the Taishin Arts Center, 2F, 118 Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei (台北市仁愛路四段118號2樓)

* Admission is free

* Today at 12:30pm

Mozart Requiem (莫札特安魂曲) will mark the closing of the 7th Taipei International Choral Festival at the National Concert Hall tomorrow. The first part of the concert will be presented by Australia's Coco's Lunch and Sweden's Gustaf Sjokvist Chamber Choir, with Gustaf Sjokvist conducting. They will perform Sandstrom's Psalm 139 and Schonberg's Friede auf Erden. The second part of the concert will be Mozart's Requiem, featuring the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (台北愛樂青年管弦樂團) and two of the best Taiwanese choirs, the Festival Chorus (節慶合唱團) and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus (台北愛樂合唱團). Gabor Hollerrung, the Music Director of the Budapest Academic Choral Society, will conduct the chorus of over 200 singers and instrumentalists.

* At the National Concert Hall, Taipei

* Tickets cost NT$500 to NT$1,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

* Tomorrow at 7:30pm

Shin-Ichi Fukuda and Louis Tsou Guitar Recital (福田進一與鄒世烈吉他獨奏會) will be held at Taichung's Shinmin Senior High School (新民中學藝術中心) tonight as the third concert of the six-concert series of the 2006 Formosa International Guitar Festival (2006福爾摩沙國際吉他藝術節). Tsou will play the first half of the program, including Dang Don's (董運昌) L'Apres-midi au Ann-Pin, Domeniconi's Koyunbaba, D'Angelo's Due Canzoni Lidie, and Piazzolla's Poema Valseado and La Muerte del Angel “Tango”. In the second half of the program, Fukuda will present Villa-Lobos's 5 Preludes, Giuliani's Rossiniane No.1, Op.119, and also Taiwan's premiere of Cuban Composer Leo Brouwer's El Arpa y La Sombra. Tania Chagnot and Jimmy Liu Guitar Recital (塔妮雅.夏紐與劉士堉吉他獨奏會) will also be held in Taichung on Sunday. In the first part of the concert, Liu will play Tarrega's Capriccio Arabe, Brouwer's Danza Caracteristica, Sojo's Venezuelan Suite, Mozart's Introduction and Variations on the Theme from Mozart's The Magic Flute, Op.9 arranged by Sor, Sor's Grand Solo, Op.14 arranged by Aguado, Bach's Cello Suite No.1, BWV1007 arranged by Liu himself, and York's Introduction and Sunburst. In the second half of the program, Chagnot will showcase Praetorius's 4 Danses du Terpsichore, Mertz's Elegie, Brouwer's Tres Apuntes, Kleynjans's L'Aube du Dernier Jour, and Dyens's Saudade No.3.

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